Green Cleaner for Washington
I have followed the Abramoff scandal with a lot of interest and more than a little digging on my own. My interest arises out of the connetion between Abramoff, Indian Gaming, and Congressman Richard Pombo about whom I have written a lot.
My point here is that, while both major parties are getting a lot of press over making cosmetic changes in ethics rules, neither is in the position of the Green Party with a well known aversion to corporate money. David Baldwin (NY GP) thinks that this may be the Green Moment.
I am not sure that I totaly agree with him. I am not sure that Green Candidates are in a position to take this on, focused on their particular grand stand issues. It is clear that even Pelosi is as much a part of the problem as she is a mouthpiece for partisan advantage. Yes, it is time for a Green Moment. I hope that we have the will to make it happen rather through concerted action, through vocal opposition to all of this obscene largesse.
If there is a single word of advice that I would have for our Green Party candidates, it is to concentrate on what the Green Party will do. Baldwin criticizes Washington for "A near-total vacuum of ideas, of will, of basic integrity has thus enveloped Washington, and politics loves a vacuum no more than Nature does." That is a thread that I have seen many time recently. Just go to any of the Red State type blogs and you will see that the major criticism leveled against the Democrats is that the "have no ideas" and can only lash out at others. These bloggers are right (both meanings). If Greens are to grow, it is by blowing the fresh wind of our ideas into that vacuum.