‘Politics of exclusion’
: Eileen McNamara bemoans the exclusion of the Libertarian and Green candidates
from the debate. True. But the real story, in Hub Blog’s opinion, is the rise of the Green party in national politics in general, beyond Ralph Nadar’s 2000 presidential candidacy. Sure, the Greens are nowhere near as influential as they are in Europe. But there are faint signals the Greens are on the move here, at least in pockets around the country. If the Greens become even a minor force in Massachusetts, the political dynamics will change at the Democrats’ expense. Something to ponder over the long haul.