The Green Party, as we all know from our history books, was a spoiler in the 2000 election, effectively denying Gore and the Democratic Party the presidency. The party line, of course, was that there is no substantive difference between Democrats and Republicans (a sentiment with which I disagree quite strongly-- but that’s not the point of this thread). I get the impression that many voters, thinking that their vote wouldn’t make a difference in the election, cast a Green party vote as a form of protest. Of course, it turns out that those votes <i>did</i> matter.
I am curious as to whether Dopers believe the Greens will field a Presidential candidate in 2004, and if so, who?
I notice that the Greens have announced that if Kucinich gets the Democratic nomination, they will endorse him and will not field a candidate of their own. The implied obverse is that if anyone else gets the Democratic nomination, the Greens will put up a candidate.
Since Kucinich has exactly zero chance in the Democratic nomination process, may we assume there will be a Green Party candidate in '04? Who will it be? Does the endorsement of Kucinich raise the possibility that he will make the switch and run as a Green?
Will the Green Party again be a spoiler for the Democrats?
And I’d like to hear from folks who voted for the Green Party last time around. Are you inclined to do so again? In a hypothetical Kucinich vs. Clarke vs. Bush race, who’s your man? What if Dean gets the Democratic nod? What if Nader is the Green candidate? Or Cynthia McKinney?