Is Bernie Sanders better off running as a Green?

Bernie SandersAlternet has published a piece asking if Sen. Bernie Sanders might run for the Green Party’s 2016 presidential nomination. From the article:

Last winter, Scott McLarty wrote a long article exploring the prospect of Sanders as the Green nominee. First, he dismissed the impact of running as an independent, saying, “Here’s the problem with independent campaigns: they leave no legacy. An independent might call public attention to a few big issues ignored by the D and R candidates, but there exists no institutional means to carry the independent’s ideas forward after Election Day.”

Then, he said it was a fantasy that progressives can steer the Democratic Party to the left. “Just ask Dennis Kucinich. Or Rev. Jesse Jackson,” he wrote. “Their campaigns serve mainly to keep progressives within the Democratic fold during the pre-primary period, ensuring that most of the latter will vote for the party’s corporate-money nominee in the general election.”

Read the full article at Alternet.

Dave Schwab


  1. Bernie should run as Green Party candidate. Obviously, if he does not run as Green Party candidate, I will vote for the Green Party nominee. The Green Party has the positive solution. The positive solutions must be achieved with a group of Green Party candidates for local, state, and federal office. Bernie and the Green Party strengthen each other. Bernie as an Independent candidate is a waste of time and energy. Without the Green Party, Bernie will was time, energy, and money getting on the ballot. Green Party veteran candidates nationwide know that reality.

    • I understand the want to vote with loyalty to one’s own party, however, I feel like Bernie knows what he’s doing, has the experience to back it up, and has the attention of the public that Jill Stein (the most likely Green candidate) does not.

  2. I also think Bernie should run as a Green candidate. His views are very close to that of the Green Party: he has nothing to lose and much to gain. I, for one, would be an active supporter of his campaign. I also think that Greens should start a “Green Tea” branch of the Democratic Party and thereby have a more active voice in policy decisions.

  3. Independent running as Greens is and has been controversial. Nomination should be limited to party members logically. If Berine Sanders joins the Green Party, this won’t be an issue. Remember, Ralph Nader despite not being a Green Party member ran as one in 1996 and 2000, but ran Indepedent in 2004 and 2008. The elections were about him as an individual rather than about the Green Party so that when he ran as an Indepedent, he took his voters with him and they voted Indepedent rather than Green.

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