Most folks who bother to read this blog know who Jill Stein is. The 2012 Green nominee for president is considering another run in 2016. Her candidacy, currently in the exploratory phase, is not a foregone conclusion. She seems to make no presumptions about whether the Greens will nominate her again.
All that said, you won't find many Greens in the US who will tell her, "No, Dr. Stein, please don't!"
Here's the blog roll promised in the title of this entry: fellow UU Dan Rigney on his Salon blog Danagram. Dan writes about Jill's appearance at Trinity Episcopal Church for the monthly meeting of the Harris County Green Party.
Earlier yesterday, Jill visited KPFT-FM Pacifica Radio (having appeared by phone on George Reiter's program Thresholds last Thursday. She also made it in for Houston Matters on KUHF-FM Houston Public Media. Then she went out to Refinery Row to meet with striking workers at the Lyondell and Shell plants.
Today she visited College Station, home of Texas A&M University—a school not known as a hotbed of Greendom, but with a fairly active and vocal progressive community. This evening she returned to the Houston area to speak at Lone Star College's Kingwood campus. Tomorrow, it's on to Laredo, about which I have spoken elsewhere in this blog.
My impression, in a nutshell: I was looking for Jill to talk about topics beyond those in her 2012 stump speech, and she did. She also addressed a lot of the same topics. The policy prescriptions outlined in her Green New Deal have not changed much, because the problems still exist. She is still, as I noted on Facebook, "her serene and brilliant self." If she runs and is nominated, she will very likely improve greatly on her 0.3% nationwide showing from 2012. She will be a known quantity, and name recognition is important. I'm psyched and pumping up for 2016.
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