There are occasional posts here, particularly during election seasons, about the Green-Rainbow Party and its quixotic quest for a statewide office. One widely-held view is that the GRP is and will continue to be irrelevant unless it can devote its energies to winning some seats in the legislature or in local offices. Others disagree.
I wondered today about the GRP’s reaction to the impending hearing at which Councilor Turner is expected to be expelled from the City Council, since Turner is affiliated with the GRP. The GRP webpage had a feisty article criticizing essentially all the players in the Turner trial–the judge, the prosecutors–except Turner himself. If this article represents sentiments among the GRP members and leadership, I think it is another strong indication of irrelevance. All political parties–Democrats, Republicans, and “others”–need to be able to say, “we won’t put up with felons in office.” That’s not asking too much. And it’s perfectly permissible to couple condemnation with appreciation for the wrongdoers’ many good deeds in public office, but the website article doesn’t even really do that.
This is hard for some Democrats, too–BMG has had its shares of defenders of the various Democratic miscreants in recent years. But there has been a strong sentiment on BMG, which I share, in favor of what we could call the “goo-goo agenda,” harkening back to the Tammany Hall era in NYC.
So, Greens, what do you say?