Third party candidates: cut out the boutique politics already
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:
For the past two decades, he has also been a writer, poet, and activist in the Green Party, peace and social justice movements.
Ed Bortz's positions on the issues are exemplary. He has turned out and spoken for single-payer, against war, against corporate control of politics, and generally done a lot more than I ever will to fight the good fight.
Why in FSM's name does someone like this not see that most of this will be confined to the echo chamber of those who already agree with us, unless we are willing to drop the badges of the lefty troops in the culture wars, and keep our upscale tastes for poetry and such out of the political discussions?
Or am I wrong?