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Wednesday, November 03, 2010


I embrace our role as potential spoilers. The lesson here is that if Democrats nominate conservative, big-money candidates, they risk losing elections.


At Thu Nov 04, 08:35:00 PM CDT, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

Grassroots 0.36 + Green 0.29 + Ecology Democracy 0.29 = 0.94. To clarify, we are not currently spoilers, which is why I said “potential” in my original post.

However, any of these three liberal parties, when added to Dayton’s margin of 0.42, could have increased his margin to over 0.50 percent. And when combined, Dayton could have won by 1.36 percent.

By forcing the recount, we have already earned our place in Minnesota history. And if Emmer does manage to overtake Dayton, that 0.94 percent will loom large.

Thankfully, there are thousands of Minnesotans who are rejecting the corporate parties. We have a long way to go, but we may be turning the corner. By my calculations, that 0.94 percent is an increase from 0.49 percent in 2006. With any luck, we can force Ranked Choice Voting at the state level, so liberal parties can benefit from the combined totals. Farheen Hakeem won the FairVote ranked poll. Imagine the things we could accomplish if RCV were the law of the land!

At Sun Nov 07, 10:55:00 PM CST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"0.94 percent is an increase from 0.49 percent in 2006"

Yeah, and a decrease from Pentel's 2.25% from 8 years ago. So as to that turning the corner, I don't think so.

At Sat Nov 13, 07:03:00 PM CST, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

That's what makes it a corner!

Actually Pentel's 2.25% in 2002 was down from Nader's 5% in 2000, which was down from what Perot was able to get with all his fortune.

I think we're replacing the motivator of competition with the motivator of conscientious objection, and this will take some time.

At Mon Nov 22, 03:36:00 AM CST, Anonymous Fred Markus said...

I'm glad to see your use of the eye candy and urge you to follow up with a metro area overview.

I'm headed in that direction myself as time and health permit, preparing groundwork for the upcoming redistricting episodes.

I'll be posting online in the weeks ahead. Good work!

At Mon Nov 22, 09:27:00 PM CST, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

Thanks Fred!


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