Mitt Romney now has enough delegates to clinch the GOP presidential nomination, but lurking out there among the minor parties in tomorrow’s primary election is a showdown for the ages featuring someone who once was among the nation’s better-known TV stars.
“The more Americans hear my platform of ending our wars, legalizing pot, locking up corporate criminals and getting their filthy money out of politics, the more they support my candidacy,” comedian/actress Roseanne Barr said in a news release issued early this morning. “When they hear about the 10 Key Values of the Green Party, they understand that the only way to change our politics and fix our country is to break up our corporate-sponsored ‘two-party’ system. Thanks to this weekend’s victories, we’re heading into California with the wind at our backs – we’ve got the RoMentum!”
Barr did have a great weekend. Until now, Green presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein of Lexington, Mass., had gone 22 for 22 in Green Party primaries across the nation, picking up 143 delegates to Barr’s 40 (like California’s GOP primary, they’re not all winner-take-all).
But Barr got 69 percent of the vote in Georgia, 53 percent of the vote in Oregon and clean sweeps of all the delegates in North Dakota and South Dakota this weekend. The Green primary tomorrow here in California – Barr’s home state – has 65 delegates at stake.
“We all know that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee and Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee,” Barr said. “That’s why I’ve urged all Californians to cross over and register Green to send a chilling message to Democrats, Republicans and their masters on Wall Street: Your goose is cooked. You are outnumbered and we’ve got you surrounded. Behold the greening of America.”
If you hadn’t gotten that message already, it’s way too late to switch parties now for tomorrow’s election; also, the Green Party has chosen not to let no-party-preference voters cast ballots in its primary.
Kent Mesplay of San Diego also is in the race, but has lagged far behind Stein and Barr. The Greens will hold their nominating convention July 12-15 in Baltimore.
Maybe she can call the convention to order by leading the National Anthem. Lest we forget: