I am not going to provide details while this matter is still unresolved, but it is possible that Tom Wakely, kat gruene, and I will be restored to Texas ballots this fall. Said matter is now before the State Supreme Court.
Not having details at hand doesn't mean that I have nothing to say about it.
There's a downside to a positive outcome in this case: It will look as though an all-Republican Court intervened on behalf of a party that the Democrats perceive as posing "permanent and irreparable harm," to quote MJ Hegar's attorney. That in turn would buttress the perception among Democrats that the Greens are just tools of the Republicans.
If restored to the ballot, I still will raise and spend no money. After months of uncertainty, I simply don't have the resources in place to get a proper campaign started. I probably won't even go to the bother of reviving my presence on Ballotpedia. I feel awkwardly guilty about this, because GPTX co-chair Laura Palmer and multiple-time Green Supreme Court candidate Charles Waterbury are sacrificing their time and resources to bring about this judicial coup. Remembering that it's less for us three candidates than for the sake of future candidates helps assuage me.
The Omnipresent Seven-Vote Threat
Something I'm seeing more and more frequently on social media is perennially pissed-off/Trump-deranged Democrats saying in practically the same digital breath that
Which is it, folks? Are we an existential threat to the two-party system—or an insignificant fringe movement consisting of a dozen eco-freaks who only emerge every four years, collect our half-dozen votes, and then go back into cold storage? That's partly why Dems couldn't wrap their minds around Jill Stein's waging a recount battle in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin: Jill didn't just evaporate after Election Day like Greens are supposed to.
The danger posed by having a media-industrial complex that mostly ignores so-called third parties is that voting public doesn't know about them—or a lot of what they do know ain't so. It leaves the field open for third-tier social media celebrities with axes to grind to spread mis- and disinformation. So the vast majority of folks who agree with the Green Party's platform will cast uninformed or ill-informed votes for Democratic candidates, mostly out of habit or reflex.
Even in safe Blue and Red states, millions of Progressives will vote knee-jerk Blue, even if they understand the Electoral College and can explain why Green voters in the Rust Belt "stole" 47 electoral votes from Hillary Clinton. The voting half of their brains still think of the presidential election as a nationwide popular vote.
Now just watch me get back on the ballot, get fewer than a hundred votes statewide, and still have more votes than John Cornyn's margin of victory over Hegar. I'll probably have to go into hiding.
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