George DeCarlo of Berkeley Heights, chair of the State Green Party, says it’s likely Princeton graduate and public advocate Ralph Nader will again be the Green Party’s nominee for president in 2008, with former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia as the party’s nominee for vice president.
One obvious question for DeCarlo is why should progressives support Nader and not U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a Democratic candidate for president whose views on the War in Iraq, labor and trade, the environment and healthcare are similar to Nader’s?
And why should they back the Green Party when Nader’s vote share in 2000 drained votes away from Democratic Presidential candidate and environmental champion Al Gore, who was eventually bumped in a Florida cliffhanger by a U.S. Supreme court decision?
DeCarlo remains convinced the Dems are no better than the GOP, and says Bill Clinton was worse than Bush in some ways as a president and essentially a failure, at least in terms of what DeCarlo sees as Clinton’s finger in the wind approach to leadership.
"Clinton killed more people in Iraq by the sanctions he opposed on that country," says DeCarlo. "All this business about Bush being an incompetent failure, an idiot and a dope – it’s nonsense. Bush has done everything he said he was going to do."
As long as Kucinich is aligned with the Democrats he can’t help but be little more than a prop, says the Green Party chair.
"Kucinich is there for one purpose," says DeCarlo. "He’s there to keep peace activists, greens – note the small ‘g’ – in the party. Kucinich is willingly being used. It keeps them there, but out of fear. Of course the nominee is going to be Hillary (Clinton), who voted for the war and is a top money receiver from the pharmaceutical industry."
DeCarlo says he likes U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, a Republican presidential candidate who voted against the war in Iraq, but who is ultimately harnessed to another party that has irreversible problems, in his view.
In the end the issue for DeCarlo is equal ballot access in New Jersey for Greens and other alternative parties. Right now the two major parties control the ballots and the arrangement of candidates on those ballots.
"Until we’re all (the Green Party and other alternative parties) in the lottery for a column we will continue to have disappointing results with the Democrats and the Republicans," DeCarlo says.