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Old 06-27-2004, 12:47 PM   #1
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Greens nominate Cobb, snub Nader

Yesterday at their convention in Milwaukee, the Green Party nominated David Cobb as their presidential candidate, and decided not to endorse Ralph Nader. The delegates were evenly split between the "endorse Nader" faction and the faction supporting Cobb, who won the most delegates in Green Party primaries during the spring. But, on the second ballot, several party big shots plugged Cooper, a "home-grown Green" against non-party member Nader. This tipped the votes in favor of Cooper, and he was nominated. This means they'll petition to put Cooper on the ballots rather than Nader. Nader has yet to make it onto a state ballot.
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The Greens know where their bread is buttered this year.

Probably a smart move, regrettable though it is in some ways.
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The Greens that carried the day wanted to build the party, and they were irked that Nader was running as an independent. Possibly Nader didn't help himself when he complained, at one point, that the Green Party was full of competing factions--even though it sounds like he's right.
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I would say that the biggest factor of all was the fact that, if the Greens had not nominated a candidate, they would have jeopardized their placement on certain states' ballots for the future, due to how laws are formed. Endorsing a non-party candidate like Nader would not have been prudent.

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His campaign is dead in the water. With so much hatred surrounding Bush's administration he won't get but a few write-in votes because A) He won't be availible on most ballots and B) Kerry is looking like a saint compared to Dubya.

Sorry, Ralph. Good try, but this year is bad timing.
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His campaign is dead in the water. With so much hatred surrounding Bush's administration he won't get but a few write-in votes because A) He won't be availible on most ballots and B) Kerry is looking like a saint compared to Dubya.

Sorry, Ralph. Good try, but this year is bad timing.
I agree, 2004 isn't the year for a candidacy like Nader's. He tried putting Camejo on the ticket as his running mate to get the Green endorsement, and it didn't work. By November Nader's campaign might not even exist. He needed a party apparatus to get on the ballot in most states. A total of 1.5 million signatures is needed to get an independent candidate on the ballot in all 50 states. Without a state party apparatus, which he had in both 1996 and 2000, forget it.
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