People who know him tell me that Dixon is a dedicated activist and an all around nice guy. But let’s be honest… the only impact he can possibly have on the outcome of the November election is to draw enough votes away from Cantwell to give the seat to Republican Mike McGavick.
Much to the distress of some of my readers, I have written quite passionately in the past about the left’s self-destructive obsession with marginal third party candidates and futile primary challenges… and I expect I’ll rant a bit on Dixon in the future. But for the moment, I’d like to ask my Green readers (assuming I still have any)… um… so exactly how “green” does a Democrat have to be before you decide there’s no difference between them and the Republican? I mean… take a look at Sen. Cantwell’s ratings from some very green organizations:
- 100% from NARAL (2005)
- 100% from the ACLU (2004-05)
- 100% from the Leadership Conference On Civil Rights (2001-05)
- 100% from American Association Of University Women (2001-04)
- 100% From Brady Campaign (2001-03)
- 100% from Children’s Defense Fund (03-04)
- 100% from Sierra Club (03)
- 98% from US Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) (2004-05)
- 95% from NAACP (2005), 100% (2003-2004)
- 95% “liberal quotient” from Americans For Democratic Action (2005)
- 93% from Human Rights Campaign (2001-04)
- 90% from the League of Conservation Voters (2005)
- “Wildlife Hero” from Wildlife Action Fund
Sure, I was as disappointed as anybody over Sen. Cantwell’s vote on the Iraq war authorization, but even my reliably liberal Congressman Jim McDermott occasionally casts votes with which I disagree. Besides, if anybody deserves blame for the Iraq war, it sure as hell ain’t Cantwell… it’s the deluded Nader voters who helped put George W. Bush in the White House.
Yeah, I know, I know… the Greens voted on principle. And as a result, thousands of American soldiers and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis are now dead.
On his campaign website Dixon writes: “We need and should have more than just a two-party system.”
Yeah… maybe. But we don’t. And I don’t quite see how lazily running an obscure candidate in a high-profile race is going to overthrow the two-party system?
As Kermit the Frog once sang: “It’s not easy being green.” But then, politics is hard.