Sunday, December 30, 2007

Green Candidate To Challenge Thompson

Looks like Carol Wolman jumped right on it, filing papers as a Green Party challenger to Mike Thompson's seat as soon as she was able to. I'm wondering if perennial Peace & Freedom/ Green Party candidate, Pam Elizondo, will also be running for that seat. I don't follow her too closely but it seems to me she's been a candidate for one thing or another every election as far back as I can remember.

I haven't voted for Elizondo yet, at least I don't recall doing so, but she's one of my favorites. Any candidate that shows up at a candidate forum wearing a sweatshirt, as opposed to more formal wear, is on my good side.

Next question: What about the Republicans? Will they be opposing Thompson this time around. Joy...Mike...any word on this yet?

As of yet, no libertarian candidate has filed for the position.
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In other election news, rumors are growing stronger of Republican Presidential candidate, Ron Paul, running a third party, or independent, race for president should he lose his party's nomination. Latest word I've heard is he's considering seeking the Constitution Party nomination. That's just rumor, at this point, remember.

I think it would be a mistake for Paul to align himself with any particular third party. If he decides to run, after losing the nomination, I think he should run as a strict "independent", although I'll admit to not knowing just exactly how the "independent" thing would work.

Reason I say that is that, if he runs under a third party banner, he'll pick up all the garbage of that particular third party might have with it and that could turn a lot of people off. I think many people might vote for Paul as an independent, but not if he's the Constitution or Libertarian Party candidate. I count myself among those (although, sure, I while I would vote for him as a LP candidate, there's probably just as many that wouldn't because he's the LP candidate).

If he runs as an independent, people won't have to worry about crossing party lines to vote for him, so to speak. I wouldn't have any problem voting for him. If other third parties decide to support Paul in his independent bid, so much the better.

14 Comments:

At 4:01 PM, Anonymous theotherme said...

if paul goes independant, the repubs can kiss the presidency good bye...he'll split the vote like nader did to gore in 2000...if it werent for nader, gore would have easily won in 2000....

 
At 5:30 PM, Blogger The Boy Most Likely to ... said...

I am wondering if you might know something about this Fred:

I have heard unofficial rumblings that Thompson is in fact vulnerable this coming election. Are those just baseless rumors, or could he face a real challenge this election cycle?

-boy

 
At 5:45 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Actually, Boy, that's the first I've heard that Thompson is vulnerable. You must be listening to the Greens and the Far Left that think he's vulnerable because he's not pushing impeachment.

Seems to me that he's well situated. Of course, most incumbents are.

 
At 5:51 PM, Blogger mresquan said...

"if paul goes independant, the repubs can kiss the presidency good bye.."

They can kiss it goodbye anyways,as Hillary is good enough for them.

 
At 5:55 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Indeed! Hillary seems to have a following amongst the statists. Many Reps and Dems adore her. Better her, than someone that might shake things up.

 
At 5:56 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Then again, the news media say most people will not vote for Hillary.

 
At 7:07 PM, Blogger The Boy Most Likely to ... said...

Do people, or the news outlets, want a Hillary vs, Giuliani election next year? Paul running as a third party wild card could be very interesting.

-boy

 
At 10:53 PM, Anonymous theotherme said...

hillary/obama ticket will be unbeatable.....ESPECIALLY is paul splits the votes of "conservative" voters(if there are any this election)

 
At 8:19 AM, Blogger The Boy Most Likely to ... said...

Would those two, Hillary/Obama really join forces after the slugfest that is going to ensue over the next few months? I am not so sure, some hard feelings may come about.

The right thing is for them to join up on a ticket, but who says that they will do the right thing?

-boy

 
At 6:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does "the right thing" have to do with it? They're politicians.

 
At 12:20 PM, Blogger The Boy Most Likely to ... said...

So, no party loyalty?

-boy

 
At 6:14 PM, Blogger mresquan said...

Expect to see a Paul/Kucinich Independent ticket.Talk of that between both campaigns is escalating.

 
At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone see that letter in the T-S today? The Greens under the tyranny of Cobb are in free-fall decline in voter numbers thanks to their mismanagement and divisive purges.

 
At 1:50 PM, Blogger samoasoftball said...

Isn't Jake Pickering running against Thompson? He wrote about doing just that in one of his LTE a few months ago. Mike is just about unbeatable in Northern Californias 1st Congressional District. He can do and say what he wants and no one cares. He doesn't have to even campaign. If you just take some of his sound bites:

"Mike has been a vocal opponent of the war in Iraq since before it began. In July, he introduced legislation that would immediately begin redeploying troops out of Iraq while simultaneously working with the United Nations to implement a region-wide strategy for containing Iraq’s civil war."

"Mike continuously fights for increased accountability of tax dollars spent in Iraq. In May, language from Mike’s War Funding Accountability Act was passed by the House in the Defense Authorization bill."

Sounds great, right? In reality he is a conservative Democrat that seems to have the correct niche constituents for his area. With no serious challengers, we will never really know where he stands on most issues.

 

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