Like many Democrats, I’m impressed by the $5 million Jill Stein and the Greens are raising for recounts in the Mid-West. I don’t know who this money is coming from, but this is unlikely to overturn the results of those states.
So, progressives, leftists and Democrats should turn their efforts to the future. We would see more good happen if this amount of money were raised to turn the legislatures of Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Missouri, and Indiana Democratic. Even New York needs to turn its Senate back to a Democratic majority. What if the Greens made a deal to campaign for Democrats in these legislatures in exchange for greater environmental protections in state law and regulation? We could make real progress toward social justice and environmental justice. As long as the Republicans control Michigan’s legislature and governor’s office, the people of Flint will never get a proper, safe water system like all the wealthy suburbs of Michigan have.
Last point:Trump won Wisconsin by 22,000 votes... and Jill Stein had about 30,000 voters there. Sure, Wisconsin alone was not enough for Hillary to lose the Electoral College, but these numbers indicate that if Green voters ally themselves with Democrats in swing states early in the cycle, they can help keep climate change deniers out of power.