Ralph Nader did it in 2000 for the Greens. If he hadn’t been in the mix- Gore would have won the 2000 election without any hanging chads or recounts or legal battles. Now the Green candidate has caused tumult in the Virgnia Senate race.
The Greens took 25,000 votes and undoubtedly these votes would have gone to Mr. Webb. If Webb could have put those Green votes in his column he would handily win over Mr. Allen. As it is- we may not know for days who the winner is and we may have a recount as well. While I respect the idea of a third party- it just isn’t in the cards folks! And the thing that really chaps my hide about this is that the Greens know darned well that they don’t have a fighting chance to win.
So they go on potentially spoiling Democrat victories which, even if you are more left than the mainstream Dems (like me), we know will be better for our policy agenda than a Republican. As of this writing we have no idea what will happen with Virginia, but we know that if there hadn’t been a Green candidate we would know we had a Democratically controlled Senate. While Webb is currently ahead- who knows what the outcome will be.
If Webb loses we can thank the Greens.If we really care about our issues and not our egos it is time for the Green Party to temper personal ideology with a little political pragmatism.