Are the Greens Serious about building a political party?
This is an honest question.
So the details of her campaign are kind of irrelevant to my current position. My problem with her campaign is my inability to talk to it. I've asked about their Kansas Ballot intensions but, Haven't heard back.
There are only three possible answers to this question: (1)Yes, I will be on the ballot in Kansas, (2) We are in the process of gathering signatures to be on the ballot in Kansas, please contact _________ if you are interested in helping us collect signatures, or (3)We do not anticipate being on the ballot in Kansas, please sign up for our email list for the latest news about our campaign. Ignoring a inquiry is a sign of a party that does not recognize the obligations of being a political party.
Being a political party is more than forming a platform of principles and identifying policies that would put those principles into practice. Being a political party means doing the basics of party building work. So far the Green Party has not shown the ability or even the interest in recruiting the sort of people who are interested field operations or basic support work such as maintaining a data base of voters along with a data base of past volunteers (or integrating the two which is so simple even I can do it).
I hear so many complaints from emergent parties, not just Greens, about how the press won't take them seriously, but when a reporter cannot find your web site, not even a blogspot blog with a email contact, when a reporter never sees your volunteers at state fairs, local parades or other obvious opportunities for visibility, when they don't see your party carrying out the normal functions of a political party, then they will not treat you like one.
And political candidates cannot be expected to set this up on their own. In limited cases, on a local level, some candidates will arrange that these tasks be carried out, those are the candidates who will win, or at least push past 10% of the vote. But it is precisely the job of local, or at least state committees to put this infrastructure in place so that each candidate is not expected to reinvent the wheel. Until the Greens understand that this sort of drudgery is part of building a movement, then they will continue to be marginalized and quite frankly deserve to be marginalized.