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Cynthia McKinney Close to Clinching Green Party Nomination

Published on May 26, 2008, by in General.

Cynthia McKinney now has the support of over 50% of the delegates to the Green Party national convention who have been chosen so far. Although not all state Green Parties have chosen their delegates, most of them have, so it is very likely that she will obtain the nomination. The national convention is July 10-13 in Chicago. This post originally said she had clinched the nomination, but that was not accurate.

68 Responses

  1. Laine

    Does anyone care? McKinney has raised little money and Nader has over shadowed her in media coverage. IMO McKinney brings too much baggage with her I would prefere Nader return to the Greens or for Gravel to come to the Green Party.

  2. I care. I am thrilled that we Greens may not have to face a national convention with the sort of internal conflicts the last one did. Unlike the Libertarians, most Greens, I believe, would say that McKinney is a good fit for the Green Party. I have heard no one saying that she is not Green enough. I have heard no one say her voting record is out of step with the Green Party.

    I too am concerned with Congresswoman McKinney’s money situation. I too a, concerned about the national party’s money situation. But I am not concerned that my party was hijacked.

  3. Kelly

    You have 162 days to improve your money and media situation. Don’t waste a day of it.

  4. McKinney’s staff is undertaking what seems to me to be a well-thought out and aggressive fundraising strategy, based on the emails I get and postings I read. Give it time to shake out. On the other hand, they really need to improve her web presence and campaign material. Nader/Gonzalez is kicking the GP’s rear end in this department.

    I’ve said many times and continue to say that the McKinney campaign can, and should, target segments of the population which are not receptive to Ralph Nader, for whatever reason, as well as thoroughly disgusted segments who would otherwise not vote at all, not even for Ralph. In this regard I agree with Ralph’s contention that there is room for numerous progressive candidacies. I understand that most GP’ers find that bizarre, but I urge those folks who disagree to look hard at the target markets for both the McKinney and the Nader campaigns (and the Brian Moore campaign for the Socialist Party, for that matter).

    We should also remember that there will be numerous states in which this is a moot issue since both McKinney and Nader will not be on the ballot in those states, forcing people either to vote for the one who IS on the ballot or to cast a write-in vote, something most people – even third party people – are generally reluctant to do.

  5. Eddy

    I also like Mckinney a lot as our candidate. She’s a great rep of our values. But as for money and campaigning, I wonder if it will even matter. Personally, I think 3rd parties, particularly the Green Party, will be forgotten this year with the spotlight on the first major party black candidate (who is also a very charismatic leader).

  6. I hear you Eddy. The Presidential campaign, to me, has always been about bringing attention and people to the party in hopes of advancing local candidates and chapters of the party, whether Green, Constitution, Libertarian or otherwise.

    I think it’s very sad that the media will not allow a third party candidate to say “I hope to help local candidates get elected, grow the base of my party and secure ballot access in as many places as possible.” and consider that candidate to be a serious and important part of the debate.

    Instead, they force candidates into saying things like “We plan to win in November” which makes them look a bit silly to those who look at the reality and know better.

  7. While McKinney has not raised a great deal of money she has by far raised more then 2004 nominee David Cobb had at this point. Personally I’m thrilled to have her as our candidate. While she may not raise as much money or get as much coverage as Nader she will surely improve on our 2004 vote total.

  8. BOB WAYNE

    I HOPE SHE TAKES VOTES AWAY FROM OBAMA. FOR THIS REASON ONLY I WISH HER GOOD LUCK.MAYBE SHE COULD HAVE A BOXING MATCH WITH OBAMA.

  9. I HOPE YOUR CHURCH GROWS AND GROWS AND GROWS MR. WAYNE. MAYBE YOU CAN GET OBAMA AND MCKINNEY INTO A SHOUTING MATCH!

  10. Joel

    I think, correct me if I’m wrong, this is the first time the two major third parties, Libertarians and now Greens, will have two former congressmembers leading their tickets. I can’t help but think this will be a positive for them in regard to their party’s promotion.

  11. Michael Morrison

    Good comment, Joel. I too hope more people will pay more attention to the new parties, if only because at least two of their standard bearers have some public and/or media recognition.
    I think — although, I admit, it might be just wishful thinking — huge numbers of Americans are tired of, fed up with the two old parties and are aware there isn’t really enough difference between them to matter.

  12. Congrats to Congresswoman Mckinney for her success and receiving Green Party delegate committments.

    Cynthia Mckinney could make outstanding Green Party candidate.

    Suggest we show respect for Greens, delegates, and Congresswoman Mckinney by waiting for the convention result.

    Rightly so. The candidate is nominated only AFTER delegates vote.

    There are a great many leading national political figures like Mike Gravel, Kinky Friedman, Jesse Ventura, Lowell Weichert, even Geraldine Feroro (sp?) who might attract contributions, and media buzz that would help Ms. Mckinney on the ticket.

    Many sensible Green Party members continue to encourage Nader to attend the convention, and be on the Green Party ticket as Vice President.

    There are many good, known, and gifted veteran politicians who could bring skills, and funds to the Green Party ticket.

    This is indeed the first time you have two former congress people on (potentially) on ballot for Greens and Libertarians…That is, if Richard Winger, the nation’s leading expert on such matters, could confirm.

  13. Previous Instances with two of any major elected office:

    1980: John Anderson (Independent) and John Rarick (American Independent) – both from Congress

    1976: Gene McCarthy (Independent) and Lester Maddox (American Independent)

    1948: Henry Wallace and Strom Thurmond

    McKinney, with Obama, Barr, and no money, will not even get 100,000 votes nationwide. Nader, who, contrary to people on this board, has gotten zero media attention since he announced, will be lucky to get half the votes he got in 2004. I won’t be surprised if Chuck Baldwin gets more votes then Nader.

    The left is dead, Obama will be the next president, and the Ron Paul Revolution keeps rollin’ along!

  14. Deran

    Actually, McKinney has close to $100k so far, not as much as Barr, but as much as all th rest of the LP nominee candidates put together.

  15. “IMO McKinney brings too much baggage with her I would prefere Nader return to the Greens or for Gravel to come to the Green Party.”

    Gravel has retired from politics after losing the LP nomination to Barr. Otherwise I’d say draft him.

  16. Laine

    I know Gravel has announced retirement but it is very sad and he would have much greater success within the Green Party.

    Anyway Nader has recieved lengthy time on C-SPAN, the Daily Show, and various cable news outlets. Not as much as the major candidates but far more than anyone else on the independent/third party left.

  17. This so-called “cinch” of the Green Party nomination is a perversion of the Green value (in name only) of Grassroots Democracy.

    Ralph Nader got 61% of the vote in her so-called home state of California, yet our delegates are ignoring the will of our own voters? Most of these “state parties” unlike the one in CA are mostly on paper and meet in living rooms and garages with a handful of people getting more delegate votes than thousands of Green voters.

    McKinney loses when it comes to Green voters and for the rigged Green convention to steal the nomination from Nader for a second time running only confirms the bankruptcy of the Greens as a political force in this country. It’s a total replay of the disaster of 2004 when David Cobb, who finished third place in CA (and fourth place with 11% of the vote in his fake home county of Humboldt, losing even to Lorna Salzman, who has never stepped foot in Humboldt). David Cobb nearly destroyed the Greens that year, and now his minions are finishing the job.

    I had intended to attend the Green convention in Chicago this year, if at least to give voice to the Greens in Humboldt who would otherwise be betrayed in their clear and consistent preference for Nader. But if this convention is rigged before I even get there with paper tiger state parties under a rigged electoral college-style system overturning the will of Green voters, then why bother? Congratulations Greens, you’ve finally driven a 12-year Green organizer right out of your corrupted and useless party.

    Charles Douglas
    Nader/Gonzalez Elector, California
    Delegate (in protest), GP Convention 2008
    State Coordinating Committee, GP of CA, 1997-2000
    GP of Humboldt County Council, 1998-99, 2004-05

  18. Laine

    Nader made it clear that he would not seek the Green Party endorsement even if he got it. Why the aggression Charles?I take it there must be some shady behind the scenes deals that the rank and file greens are unaware of. Regardless wouldn’t your efforts to get Nader on the ballot in CA be better accomplished via the Peace and Freedom Party?

  19. Brent McMillan

    This story is factually incorrect. Cynthia McKinney would need to have 419 delegates in order to have over 50% of the delegates. She currently has 243 delegates. If you want the accurate total of those delegates assigned as certified by their state committees go to:

    http://www.gp.org/2008-elections/Delegate-Vote-Count.php

    The Green Party is not making any judgements about who is going to get the nomination until our national convention takes place in Chicago July 10 – 13. For more information about the convention:

    http://www.greenparty2008.org

  20. The Peace and Freedom Party is a joke, and has been for many years. Which faction owns them again, the Workers’ World Party or the Revolutionary Socialist Party? So many useless Marxists running around in self-important grandeur, I can’t keep track.

    Nader is going for independent ballot status in CA, having already predicted the subversion of democracy within the so-called party of grassroots democracy. Yes, there are shady deals afoot within the Greens, mostly involving Democrat-linked foundations throwing David Cobb and his fake front groups (Liberty Tree, CA Center for Community Democracy, Green Institute, etc.) all the pay-off money they could ask for.

    Let’s see, democracy is subverted within my party for two presidential elections in a row, I finally decide to leave, and that makes me the aggressive one? Democracy is the victim here, and I and the other members of the pro-Nader majority within the Greens are not the perpetrators.

  21. Any word on whom Rep. McKinney might select for her running mate?

  22. Select, what a telling word. Heaven forbid there’s an ELECTION involved in the process for the party of “grassroots democracy” and all that b.s.

  23. NE

    I think this is great news for the Green Party. I know of many people on the left who are very excited about her campaign and plan on voting for her. I am certain that she will get more votes than David Cobb did (even I voted for Nader in 2004).

  24. Michael

    You’re all nuts. You elected GWB by voting for Nader.

  25. Greg Gerritt

    McKinney is leading in votes, and has more than half of the allocated delegates by some counts, some of which take into account unofficial results, but she does not have more than half of the potential votes at the convention pledged to her. I think Richard Winger’s analysis is premature.

    As for the state of the campaign, it continues to grow. My prediction this year is that McKinney will receive about double Cobb’s votes, and that Nader will continue his downward trend. I also think Green Congressional candidates will do quite well.

  26. Even Al Gore dismisses the ludicrous theory that Nader elected Bush. Gore listed 10 reasons he “lost” * the 2000 election, none of which even mentioned Nader — more to do with Clinton kneecapping his campaigning in Arkansas and Gore failing to carry his own home state, never mind the stolen votes in Florida as well-documented by Greg Palast and others. Gore won the popular vote and he won the electoral vote and five unelected fascists on the Supreme Court overturned the will of the voters, it’s that simple.

    While you’re at it, why not blame Gloria La Riva? She got more votes than the fake margin of “victory” * for Bush in Florida, as long as we’re spreading the blame for Gore’s inability to convince hundreds of thousands of Democrats to vote for their own party’s legitimately chosen nominee.

  27. I think McKinney is a good candidate.

    Ralph Nader would be a better candidate in the sense that he’s better known and he doesn’t have the stigma attached to him that McKinney has. (Please note that I am not saying she DESERVES that, it’s just the way the media has done her.) Nader left the party over the “safe states” strategy, which is the flip side of the “scorched earth” strategy. I can’t blame Mr. Nader for his position on that. If you’re running for a national office you have to run in all states.

    We have two things to thank for the GP split. First, the most gawd-awful executive branch that even our founders couldn’t have imagined coupled with a spineless Congress, a corrupt judiciary, and a cowardly and even complicit press. Those things combined to make the continuation of the Bush presidency so awful to contemplate that many Greens were motivated to set aside their political ideas because they believed that the US couldn’t withstand another 4 years of Bush. They became the anybody-but-Bush Greens.

    The second thing has been stated above, and although it is totally incorrect and a bogus argument, there are some people who believe that the Green Party cost the Democrats the election in 2000. To them, I say this… PFFFFFT. The Democratic Party doesn’t “own” any votes. They EARN votes. Anyone who voted Green in 2000 had their reasons for doing it, and that would be that they thought the Green candidate was better than the REPUBLICAN OR the DEMOCRAT. Truth be told, I voted for Gore in 2000, but in retrospect, if I would have known he was going to back down gracefully in Florida I wouldn’t have wasted my vote on him. Nader is a better candidate and he’s done more for Americans than any 5 candidates the GOP or the Dems have put up. And he hasn’t gotten rich doing it, either.

    So we have the threat of 4 more years of Bush plus the blame of putting him in office in the first place. So the Greens split up, setting back the party decades and losing their leadership. If McKinney can pull it together, more power to her.

    I joined the Democrats this year to be a precinct captain for Obama. I believe that Obama is the best mainstream candidate the Dems have produced in years. I don’t think he’ll hurt us one bit, although I seem to be hearing some subtle backing away from some of his more important stands… like, for example, refusing to talk to Hamas. Nonetheless, I believe that he will handily beat McCain and set us back in the right general direction.

    Any Greens out there who still follow the scorched earth school ought to think about this… the ideals are great, but we definitely are running out of time. Interim steps are better than steps in the wrong direction. The Dems are not going to respond to the Greens by moving to the left, because they are in a pitched battle for the center.

    So what I’m saying is this… Mr. Nader, I respect your decision to leave the party and in fact I love you as a fellow human being who has worked his whole life to make our planet a better place to live. But I have to disagree… the Dems & GOP are not identical, they only look that way.

    -Wexler

  28. For those wanting to know more about the Green Party, I would invite you to visit us over at http://www.GreenPartyWatch.com

  29. Thanks for the link Gregg, I hope your news site lives up to its name. Humboldt County, here in California, has lost a third of its registrants in the last two years after David Cobb took over the party organization and purged all dissenting voices, including local Green candidates who have since left the party. There’s a tale the Cobbites don’t want Greens to know about!

  30. Tom Yager

    “Most of these “state parties” unlike the one in CA are mostly on paper and meet in living rooms and garages with a handful of people getting more delegate votes than thousands of Green voters.”

    Sectarian Naderites like Charles Douglas have spent the past four years sitting back on their rears and jeering at weaker state Green parties. I’ve hardly ever seen anyone from the Nader-or-nothing crowd offer any suggestions for party-building in the smaller states. All they care about is tooting the horn of the stronger parties.

    “McKinney loses when it comes to Green voters and for the rigged Green convention to steal the nomination from Nader for a second time running only confirms the bankruptcy of the Greens as a political force in this country.”

    What a total crock. The apportionment formula for the convention was based on the delegate apportionment formula for the Green National Committee. It simply took the number of GNC delegates and multiplied by four.

    The GNC formula was determined in early 2007, before McKinney or Nader entered the race. The formula for the convention was passed in January, before any of the primaries, caucuses, and conventions took place. Please tell me which state-by-state polling data of likely Green voters we used to “rig” the formula to favor McKinney. Was it Survey USA? Rasmussen? Mason-Dixon? Zogby? Oh, wait. There wasn’t any!

    California’s share of the delegates is greater in 2008 than in 2004. My own state party sponsored the proposal in spite of the fact that our own delegation would be cut in half from 2004 to 2008.

  31. Jonathan

    McKinney will do worse than Cobb and that’s just sad. Too bad Nader and the Greens could not get together. Oh well, like Nader says: the more choices, the more voices, the better America is off. http://www.votenader.org a nice web site . I voted Nader in 2000 & 2004 but this time I will work my butt off for Bob Barr http://www.bobbarr2008.com
    I cannot work for Nader after he decided not to be relevant again by not seeking the Green Party nomination. He will be on 35 ballots if he is lucky

  32. ted tyson

    I am disturbed by those still too egotistical to admit they hurt our country in 2000 by spouting the false notion that both political parties are “the same”. This irresponsible rhetoric gave us the war in Iraq, the looming financial distaster and a creeping American police state that would make any facist proud.

  33. Laine

    I do hope for a unified progressive party whether in the Greens or in some other form. The media backlash of 2000 really destroyed what could have been the start of a new movement. Ever since the Greens and the independent left have been just trying to survive the aftermath.

    I am supporting Mr.Nader this time around but I am sure I will come back to the Green Party on the local/state level.

  34. Jonathan

    Let’s unite under the third party that has the best chance in putting a hurting on the establishment. This election much to my surprise is the Libertarians. Please donate to http://www.bobbarr2008.com And if you can’t bring yourself to vote for The Libertarians please donate to show your support. I donated to Nader even though I will be voting and supporting Barr/Root 2008

  35. Joey

    There will be many third party candidates running this year. Nader as an Independent, Barr as a Libertarian, McKinney as a Green and dont forget Alan Keyes who will be running as an Independent.

  36. Comrade Rutherford

    I use Cynthia McKinney as but one example when I discuss the Democratic Party. I say that the Democratic leadership is in complete collusion with the GOP. I say that there are only about 5 actual Democrats in Congress.

    One of them used to be Cynthia McKinney, but the Dem leadership hounded her out of office for telling too much truth.

    I also boast about voting for Nader in 2000. SInce I lived in a district that was going to go to Gore by 98%, I knew I could support the Green Party for that vote.

  37. Joey

    ALAN KEYES FOR PRESIDENT 2008!!

  38. Kelly

    Democrats voted for the Iraq War, for the Patriot Act, and have made zero effort to change either mistake since taking congress. The Dems are no different than the GOP.

  39. Joel

    Whatever happened to cross party voting? The Greens could easily nominate Nader. It would just be a second endorsement. Or, why not a compromise and nominate Matt Gonzalez?

  40. Phil Sawyer

    Laine Says:
    May 27th, 2008 at 1:42 pm
    Nader made it clear that he would not seek the Green Party endorsement even if he got it. Why the aggression Charles?I take it there must be some shady behind the scenes deals that the rank and file greens are unaware of. Regardless wouldn’t your efforts to get Nader on the ballot in CA be better accomplished via the Peace and Freedom Party?

    Phil Sawyer responds:

    Right on Laine! Please, Charles, come on over to the Peace and Freedom Party of California! You may want to wait until after the primary election on June 3rd. But please join us and bring your comrades, friends, and relatives also!

    Philip L. Sawyer, Member
    Sacramento County Central Committee
    (appointed incumbent and write-in candidate in the 3rd CCC District – supporter of the Nader-Gonzalez campaign)
    Peace and Freedom Party of California

  41. Phil Sawyer

    By the way, is Alan Keyes really an independent candidate for president?

  42. JimN

    One unfortunate thing going on is the ballot access disaster the Green Party is facing. I am not sure how many of McKinney’s supporters outside the Green Party, such as those involved with the Reconstruction Party, are assisting either the Green Party to get on the ballot, or are assisting McKinney to get on the ballot as an independent.

    One would have hoped that the McKinney candidacy would have helped surmount long-standing ballot access hurdles for the Green Party in states such as Georgia, McKinney’s home state. However, unlike Nader’s 2000 campaign, the McKinney campaign does not seem to be taking a leadership role in getting the Green Party on the ballot, and the Greens are strangely lackadaisical in getting themselves on the ballot.

  43. Joey

    ALAN KEYES FOR PRESIDENT 2008!!

    http://www.americasrevival.com/

  44. Eric Prindle

    The Naderites’ myth of the great Green Party of California, giant among state Green parties, surrounded by a bunch of little groups that meet in living rooms, sounds even more absurd than usual this year.

    The GPCA is running a grand total of six partisan candidates in November, despite having automatic ballot access. Arkansas, with less than 10 percent of California’s population, will probably end up with more than that. Meanwhile, the most prominent elected Greens in California appear to be overwhelmingly supporting Obama.

    I don’t mean to attack the GPCA. Every Green state party has its weaknesses. But some egos need to be cut down to size.

  45. Joey

    America needs a good choice for President and Alan Keyes is just that. Check out his webite at http://www.americasrevival.com and donate.

  46. Todd

    “America needs a good choice for President and Alan Keyes is just that. Check out his webite at http://www.americasrevival.com and donate.”

    Dude that is a great website. Alan Keyes is a true American as he believes in a strong Conservative agenda which includes lower taxes, securing our borders, and he has been conistently pro life. I urge all of you on this forum to check out his website.

  47. I’m thrilled. Her grilling of Rumsfeld was the best C-span episode ever.

  48. McKinney’s campaign is fresh, exciting, uniting and will achieve many of the core goals of third party presidential campaigns. The nuts and bolts of securing ballot status for state parties, earning media attention for local campaigns and helping to get local Greens elected and building a party base will all happen.

    This is why I work on third party presidential campaigns. Perhaps it is less exciting to think about than flaming rhetoric or thumping one’s manifesto, but this is what really matters. This is what is lasting after the second week of November.

    It is unfortunate that Mr. Nader will not be leaving any viable infrastructure behind from his 2004 and 2008 bids. It is also unfortunate that some zealots have turned a dedicated activist who deserves praise and respect into a cult figurehead, creating and spreading misinformation in his name. This does a disservice to both Mr. Nader and the Green Party.

  49. alex roberts

    McKinney is closer to a socialist than a capitalist. what a joke.

  50. Todd

    I don’t know why McKinney and Nader are running as we already have two socialist candidates in McCain and Obama. McCain has already voted against the bush tax cuts, taking hard earned money away from Americans who earned it. Thats why we need to turn to Alan Keyes who will let hard working Americans keep their hard earned money.

  51. april

    good for cynthia mc kinney. i’ll be voting for obama this time around (and i wish you all would too–but i’m not here to preach), but had he not received the dem. nomination (and there’s no reason to think he won’t at this point), i would have voted for sister cynthia.

    i think ralph nader needs to retire from public life altogether. he has become a selfish caricature of his former self.

  52. Tim

    How’s her hair these days?

  53. Cobb was a pitiful candidate;I voted Nader in 2004 because at least he tried to run a real campaign. I doubt he did the Greens any more long-term harm than the pathetic Cobb.

    McKinney, OTOH, won’t pull any punches and I will be proud to support her.

  54. Phil Sawyer

    It certainly would be interesting to see Alan Keyes running for president as an independent. Is he really doing that?

    What if Alan Keyes received the nomination of the American Independent Party of California and Ralph Nader got the Peace and Freedom Party nod? Then the voters of the Golden State would have “third party” choices of: Bob Barr (Libertarian Party); Alan Keyes (American Independent Party); Cynthia McKinney (Green Party); and Ralph Nader (Peace and Freedom Party). No Chuck Baldwin. California – what an interesting state!

    Go Lakers!

  55. Jack in DC

    Anyone who thinks McKinney is a “good candidate” does not have any idea what they stand for. What exactly is good about her? What issue does she embody that makes her an appropriate standard-bearer.

    As a liberal environmental lawyer I hoped the Green Party might mean something. But Green is obviously just a color to you all. Like Crips and Bloods. It means nothing. It certainly doesn’t represent environmentalists who continue to look in vain for candidates to carry our issues forward. Thank God for Al Gore, who though imperfect, has done more to raise awareness of Climate Change than anyone in any party.

    Make yourselves matter or, please, just go away.

  56. You could be a little more of a willfully ignorant, condescending jackass if you tried, Jack. Maybe study at the feet of your obvious mentors, Eric Alterman and Todd Gitlin and the rest of the pathetic Nation crowd.

    Go to McKinney’s homepage and read her platform. It’s all there. Oh, but I guess that’s too much work. You’d better continue to bravely insult others with racist metaphors about gang colors. (Hee hee. Black candidate. “Crips and Bloods.” Oh, so witty.) Go forth to joyously worship once more at the feet of Al Gore, because we all know how boldly he stood for real change over eight years in office and protected the citizens who voted for him and– Oh, wait. :p

  57. Laine

    Phil,

    Wouldn’t you imagine that Chuck Baldwin attempt to seek the AIP nomination?

  58. trent whitworth

    If McKinney is the Green party candidate, what party does Nader represent? The Nadirite party?>Its nice for the Greens not to be synonymous with that narcissistic pathetic old guy

  59. Laine

    Way to take the high road there Trent. Regardless Nader represents more people than the Green Party did in 2004.

  60. Pete

    If she can’t raise enough money for her campaign, maybe McKinney can get some media attention by assaulting another capital cop. Remember that? When she forgot her member of Congress ID pin and was stopped and asked for ID, then went spazzo and attacked a DC police officer.

    Of course, it’s not unlike the Green Party to nominate politically progressive egomaniacs. First Nader, then Cobb, now McKinney. Anyone see a pattern here?

    Anybody see that movie she was in about the 2004 election in Ohio, which tied into her completely unrelated primary election loss for Congress in 2002. Freaking camera-hound.

    Yeah, Cynthia will make a great GP candidate because she’s good at playing the race card and the victim card. And, of course, she’s completely nuts! Nice pick Greens. Yeesh!

  61. Phil Sawyer

    Jack in DC Says:
    May 28th, 2008 at 7:18 pm
    Anyone who thinks McKinney is a “good candidate” does not have any idea what they stand for. What exactly is good about her? What issue does she embody that makes her an appropriate standard-bearer. … [snip]

    Phil Sawyer responds:

    Perhaps you meant to write, “what she stands for,” instead of “what they stand for.” By the way, you must be a Democrat. Am I correct?

    Laine Says:
    May 29th, 2008 at 11:08 am
    Phil,

    Wouldn’t you imagine that Chuck Baldwin attempt to seek the AIP nomination?

    Phil Sawyer replies:

    Normally, one would expect the American Independent Party (the California affiliate of the Constitution Party) to simply ratify the national party’s nominations. However, I have been reading in these pages that there is a signifcant number of AIPers that want to nominate Alan Keyes. The Party could decide to disaffiliate from the national party and go ahead and nominate Mr. Keyes if it wants to. What about an Alan Keyes-Ezola Foster ticket? Would not that be fascinating?

    Pete Says:
    May 29th, 2008 at 3:10 pm
    If she can’t raise enough money for her campaign, maybe McKinney can get some media attention by assaulting another capital cop. Remember that? When she forgot her member of Congress ID pin and was stopped and asked for ID, then went spazzo and attacked a DC police officer.

    Of course, it’s not unlike the Green Party to nominate politically progressive egomaniacs. First Nader, then Cobb, now McKinney. Anyone see a pattern here?

    Anybody see that movie she was in about the 2004 election in Ohio, which tied into her completely unrelated primary election loss for Congress in 2002. Freaking camera-hound.

    Yeah, Cynthia will make a great GP candidate because she’s good at playing the race card and the victim card. And, of course, she’s completely nuts! Nice pick Greens. Yeesh!

    Phil Sawyer responds:

    When people start calling names that just shows that they are losing the debate on the issues!

  62. Tom Yager…liviing room green parties…

    Pluleezz…. your little left wing liberal rump group..has been a handful of people in Virginia for most of the last decade… seldom running candidats. You Yager, have NEVER been on the ballot for any public office. How can you claim to know real politics…

    You are a poser, Yager.

    The Green Party Rocks!

    Cynthia Mckinney is a GREAT candidate for the Greens.

    And I rather suspect the real Green Party in Virginia, the Independent Greens of Virginia, who have run hundreds of candidates on the ballot…will get the Green Party candidate on the ballot in Virginia.

  63. Kelsy

    I’m writing a paper on the coverage of this for my media class, about how it’s slanted. How come this hasn’t really been covered by national news station? I would think it would be, but I’ve barely heard anything, save a few phrases here and there about Nader.

    I’d appreciate anything since I’m fairly new to politics as a whole!

  64. Kurt

    I agree with Charles Douglas, McKinney will be a disaster for our party, just as Cobb was. For what it’s worth, I voted against her (by not making her my 4th choice) on our New York State primary ballot.

    This may well be the last nail in the Green Party coffin.

  65. The list of Green candidates is a lot more wholesome than the Republican in Libertarian clothing Bob “The Impaler” Barr. No matter who gets the Green nomination, I intend to vote for the party since it has proven more rational and better able to hold to its principles thant he Libertarians, who seem to be running Barr only because he has more name recognition than their past candidates.

  66. Gina

    The Green Party must really be confused and desperate. After watching Cynthia McKinney’s behavior, hitting the Capitol Hill police officer, in 2006, I couldn’t imagine her running for dog catcher. Why would anybody in their right mind elect McKinney to anything … let alone the Presidency of the United States?

  67. Very nice information. Thanks for this.

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