Maybe you didn't believe her in August when the sitcom star-turned-nut farmer made the big announcment on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, but it seems Roseanne Barr is at least sorta seriously seeking the Presidency of the United States.
According to Green Party Watch, four candidates are seeking the Green Party nomination for the Presidential Election in 2012. There's Lexington resident Jill Stein, Harley Mikkelson from Michigan and Kent Mesplay and Barr from California.
All except Barr will appear on the ballot in the March 6 Massachusetts Presidential Primary, according to the Elections Division. But, if you want to see how Stein stacks up against the full field, you can participate in a poll posted to the Green Party Watch blog that's live through 6 p.m. this evening.
Back in August, Barr told Leno she was shirking both the Democratic and Republican parties because "they both suck and they're both a bunch of criminals," and instead made up her own party, "America's Green Tea Party." However, Barr has recently made moves to be considered a Green Party candidate. Ballott Access News Reports:
Roseanne Barr has taken several steps to make it possible for her to seek the Green Party presidential nomination. She filed with the Federal Election Commission on January 25, and she has fulfilled the requirements of the Green Party to seek the nomination. She is a registered Green Party member in California, although she also has a home in Hawaii.
For her part, Stein, the Lexington physician and former Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate, has had an eventful past few weeks along the campaign trail.
Last Wednesday, Jan. 25, she denounced President Obama's State of the Union speech as a "subversion" of her plans for a Green New Deal and released her response to his address and the Republican response, titled the "People's State of the Union: A Green New Deal for America."
In her 44-minute address, Stein rails against inequality caused by politicians putting the needs of Wall Street ahead of everyday people, lays out plans to change that with her Green New Deal and thanks occupiers across the country "who continue to prove in these cold months that Thomas Paine’s Winter Soldier lives on in America."
The Green New Deal would end unemployment and the cycle of financial boom and collapse, and would allow real democracy to take root, Stein says, but securing it will require that the people together take a stand against big-money party politics.
"This change will never come from the top," Stein says. "It never ever comes from the career politicians or the powerful Washington lobbyists. Real change has to come from the grassroots - from people who work hard every day pounding nails, driving trucks, changing sheets, teaching children, plowing fields, and making the real economy work."
So, does Stein sound presidential? Let us know in the comments section below.