President Barack Obama will tonight give the first State of the Union address of his second term in office.
The address will again
focus strongly on the issues of jobs and the economy.
The Republican response will be delivered by Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and will focus on traditional Republican messages of lower taxes and spending
. The bilingual Senator plans to give his remarks in both English and Spanish
in an attempt to reach out to the Latino community which has proven difficult for Republican politicians to connect with.
There will also be a Tea Party response delivered by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. Senator Paul will call for
reduced spending and debt and for the Republican party to be more welcoming of immigrants. Jill Stein of the Green Party
will also give a response. [more inside]
"A few days ago, I participated in a debate with the legendary Daniel Ellsberg on the merits of the Obama administration, and what progressives should do on Election Day. Ellsberg had written a blog post arguing that, though Obama deserves tremendous criticism, voters in swing states ought to vote for him, lest they operate as dupes for a far more malevolent Republican Party. This attitude is relatively pervasive among Democrats, and it deserves a genuine response."
Matt Stoller lays out a progressive case for why one should not vote for Barack Obama for reelection
, even if you are in a swing state.
are declaring a winner in NY-26
as Democratic candidate Kathy Hochul
has a 6% lead (with 91% reporting)
over Republican Jane Corwin (previously)
in Tuesday's special election. [more inside]
, a Lithuanian-Colombian mathematician-philosopher and former mayor of Bogota, is running for president of Colombia
. As president of the Colombian National University, he mooned the student body. In two terms as mayor, he hired mimes to stand on corners
with red "INCORRECTO" banners to humiliate Bogota's legendarily reckless drivers, took a shower on TV to demonstrate water conservation, and instituted a one-night men-only curfew so the city's women could enjoy a single-sex night out (as seen previously on MetaFilter
.) Mockus will be the Green Party candidate in the May 30 election, part of a crowded field with no overwhelming favorite
. Mockus on Twitter
(en espanol.) Mockus campaign commercial
(en espanol tambien.) Mockus speaks at Harvard's Kennedy School
(in English, long.)
The Green Party rejects Ralph Nader.
On the second ballot at the Green Party nominating convention
held today in Milwaukee, WI, David Cobb defeated Peter Camajo (Nader's running mate) for the Green Party nomination, thereby denying Nader automatic placement onto the ballot in 23 states.
The Green Party of Canada's living platform
is their party platform... in Wiki form! It seems that only party members are able to participate in the Wiki, but the rest of us are still able to rank a plank
and vote for their platform's priorities in the next election. Once the election date is set, party administrators will form the input into some sort of rough fixed platform, but until then, it's "what real democracy looks like"
Greens target Senator Wellstone.
"What could possibly explain this idiocy? Natural selection? Ever since Wellstone built the most vibrant left-leaning organization in the nation, any Minnesota progressive with the intellect to tie his shoes has been a Democrat -- leaving the Greens with the sandaled, the shoeless, and the slow. This could just be some Minnesota exceptionalism.
But it's not."
Is Nader Right?
Or is he just fooling himself? I mean, even I can tell the difference between Democrats and Republicans. Apparently, the best Ralph can ever hope for is to ruin the Democratic party. If I were a Republican, I'd be donating to the Green party right about now.
I looked at the Green Party platform
for the first time today, as a followup to the Nader discussion below. I like the ideas, in general, but how would we fund them? I don't like current economic policies, etc, but the money sure seems to flow. A lot of us seem to be Greens. How's it work?
I know it is cheap and easy to link to Salon, but I imagine this might make interesting conversation.We can thank Nader and his supporters for the election mess -- and they're not even sorry.
Don't you idiots know the Democratic party owns your votes? Quit being so selfish.
nader's stock portfolio
"In the financial disclosure form Nader filed on June 14, the Green Party presidential candidate revealed that he owns between $100,000 and $250,000 worth of shares in the Fidelity Magellan Fund. The fund controls 4,321,400 shares of Occidental Petroleum stock."
Read on for more...
Greens for Gore
have a voting strategy. If you like Nader, you might want to see what they have in mind.