Like republicans? Then vote green for governor.
The green party is pushing hard this year to get votes for its gubernatorial candidate, whom I usually refer to as Affable Green Irish Guy (with no disrespect intended to the Irish, who are blameless in this).
The reason for this is not a desire to aid and abet the republican candidate, as is their habitual practice - in the current cycle, see Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Washington State - perhaps because republican gubernatorial candidate whatshisname is so feeble that he is unable to benefit from green assistance. Rather, the goal is to secure automatic ballot access for future races, which under state law is conditional on receiving 50,000 votes in the gubernatorial race. On one of their own web sites, which I won't link to out of principle, they acknowledge this:
The Green Party of New York State needs to get 50,000 votes for Governor in order to regain automatic ballot status. Being a ballot status party allows us to run many more candidates. With ballot status in 2001, we ran over 200 candidates. Without ballot status in 2005, we ran only 20 candidates.
An automatic ballot line for the green party in this state will have strongly negative implications for the present and future electoral goals of the New York State Progressive movement.
There are currently seven Congressional races for republican-held seats where Democrats have a serious chance for a pick-up: NY-03, NY-13, NY-20, NY-24, NY-25, NY-26 and NY-29. It's fair to assume that we'll be defending some of these seats in 2008 and 2010, and trying to capture the ones we may have missed out on in this cycle. Given that greens are not fielding candidates in some of these races simply because they can't get enough signatures to get on the ballot, a 50,000+ result for Affable Green Irish Guy could fundamentally shift the dynamics of the next two Congressional elections. In this cycle, to give a preview of that dynamic, a self-proclaimed green candidate (whom the party has disavowed) ran in NY-26; the Democrat, Jack Davis, took the lead only after the Green was knocked off the ballot (though, in fairness, the Foley scandal assisted that development). But the underlying dynamic remains: a vote for the green candidate for governor is a helping hand for Congressional republicans all the way into the next decade. Vote green, and see a spoiler in every race - because, as you know, there's no difference between republicans and Democrats.
On the Presidential level, I would consider New York less secure for Democrats than expected in the 2008 race. A Siena poll from October 12th, 2005, shows Hillary losing the state in a potential matchup against Rudy Giuliani. While that particular scenario seems somewhat unlikely, and the poll is dated, it's worth considering. But will the greens run a candidate in the 2008 Presidential race? Does water flow downhill? It will not matter, contrary to green assertions that all they want to do is push the Democrats to the left, who that candidate is; after all, they ran a candidate against Paul Wellstone. Just for that alone, they should be made to petition for every candidate they want to run, in a snowstorm if possible.
Lastly, in terms of this year's election, the reason proffered by the greens to not vote for Eliot Spitzer is his prior support for the death penalty; this despite the fact that as Attorney General, he's never sought it, and that the death penalty in New York is really very much an academic issue. This strikes me as more of a justification than a reason; no doubt, if things were otherwise, they'd come up with some other 'reason'. However, given the dynamics of the state government, with an entrenched and well-defended republican majority in the state Senate, the central objective of the Spitzer campaign is not just to pull in a majority of the votes, but to win in a landslide; this to achieve clout to push the Spitzer agenda through the legislature.
In short, a vote for Affable Green Irish Guy is a vote to help Joe Bruno stop marriage equality, universal healthcare, implementation of CFE and the Spitzer broadband initiative.
These are the stakes: your vote for the green party line for governor will immediately benefit republicans in the state Senate, and further down the line, will assist republican electoral goals all the way into 2010. If you care about Progressive values and goals, you can't vote green â€“ it really is that simple. If they want on the ballot, let them petition in every district they target.
In hopefully really bad weather. Heh.