They’re calling tomorrow’s presidential primaries Super Tuesday, but for Democratic voters in most of the states, there isn’t much that’s super about it. Democrats don’t have a choice in the presidential contest, because, in spite of Barack Obama’s shocking lurch into right wing politics on many issues, no prominent Democrat had the guts to stand up and challenge Obama to do better.
There’s one state in tomorrow’s elections, however, where progressive Democratic voters have a choice. That state is Oklahoma.
In Oklahoma, voters have the opportunity to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Darcy Richardson instead of Barack Obama. Richardson is running for President as a progressive candidate, promoting the policies that Democratic voters support, the policies that Barack Obama has abandoned.
Darcy Richardson does not have any illusions about his chances for victory. He explained in an interview earlier this year, “President Obama will almost certainly be the Democratic nominee. I have absolutely no chance of defeating him in the primaries. In fact, one will probably need a magnifying glass to read my vote totals, as was the case in New Hampshire last week. The whole point of my candidacy is to give disaffected Democrats an opportunity to register a protest against the President, to gently nudge him to the left.”
Nudge, Oklahoma. Nudge.