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COLUMN SEVENTY-THREE, JULY 1, 2002
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OUTCRY AGAINST DUMBFUCK MINNESOTA GREENS
Re: Green Candidate to Run Against Wellstone - Readers Respond (4 Comments)
Date: Tue, 28 May 2002 22:31:18 -0700 (PDT)
From: portsideMod firstname.lastname@example.org
from: Katha Pollitt; Nathan Newman; Hunter Gray & Esther
post, May 27, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/portside/message/2523
Katha Pollitt email@example.com
Greens made an articulate case against lesser-evilism when they ran Ralph Nader,
but how is this McGaa better than Wellstone? He doesn't even have Green politics! I really don't
understand what the Greens think they are doing: even in their own terms, this
candidacy offers nothing positive: no party-building, no possibility of putting
forward their own ideas, of showing up the narrowness of the two-party system.
If Wellstone loses because of them, who will be better
Go Nuts- Nominate opponent to Wellstone
into the twilight zone of political insanity, (see http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0525-09.htm),
the Green Party has
in Minnesota, just to run a candidate, any candidate, they have nominated Ed
McGaa who even the Greens are not sure even supports the Green Party platform.
While there is some grumbling against Wellstone for his response after
Sept 11, McGaa actually supports the war on terrorism and his proud of his 110
combat missions in Vietnam.
he has engaged in nasty canards of anti-DSemitism in arguing that Wellstone is
"more loyal to Israel than he is to the United States."
Greens argued that they differed from progressive Democrats in that they would
create an organization that could consistently elect good candidates. What
Minnesota shows is all they have created is an organization bent on nominating
spoiler candidates, whatever their politics.
Hunter Gray firstname.lastname@example.org
have only a brief comment on the Paul Wellstone campaign " and related
matters. First, Ed McGaa -- who is
running against Wellstone on the Green ticket -- and I have several things in
common beyond our Native American ethnicity.
I do know Ed McGaa to be a very honorable, sharp, thoughtful and
the other hand, were I in Minnesota -- as several of our family members
presently are, BTW -- I would vote for Wellstone. [He is one of the few
Democrats with whom I feel considerable empathy. I feel none, of course, with
any Republicans.] And Eldri and I
will be making a contribution to his campaign -- as we have on other occasions.
Although Wellstone was disappointing in the crucible of last fall, he was
-- as I noted, I believe, last summer in an ASDnet discussion -- consistently
responsive and helpful to many of our social justice endeavors -- even though we
contacted him from out-of-state [very much from North Dakota and occasionally
- Hunter Gray [ Hunterbear ]
( social justice )
so sorry to see another good man targeted because he is not PURE enough.
Losing Wellstone will be a great loss and hand over the country entirely
to the Republican conservatives. Surely
that is not the Green's intention.
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