UPDATE: Thursday 11:59 p.m. Pacific – Thanks, one and all, so much. From those who nominated way back in October to those who voted the past two days, and everybody who saw the value in this effort along the way and did their bit to help it grow with their comments on the threads and encouragement. Rayne, Jane, and everybody at FDL deserve special thanks, as this thread went to the top of the recommended diary list early today and remained there until now.
Tabulation will take place over the next day during a long car ride to a distant wedding. Look for a post sometime Saturday midday with the results.
Thanks again, everybody. YOU ROCK!!
Over the past few weeks, an effort has taken shape here at MyFDL.
It aims to give a true Lefties in this country a big, broad, national voice again.
Even before the midterms, even before the notion spread that Barack Obama himself might not stand for a second term, diarists and commenters in the MyFDL community recognized that something had to be done to counter the wholesale capitulation of the Democratic Party.
What’s developed is the belief that our best option, under an electoral system so clearly designed to perpetuate the duopoly which has co-opted Lefty ideals, is to use the system to our advantage.
During the first weeks of the effort, a list of prospective challengers to whomever the Democrats stand up in 2012 was assembled. Over 90 individual commenters posted more than 580 comments on five “nominating” diaries. The list that resulted is included at the end of this post, and each name is linked to Wikipedia entries (where available) for further information and additional research.
Do we really believe this captive, center-right, Democratic Party In Name Only will allow anyone other than Obama (or some new, handpicked “nominee”) to win the nomination? Of course not. But we do think the act of primarying a sitting president (or other nominee of the party’s choosing) will garner attention and serve as a rallying point for the full range of disaffected Lefties in this country. (There’s more about the rationale, and links to all the nominating diaries, here.)
Now – finally! – through 11:59 p.m. Thursday (Pacific time), it’s time to vote!
The Ground Rules
- Reply to this diary only once, posting only your completed ballot, as detailed in the “How To Vote” section, below. Tabulation will be much easier if everyone abides by this request, and thanks very much in advance for doing so.
- Votes for living, qualified humans only will be counted. (Thirty-five years of age by Inauguration Day, 2013; natural born citizen; resident for at least 14 years.)
- No “ties” should be noted or other comments included. Just one name only, next to each number.
- You may post your ballot only once. If you vote a second time or try to change the order in a second post, not only will you be deemed a real pain in the ass, but the later vote will be thrown out; no exceptions. So, be sure you’re happy with your choices before submitting your ballot.
- Someone asked on one of the nomination threads if they could vote for the same person in every slot. While I can’t stop anyone from doing so, remember our goal: A list of 10 DIFFERENT, very strong potential challengers – not only for the Democratic Party nomination, but as founding members of a new Lefty party. So IMHO, entering the same name in all ten slots would be a waste of nine votes, since we will count the number of first-place votes people get, then the number of second-place votes, then the third-place votes, etc., to arrive at a prioritized list.
- Your voting options are not limited to the names on the list. I know a write-in campaign is under way for at least one person not listed (it’s discussed on the diary linked above). Still, if you are writing-in a name, please include the name only, no further comment.
- Please don’t link names on your ballot to additional information on this site or elsewhere. The Internet has search engines aplenty for those wishing to conduct further research on any write-ins, and the vast majority of nominees are linked to their Wikis in the list below.
- Finally, please advise your friends of this unique opportunity. I’d love to see an overwhelming turnout, because the bigger the response, the more attractive the idea of running will be to the candidates. (By the way, I am not above gently shaming any of the 90-plus commenters to the nomination diaries who haven’t voted by, say, Thursday afternoon. Think of it as being offered, very publicly, a “ride” to the polls. And don’t say I didn’t warn you! :)
How To Vote
We are voting under the instant runoff model, choosing our preferences by ranking them numerically. We seek a list of 10 strong potential challengers who are likely to agree to run as a Democrat in the 2012 primaries, and as the candidate of a new Lefty party in the general election.
To vote, first copy and paste the following numbers in the “Leave a Reply” box:
Next, enter your 10 preferred nominees, with your most preferred at #1, in declining order, down to your least preferred at #10.
When finished, click “Submit.”
You’re almost done. There’s just one more thing: Please scroll to the bottom of this text and click “Recommend,” so this diary remains prominent and accessible to anyone who’d like to vote – both at MyFDL and on the shorter list of recommended diaries on the main page – throughout the 48 hours “the polls” are open. Thanks!
Here are the nominees:
Anuradha Bhagwati (no Wikipedia entry)
Billie Joe Armstrong
Brad Birkenfeld (note: Information on Birkenfeld’s place of birth is not readily accessible)
Dean Baker (note: Information on Baker’s place of birth is not readily accessible)
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
George J. Mitchell
James Galbraith (note: Information on Galbraith’s place of birth is not readily accessible)
John Aravosis (note: confirmation of Aravosis’s place of birth, listed in several places online as “America,” is not readily available)
John R. Talbott (note: Information on Talbott’s place of birth is not readily accessible)
Jon Bon Jovi
Jonathan Turley (note: Information on Turley’s place of birth is not readily accessible)
Joseph Patrick Kennedy
Lois Marie Gibbs
Matt Taibbi (note: Information on Taibbi’s place of birth is not readily accessible)
Paul Craig Roberts
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Warren Mosler (no Wikipedia entry)
William K. Black
Yves Smith (no Wikipedia entry)