Monday, February 15, 2010

I was briefly surprised....

Today's T&G had an article early in the election cycle about Jill Stein, who is running for Governor as the Green Party candidate.

The cynic in me believes that the newspaper, which endorsed Scott Brown, views Dr. Stein as a candidate that can siphon votes from Deval Patrick.  We'll see if the T&G endorses Charles Baker in the fall.

The idealist in me thanks them for their early attention.  In 2002, very few voters knew who Dr. Stein was heading into the debates.  Most voters I spoke with considered a vote for the Green Party a wasted vote, but admitted that she acquitted herself very well in the debate.  (Then again, anyone with half a brain would have looked good going up against Mitt Romney, Shannon O'Brien, Carla Howell and Barbara Johnson.)
Then I got to the comment section for the article.  Once again, the level of debate is slightly less advanced then what you would find on a schoolyard during recess.  Maybe no one was kicked in the shins, but can't we do better as a nation?

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