Echoes of the Past
Swamp vs. Unite… Say that three times fast and it starts to sound like the 2002 battle between Swamp and Ignite. Heh. But it gets better – apparently the same people behind Ignite are helping behind the scenes with Unite, and some of the same demographic groups are backing Swamp in 2006 as they did four years ago.
Senate President John Boyles (Gator-Fine Arts) is taking most of the Gator Party establishment, plus presumably SHO and IRHA, and is turning it into the SWAMP Party. Senator Jared Hernandez (Gator-Law) is taking most of the Impact Party leadership, plus dissident Greeks who don’t fully trust John (a non-Greek), to make the Unite Party. But make no mistake – the nonGreek is the system candidate and the Greek is the anti-system candidate. Confused yet?
Well, apparently, there is a third party, the Most Valuable Party, made almost entirely out of athletes running. And a Grad Students et al Party, running exclusively in grad school senate seats. And there is an Access party redeux floating around, as well as a rumor of a potential wildcard party. Finally, there’s Susan Henriques running as an Independent for Treasurer.
Right now, my public and private sources suggest that Unite has the momentum, but that the sheer number of additional parties – especially this new all-athlete ticket – may scramble the calculus even more than the unconventional nominees (with echoes of 2002) have done for the two big parties.