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Thursday, April 08, 2004


Elections are not soda

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, April 08, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Dean's explicit advice to his supporters not to vote for Nader is rubbing the usual utopians the wrong way. It's not clear to me why the concept of Anybody But Bush is so difficult to understand for the fringe left. The simple factc that elections have consequences seems to escape these types - a far better and more effective protest vote would be to focus on congressional candidates, and use vote-swapping to coordinate the effort in swing counties. The Presidency, however, is too important to risk when the current occupant is incompetent on the order of George Bush.

Link above goes to an overwrought analogy of soda at the grocery. Woe is RC.


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