Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein on Wednesday filed for a ballot recount in Michigan, the last of the three battleground states where she has spearheaded the charge to verify the 2016 presidential election results.
So why is the Clinton camp not spearheading this recount exercise? We all know Stein is not concerned about her party's vote count, it's barely in the single digits percentage. She's doing it for HRC and to potentially put HRC in the White House.
The Clinton camp is taking too passive a role in this. As usual with them, it doesn't feel right.
The Clinton camp isn't spearheading it because it would be too obviously hypocritical. Clinton who touted that Trump should accept the results of the election to suddenly turn around and demand a recount after she lost is too hypocritical, even for her. As for Jill Stein, I don't know if she wants HRC in the White House although she is getting help from Clinton to fund the recount effort and whatever extra money Stein gets will go towards the Green party. These times truly give strange bedfellows.
Stein is getting more coverage from CD re this recount than she did for her entire campaign .... surprise, surprise ...
Not just from CD, but from the entire MSM.
How did she miss the deadline for recount in Penn? Is she going to travel with bodyguards this time so they don't handcuff her to a chair again?
I hope she doesn't bungle this re-count. If no irregularities are found, she will give credibility to a crooked-casino-voting machine system.
Obviously, she doesn't know how to make a judge order a recount by hand. She may be a wonderful One Percent Doctor, but she's a horrible politician. Why can't the Greens dump her and run Bill McKibbon or James Hansen? With all the Greenhouse Warming events, their candidacy could ring true with Americans.
Green Party doesn' t seem to agree with what Jill Stein is doing:
Greens Speak Out on Recount and Our Commitment to an Independent Party
We write to reaffirm our commitment to building a Green Party that has a radical analysis of the society in which we live, and promotes bold solutions to transform our society and address the root causes of those crises; a Green Party that is independent of the two money-dominated parties.
There is a deep social crisis in the US. This crisis manifests in countless ways. One of its central manifestations is through the political system. People have legitimate concerns about the electoral system, which is manipulated through wholesale voter disenfranchisement, massive voter suppression and the racist and undemocratic historical logic of the Electoral College. In all fifty states, voters from poor and marginalized communities, especially Black people and other communities of color, have their votes suppressed and are excluded from participation through various practices.
The Green Party cannot build the political power necessary for the transformative changes we need by allying with two capitalist parties that serve the interests of the wealthy. That is why it is imperative that the Green Party is independent of those parties. We stay independent to give people an alternative to the corruption of two money-based parties. Greens reject donations from corporations and their political action committees to ensure we are accountable to the people and so that the people’s agenda is not superseded by the corporate agenda.
There are significant electoral reforms needed to make elections more democratic and more representative of the people. While we support electoral reforms, including how the vote is counted, we do not support the current recount being undertaken by Jill Stein.
The decision to pursue a recount was not made in a democratic or a strategic way, nor did it respect the established decision making processes and structures of the Green Party of the United States (GPUS). The recount has created confusion about the relationship between the Green and Democratic parties because the states chosen for the recount are only states in which Hillary Clinton lost. There were close races in other states such as New Hampshire and Minnesota where Clinton won, but which were not part of the recount. And this recount does not address the disenfranchisement of voters; it recounts votes that were already counted rather than restoring the suffrage of voters who were prevented from voting.
As a candidate, Dr. Stein has the right to call for a recount. However, we urge the GPUS to distance itself from any appearance of support for either Democrats or Republicans. We are well aware of the undemocratic actions taken during the primaries by the DNC and the Clinton campaign. Greens cannot be perceived to be allied with such a party.
We remain committed to the Green Party’s four pillars and ten key values, which have at their foundation grassroots democracy. We urge the GPUS to prioritize its efforts on building our party from the bottom up, working and organizing in direct solidarity with our state and local parties and alongside and in defense of the rights of those most affected by the injustices of a capitalist, white supremacist and undemocratic system. This includes support for local efforts to prevent the disenfranchisement of people of color via voter suppression or because of felony convictions and to be more inclusive and participatory in our decision-making processes and work.
Some of the people who supposedly signed off on this:
Chris Hedges, Stein-Baraka endorser, author, New Jersey
Cynthia McKinney, 2008 Presidential candidate, Georgia
Margaret Flowers, former Green Party candidate for US Senate, Maryland
Cindy Sheehan, Political and social activist, media
So is this a case of a person so dedicated to a cause that she just doesn't care what anyone else thinks (reminds me of Martin Luther King jr., starting to turn against the Vietnam War and so many of his allies then repudiating him), or has she, like so many believe, fallen from grace and decided to work with the she-devil herself, Clinton?
Wondering if the fact she is a woman is influencing your comment?
Keep going, Dr. Stein!!!! We must verify that our votes count.
I'd love to see a well-spoken politician like Elizabeth Warren or Tulsi Gabbard run on the Green Ticket. Stein, to me, is a terrible public speaker who stammers and does not inspire. She has failed twice now in apparently getting only one percent of the popular vote. Her own party apparently is not supportive of her recount efforts.
Things appear to be dysfunctional at the Green Party. With out of control global environmental destruction you would think the Greens would be getting better than one percent of the vote. Time to cut out the dead wood and start over.
Thanks for clarifying that. I have been watching her and she comes across to me as sincere and committed. Yes it was disappointing that the Greens made no increase in votes and maybe that is why she going for the recount against her own party. There were certainly many folks saying they were voting Green rather than Trump or Clinton so I was surprised that there was no increase in the percentage. She seems to have her work cut out getting any major coverage but then Sanders managed to capture the mood so I take your point too on her failure to inspire. Interesting times
I think it is all in the perception of the viewer. I would urge accuracy when one states things as fact.
Stein actually received over 1.2 million votes in 2016, as opposed to 469,500 in 2012.
Also, she did well to pivot into a front page story right after the election in calling for a recount, now receiving at least millions of dollars of free media and turning herself overnight into a household name. Not bad at all, I say.
I support Stein's idea of a recount by hand ballot. But it has to be done in the states that Clinton narrowly won by one percent as well!
Let's say that Wall Street/Clinon-Political-Machine shows she won the swing states. If suddenly, Stein is placed in the Cabinet it's going to stink to high heaven. Are the Greens O.K. with Clinton global nuclear war that she was trying to start? Do you know the damage to the environment that world war causes? Nothing heats up the world like world war. Nothing! The largest user of fossils fuels is the US Military.
How can Stein crawl into bed with such a viper as Clinton? The damage to the Green Party will be eternal if this plays out as I fear.