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
the Democrats endorsed and he won. He is very popular in Vermont. I wonder why.
So instead of thinking about Congress or Senate, we should think about city council, clerk of the court, state legislature, and so forth. Are there credible third party candidates we should be supporting? We have to beware of vanity candidates. Too many Green candidates are Republican fronts. (DC is an exception, I don’t know if we can elect David Schwartzman, but the politics of this city make a Statehood/Green candidate within the realm of practical politics.)
So, does anyone know of any third party candidate worthy of a little link love?
Let’s think about next year, Virginia and New Jersey will be holding their elections for the state legislature, any decent third party candidates? There will also be local elections across the country next year, let’s think about them.
Ralph Reed took over the Republican party by understanding that School Board serves as the farm team for higher office, and School Board elections are low turnout elections. They are the sort of elections that can be swung by a relatively small by highly energized group. Well, if righties can do that, why not lefties? I can assure you that if Senators and Congressman start seeing Bernie Sanders types winning local elections it will get their attention in a hurry. From little acorns mighty oak trees grow.