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I absolutely love this, from today’s Scripting News
Nader’s run separates the people who “get” American democracy, and those who don’t. If Nader is going to win the election for Dubya, then now’s the time to fix the bug in the process. Kerry isn’t nominated yet. Think. What’s the problem that Nader exploits?
The presidential election process in the US is so screwed up at this point, and it’s descended so far down into its own echo chamber of idiocy, that I’m baffled as to the solution.
With respect to the Democratic nominee: approximately 1/3 of the states, representing well under 1/3 of the population, have expressed a preference. Why did Howard Dean drop out? Well, a significant part of the reason was that all the coverage was about how his candidacy had been soundly rejected by the voters and he was no longer a factor.
Was he rejected? Well, the vast majority of the voters didn’t get the chance to do so.
Right now John Kerry, wearing the mantle of media-designated victor, is attacking Bush and attempting to appear Presidential. And the press coverage is mostly about how, if Edwards doesn’t win in the next few states, Kerry will be inevitable. Got that, Democratic party members in the last half of the states? Your opinions, hopes, and choices are irrelevant.
And now that Nader’s announced he’s in, we’re already hearing about how he’s just going to hurt the Democratic candidate. I find it both amazing and unsurprising that the number one response to Nader’s entry is not about his ideas and whether they’re any good. It’s about how his entry impacts the (mostly imaginary) horse race.
And I think there’s something astonishingly undemocratic about websites like Ralph Don’t Run.
The logic behind the ad is simple, and goes something like this:
- If Ralph Nader runs, a significant number of people will vote for him.
- The Nader voters would otherwise vote for the Democratic candidate.
- The only way to prevent the Nader voters from voting for Ralph is to take away that choice completely.
- Therefore, Ralph shouldn’t run.
Or, to rephrase it: Those damn voters! Why won’t they shut up and vote the way we want them to.
Would you vote for a “third party” candidate?