Greens Should Use ?Safe States? Strategy in 2004


| July 11, 2003


Writing for Z Magazine, Ted Glick shows a way for the Green Party to avoid spoiling Democrat chances while maintaining the benefits of fielding a progressive candidate for president. Glick writes that the danger of having ?21st-century corporate warmongers and fascists in positions of power within the White House, Pentagon, [and] Justice Department? requires a ?safe states strategy,? focusing the Green campaign on states where past voting history and polling show that either Bush or a Democrat are very likely to win. Advantages include Greens gaining respect from Democrats, an increase in the possibility of the Greens achieving 5 percent of the national vote, and a continued nurturing of ?the shoots and seedlings of a viable progressive party.? Should the Greens buckle to pressure not to run a candidate, Glick warns, they could go the way of an earlier third-party movement, the once-powerful Populist Party, which in 1896 threw its support to Democrat William Jennings Bryan. By 1900, the party had virtually disappeared.
?Joel Stonington

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