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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-10-09 09:55 PM
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204. Agree that there is nobility in running on principles, even against
impossible odds, as McKinney, if she is truthful, will readily concede was the case.

But your comparison with Senator McGovern is a misfire. In a wounding, losing campaign he still won dramatically more votes than McKinney won in her effort. The episodes are only remotely connected and they are not, IMO, comparable.

McKinney won the nomination of the U.S. Green Party, which is nowhere near as potent an organization as the Greens of many European nations. It is a spectacularly tiny consituency. For several reasons, McKinney could not even achieve 50-state ballot access, nevermind electoral critical mass.

When a candidate cannot provide a rationale or mechanism for his or her election, he or she may be said to be eclipsed. That is certainly the case with McKinney's Green Party quest. She was not effective, she was not communicative, she had no logistical mechanism for influence -- nevermind victory -- and she won only 160 thousand some votes coast to coast.

That is a pathetic showing by any measure.
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