Roseanne for President? Lexington's Stein Stomps Sitcom Star in Green Party Poll
In a poll conducted earlier this week on the noted Green Party Watch blog, Lexington physician Jill Stein nearly doubled up Roseanne Barr in a race among candidates seeking the Green Party's presidential nomination in 2012.
It seems Lexington physician Jill Stein still has a leg up on her newest challenger for the Green Party's presidential nomination.
Roseanne Barr made a bit of a splash as the press picked up on her apirations to become the Green Party's presidential candidate, but the TV personality wasn't able to outpace Stein in a poll this week on a leading Green Party political site.
From Feb. 1 to Feb. 2, the Green Party Watch blog coducted a poll featuring the four candidates currently the party's nomination for the Presidential Election. Of 1,792 votes cast, Jill Stein received 1,223, or 68 percent, more than doubling up on Barr, who garnered picked up 526 votes, about 29 percent.
According to Green Party Watch, Barr is an avid tweeter and has used the social media site to issue a challenge to Bill Maher, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to have both herself and Jill Stein on their programs.
The site goes on to say that Stein appears to have significant support within the Green Party, which will select will select its presidential nominee at the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention, to be held July 12-15 in Baltimore.
According to its website, the Stein camp "considers the poll meaningful in that it demonstrates a very strong, motivated base of support for Stein. The campaign was not made aware of the 36 hour poll until after it had started, with Stein already well in the lead."
Despite their decidely different backgrounds, it seems Stein and Barr are both looking to align themselves with occupiers, the working class and others who may identify with "the 99 percent."
Stein has stumped at Occupy Wall Street outposts across the country and railed against police brutality and the treatment of occupiers in places like Oakland, DC and Miami.
In fact, Stein's OWS sympathies were apparent as early as her announcement remarks back in October, when she introduced a Green New Deal to take democracy back from Wall Street and pointed to the Occupy Movement as an example of standing up for the 99 percent.
"In fact, young people are not only not giving up, they’re standing up like never before - – as we see so clearly in Zuccotti Square and Freedom Square and Grant Park and Dewey Square and hundreds of other Occupy encampments around the country," Stein said Oct. 24 at the State House. "And just like in the civil rights movement, when the young people stand up, the nation changes forever."
Barr, who starred for years as the title character in the TV sitcome "Roseanne," which followed the misadventures of a working class family from Illinois, first announced her plans of seeking the presidency on Leno in August. Back then, the macadamia nut farmer she spoke about debates and medical marijuana.
But she was quoted in a HuffPost Politics story posted last last week as as saying Democrats and Republicans are servants "bought and paid for by the 1 percent" and that she's fought for working-class families and women for decades.
"I will barnstorm American living rooms," she said in a candidate questionnaire submitted to the Green Party. "Mainstream media will be unable to ignore me, but more importantly they will be unable to overlook the needs of average Americans in the run-up to the 2012 election."