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The Emergent Party "Solution": Keep Them Off the Ballot? Now with Post-Election Update!

I'm not sure if this is as bad as it looks, but I'm interested in seeing what other people think. In danps's post on emergent party laziness, I commented that Greens were irrelevant in California, because other than the presidential race, there are none on our ballot. Boy, was I wrong.

I completely forgot about the recently passed "top two" legislation, which is now spreading to other states -- where it is preventing third parties from even appearing on voters' ballots.

Here's "top two" in a nutshell: Read below the fold...

Matt Stoller’s ‘Domestic’ Case Against Voting for Obama

Matt Stoller writes in The Progressive Case Against Obama on salon:

Under Bush, economic inequality was bad, as 65 cents of every dollar of income growth went to the top 1 percent. Under Obama, however, that number is 93 cents out of every dollar. That’s right, under Barack Obama there is more economic inequality than under George W. Bush. ... most of this shift happened in 2009-2010, when Democrats controlled Congress. This was not, in other words, the doing of the mean Republican Congress. And it’s not strictly a result of the financial crisis; after all, corporate profits did crash, like housing values did, but they also recovered, while housing values have not.

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Jill Stein Filed Injunction Against Comm’n on Prez Debates

From Jill Stein’s website:

Last week Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein was arrested, along with VP candidate Cheri Honkala, attempting to get into the presidential debates in Hempstead, New York.  This week her fight continues with a lawsuit filed today [October 22] against the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), claiming that the CPD, Democratic National Committee, and Republican National Committee, together with the Federal Election Commission and Lynn University, had deprived her of her constitutional rights to due process, equal protection, and free speech, as well as her statutorily protected civil rights.

snip Read below the fold...

Shallow, Craven Messaging of Shallow, Craven Governance

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So what wasn’t and isn’t seriously on the discussion table during the highly publicized presidential and vice-presidential debates this month which have averaged 70 or so million citizen viewers? Read below the fold...

BOYCOTT/PROTEST NewsHour's BLACKOUT of 3rd Party Candidates!

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I am proposing several actions for citizens troubled by the NewsHour’s blackout of third party candidates. A blackout of the issues of the constituencies of third party candidates.

I propose similarly concerned fellow citizens:

Boycott the PBS NewsHour between October 15th and 19th, 5 broadcast days.

Email a complaint to the NewsHour about the lack of coverage of third party candidates (come on, it will only cost you a few minutes):

onlineda@newshour.org

Send a U.S. snail mail complaint (again a matter of minutes and a stamp):

MacNeil/Lehrer Productions
2700 South Quincy Street
Arlington, VA 22206

Contact PBS Ombudsman, Michael Getler: Read below the fold...

Third party candidates: cut out the boutique politics already

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Yes, I'm really happy that I don't have to vote for a Tea Party candidate in order to stick a thumb in the eye of Democrat Mike Doyle. I will get a certain satisfaction from touching the screen for Green Ed Bortz. (Not as much as from pulling the lever -- cachunk! -- on the old machines, never mind my total distrust of electronic digital voting machines.)

Yes, I know Doyle's chance of losing this seat is zero. That's why my vote is no more than a thumb in the eye.

The whole thing raises two questions:

First, why put in the effort to challenge a safe seat?

Second, if the answer is "in order to move the Overton Window to the left", why engage in boutique lefty image-making like this: Read below the fold...

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The Fear Card and the Guilt Card

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A little while ago I did a piece on tweeting the fear card, and the attempts of certain supporters of the Democrats in this year's elections to persuade dissatisfied and angry progressives that severe damage will be done to the country if the Republicans take over the House, the implication being that severe damage will not also be done if the Democrats retain control of the House. As the election has approached the fear card is being supplemented by the guilt card. Read below the fold...

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The trojan pony party

It seems there is talk of Andy Stern forming a third party. A little background on Andy Stern and why no one should have anything to do with him. Read below the fold...

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ThirdPartyTalk: Setting the Board

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I don't know if anyone pays attention to the generic ballot for Congress, but things are looking up lately for Republicans. The aggregate on Pollster.com shows a generic Republican polling only two points behind a generic Democrat; at several polling outfits, notably Rasmussen Reports, Republicans are ahead substantially in the generic ballot. Coupled with the losses Democrats suffered in the New Jersey and Virginia governors' races this month, you could argue that 2010 is shaping up to be a bad year for the Democratic Party. Read below the fold...

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Third parties

Let’s talk about third parties. Our role model should be Senator Bernie Sanders. He ran for mayor of Burlington, Vermont as a socialist and won. Since I am pig ignorant about Vermont politics, I have no insight into his original election; but the rest of his career is clear enough. He was a good mayor. The people of Burlington liked him, and Burlington is the largest city in Vermont. When the congressional seat came open (Vermont only has one, which is one more than DC, but never mind that) Sanders declared and the Democrats endorsed him. He was a good Congressman and low and behold, when the Senate seat came open the Sanders declared and Read below the fold...

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