Until recently, the Greens were among the least successful third-party movements in American history. None of the seven alternative-party governors elected since 1914 have been Greens. No Green presidential candidate has ever approached the electoral heights reached in this century by such third-party nominees as Theodore Roosevelt, Robert La Follette, George Wallace, or Ross Perot.
If there was one Senate Democrat--besides Georgia's Zell Miller, that is--who was thought to be an easy vote for George W. Bush's megalithic tax scheme it was Max Baucus of Montana. In the presidential race last year, Montana went for W. by 24 points.
Poor Jim Rogan. The two-term congressman from California, it seems, is the focus of a dastardly campaign by Bill Clinton and the Democratic Party to take down the heroic House impeachment managers of yore. "I have been targeted for defeat," Rogan wrote in a recent four-page, tersely syntacted National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) letter. "They're out for revenge. Not because of policy differences. But because we had the courage to do the right thing."
Yesterday, Republican Randy Forbes narrowly beat Democratic
Louise Lucas in a special election for Virginia's 4th
Congressional District. Predictably, the GOP is claiming
that this amounts to a "bellwether" victory for their
president and their party; as goes Virginia's fourth CD, so,
apparently, goes the nation. Also predictably, this is
mostly nonsense. There's no doubt that this was a win for
the GOP, which now holds a seat formerly occupied by the
late Norman Sisisky, a Democrat. And it's a setback for
Terry McAulliffe's Democratic National Committee, which is
pouring serious money into Virginia these days (and which
dispatched grassroots guru Donna Brazile to help out Lucas).