I've been closely watching the new Wash state "Top Two" primary. Earlier I decided
it was going to be interesting, and sure enough it is. With the influence of the major parties removed, lots of minor candidates are emerging who wouldn't have bothered before.
Two of these minors are just plain weird. Mark Greene is running under the Party Of Commons,
which appears to consist of him and nothing else. His website is written like a quick memo or a dashed-off blog entry:The Dem. Sec. of State candidate (Osgood) is against general postal mail voting & the Top 2 primary, the Dem. WA state chairman is against Top 2, and some Dems. in the WA Legislature are trying to make it harder for initiatives to get on the ballot - shame.
This makes it more compelling than a long paranoid manifesto.
Dave Blomstrom is running under the title of Fifth Republic,
and has a new slant on wild-eyed paranoia. His complex conspiracy theory doesn't blame the usual suspects: Jews, Masons, Illuminati, Trilateralists. Nope, he goes straight to Satan Himself: Bill Gates! May not sound unusual, since everyone hates Bill, everyone considers Bill to be a monopolist who takes advantage of his monopoly to sell badly-designed products. But Blomstrom doesn't just hate Bill, he considers Bill to be the center of all evil, and wants Bill dead:However, this time around, I am seeking an endorsement from one of the very few political personalities in the world that I truly admire — Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. I’ve also made an additional request of Chávez: Add Bill Gates to his hit list.
Blomstrom doesn't just criticize his opponent in the state School Superintendent race; he shows her wearing a Nazi uniform.
Yes, it's getting interesting.