While President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have been busy making hashtags out of horses and bayonets, Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential hopeful, has been busy fighting for America's attention by getting arrested and trying to go viral.
Before the second presidential debate last week, Stein, a Lexington resident, and running mate Cheri Honkala unsuccessfully attempted to gain access to the debate hall at Hofstra University, ultimately getting arrested and calling the process a "mockery of Democracy."
Following the arrest, Stein said, "It was painful but symbolic to be handcuffed for all those hours, because that what the Commission on Presidential Debates has essentially done to American democracy." And that fight continued this week, as Stein's team filed a lawsuit on Oct. 22 against the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), "claiming that the CPD, Democratic National Committee, and Republican National Committee, together with the Federal Election Commission and Lynn University, had deprived her of her constitutional rights to due process, equal protection, and free speech, as well as her statutorily protected civil rights," according to Stein's website.
And, not long before participating in the Larry King-moderated Free & Equal debate in which Stein debated Gary Johnson, Rocky Anderson and Virgil Goode in Chicago on Tuesday, Oct. 23, her campaign asked supporters to let the world know they'll be voting for Jill Stein through the use of Internet memes.
That link leads to a Facebook page with a bundle of shareable memes like this one (pictured above), featuring a biker and the phrase "The lesser of two evils is no choice at all," and this one, in which a red-eyed cat encourages viewers "Don't waste your vote! Make your vote count!"
As well, Stein has gotten a little love from the media of late, including this piece in which Washington Post political writer Melinda Henneberger posits the question "Is Jill Stein crazy, or are we?" And then there's this older one from The Phoenix in which Chris Faraone explains how he quickly went from wishing Jill Stein was Janeane Garofalo to supporting her after a quick read of Stein's Green New Deal.