Let me take you back to the halcyon days of 2000, when America faced a choice between two candidates. One was bland. He was a bit of a policy wonk, who promised to basically continue the slow, steady, upward course that the incumbent president had put us on. The other was a fairly inexperienced former governor who was often described as a man who voters could see themselves having a beer with.
Most of the electorate were rather “meh” on these two choices, and some of them embraced a third party option; they voted for Ralph Nader. He was the Green Party candidate, and enough people voted for him in Florida to throw the election to George W Bush. So we got him. And you remember what that was like, right?
This is a man who led our nation down a very dark path, embracing illegal detention, the suspension of the Geneva Convention, war crimes, and torture. He was also a rabid denier of science (much like Jill Stein, btw, though in a different direction), and helped exacerbate the global climate change situation.
If you call yourself a liberal and you think we were better off with Bush II than we would have been with Gore then you are, quite simply, an idiot.
You’re also an idiot if you’re a liberal and plan to vote for anyone other than Hillary. You are clearly someone for whom liberal principles don’t really matter, and you just want to stick your finger in the eye of “the Man” by voting for Jill Stein or whatever.
For those of you who are thinking about this, may I suggest you read this article in Slate? It’s all about Nader’s campaign, and it’s a good read. I suggest you check it out, and remember what can happen when you embrace someone who won’t win. And please tape the following quote to your monitor:
It is not corporate propaganda that turns presidential voting into a binary choice—it is the unwieldy electoral system outlined in the Constitution, in which a candidate must win a majority of electoral votes to emerge victorious. In parliamentary systems, coalitions of parties can form governments. In ours, the coalition-building has to happen inside the party, since otherwise an outright Electoral College victory is impossible. This reality is so basic that it feels patronizing to describe it and yet every four years, a sliver of highly mobilized citizens emerge who think they can wish it away.