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14 October 2010

The Green Party in Microcosm

This would be a great headline for The Onion if only the crack staff there had thought of it first. Rich Whitney is running for governor of Illinois. Alas, some voters will see the name "Rich Whitey".

There are typos and then there are complete and utter catastrophes.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the name of Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney is misspelled "Rich Whitey" on electronic-voting machines in 23 wards—"about half in predominantly African-American areas." The error only occurs on screens voters would see when they are reviewing their choices (Whitney's name appears correctly on the initial screens), but officials say the error cannot be corrected before election day.

How better to explain why the Green Party is almost never a viable public force in American politics? (One would think that a green party would have real grassroots, or at least a political base concentrated enough to make the other parties worried about Green electoral victories above the level of school committee or city council.)

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Posted by Tim W at 10/14/2010 02:57:00 PM

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