On One Hand

October 8, 2008

Third Parties

Filed under: Uncategorized — ononehand @ 12:29 am

After the close election of 2000, the number of third-party voters plummeted in 2004; liberals wanting to unseat Bush could no longer risk votes on Ralph Nader or a left-wing party ticket, and many libertarians saw a greater stake in defeating Bush or Kerry than supporting their own candidate. But after a dramatic primary season and overwhelming calls for change in America, the number third party candidates has dramatically increased in 2008, along with potential write-in options Ron Paul or Hillary Clinton among disgruntled Republican or Democratic voters.

All things considered, this is the first time the full presidential field actually looks like America; presidential tickets in 2008 have a record number of women or non-white candidates, with one or the other or both representing most of the parties in play. The most obvious are Democrat Barack Obama, the first African-American nominee of either major party, and Sarah Palin, the first woman Republican vice-presidential nominee (Democrats nominated Geraldine Ferraro for vice president in 1984). Ralph Nader selected Matt Gonzalez, a Latino, as his running mate, and the Green party nominated two women of color, African-American Cynthia McKinney and Latina Rosa Clemente. Alan Keyes, also African-American, is representing America’s Independent Party, which he formed in order to run. Socialist Party USA’s vice presidential nominee Stewart Alexandar is African-American, and the Socialist Worker’s Party is headed by a Latino man and a woman, Roger Calero and Alyson Kennedy.

*Ralph Nader is NOT representing the Green party this year, he is running without any affiliation. The Green Party presidential candidate is Cynthia McKinney.



  1. i was an elector for sp-usa. which means i get an invite to the inauguration ball, though i’m not sure which one.

    Comment by volatile_freq — October 8, 2008 @ 8:24 am | Reply

  2. I voted for Nader in 2000. Gore didn’t have a shot in Colorado. Then Kerry had some chance in 2004, so I voted for him. It still kind of amazes me we’re a swing state.

    Comment by 477150n — October 8, 2008 @ 12:36 pm | Reply

  3. There’s still a tiny voice in my head that’s telling me to write in Al Gore’s name this year …

    Comment by kishenehn — October 8, 2008 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

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