A new organization which hopes to reform the 2008 presidential election was launched today, and former Maine Governor Angus King is one of the founders. Unity08 plans to create an alternative ticket for voters, by voters (you can choose the nominees online), which will combine women and men from various parties together on one ticket. How about Condi for Prez, Gore for VP? Or Mrs. Clinton for Prez and Nader for VP? Hell, if Kermit the Frog wins the Unity08 online poll than he could appear on the ballot, assuming he qualifies to run for the highest office in the US. I think he was born in the US, but he's also a frog, which might make him a tricky sell to the critical swing voters.
Unity08 wants to bring our polarized nation together by getting the unity ticket on the presidential ballot in every state in the country. To this end, Unity08 plans to hold an online convention in 2008 with registered members to choose its candidates - the two candidates must come from different parties or be political independents - after which it will "take off-line action" to get the ticket on the ballot.
Former Governor King is a member of the "Founders Council," a group of more than 30 people who helped found Unity08. Here's what King said about Unity08 in today's press release:
“Unity08 will be the long-needed correction. Backed by people of all ages, backgrounds, races, beliefs and political affiliations, this movement will demonstrate once again that collaboration and cooperation between the parties is not only possible, but critical to future progress."