Meet Jill Stein (USA TODAY)
Glenn Harlan Reynolds, professor of law at the University of Tennessee, discusses Jill Stein's campaign in USA TODAY (all caps seems to be their preferred orthography).
Even Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson— in no danger of overexposure — is drawing much more press attention than she is. Stein puts that down to fear that if she got more attention, her candidacy would pull votes from the clear favorite in the race for many in the press, President Obama. She disagrees.
"Ninety million eligible voters are expected to stay home because they don't want to vote for either Obama or Romney," she observes. "Americans are chomping at the bit for more choices. Don't they deserve more choices?"
Stein says the anti-third-party effort is "mostly an effort to silence political opposition," by the Republicans and Democrats. "The mythology is essentially a fear campaign designed to drive people back into the establishment fold. This politics of fear has delivered everything we were afraid of: A President who will attack our civil liberties, launch war overseas, limit immigration? What have we gotten with Obama? War, drone attacks, troops (even) in central Africa. Obama has deported more immigrants in three years than Bush did in eight. The politics of fear has delivered everything we were afraid of."