The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

22 September 2007

Beyond R and D

I wasn't expecting to see this today:

Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform (OBAR) has the noble goal of making it easier for candidates to win a place on the ballot when they don't have "Republican" or "Democrat" beside their name.

This is, after all, the Oklahoman's editorial page. I might have anticipated "curious" or "implausible" or even "quixotic," but "noble"?

And I think they might even be serious:

Changing the law would acquire approval by the people of a referendum that OBAR hopes to get on the 2008 ballot. Of course, the Legislature — consisting of only Republicans and Democrats — could call an election and spare OBAR the expense of circulating an initiative petition.

Wouldn't that be nice? But don't hold your breath.

And while the paper's enthusiasm for the prospect does seem a bit limited, you'd have never heard this kind of talk from Gaylord, père or fils:

We urge Oklahomans interested in freeing up state election restrictions to consider supporting OBAR. The people deserve a chance to vote on this issue and perhaps give politics as usual a run for its money.

Me, I've been harping on this issue for years.

Posted at 10:22 AM to Political Science Fiction , Soonerland

Hi Chaz! Actually, shocker of shockers, The Oklahoman has supported OBAR and has editorialized on their behalf several times. The latest, before this latest one, was June 4th of this year. and there have been others.

I know. The first time I read one of their pro-ballot reform editorials I about lost my morning coffee all over the paper I've cussed for years. Miracles happen, not as often as I would like, but this proves they DO HAPPEN!

Posted by: Mike Swi... at 11:44 PM on 22 September 2007