Posted by Kevin Matthews on October 25, 2000 at 12:16:39:
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Voting in our swing state of Oregon is now in progress. This year our Oregonian votes for Gore or for Bush will carry more weight than in any vote for President over the last generation.
I agree unreservedly with the editorial below from The Nation, a time honored and straight-talking progressive magazine: Stopping George W. Bush is an overwhelming priority! If we don't stop Bush nationally, there's a real likelihood that our most tireless local efforts over the next 4 to 8 years will simply be swamped by horrible national policies. (Remember James Watt?)
"In states where either Gore or Bush has a commanding lead, vote Nader. In the states too close to call, vote Gore. In either case,the imperative is to end Republican control in Congress by electing Democrats, also vital to the prospects for progressive change."
In the words of Molly Ivins, quoted below:
"Vote with your heart where you can, and vote with your head where you must."
Politics is known as the art of the possible. Let's use our votes to make it impossible for Big Oil to take over the White House.
PS: Frankly, in this truly and inherently imperfect world of ours, I am proud to have an opportunity to vote for the author of "Earth in the Balance", a major party candidate, our own Vice President!
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Subject: The Nation Poll Watch
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2000 13:46:00 -0500
From: The Nation Magazine
To: "The Nation Magazine"
Dear EmailNation Subscriber,
In "The Election and Beyond," The Nation sets out its
thinking on this year's presidential race--the closest since John F.
Kennedy beat the incumbent Vice-President Richard Nixon in 1960:
"In another season, when our insurgent values have accumulated more
momentum and self-confidence, we might see things differently. This time
around, we believe the practical priority of keeping the Bush squad from
winning power takes precedence, while we also urge that, if possible,
progressives help Nader score a blow to the status quo. For the larger
progressive community, the tension can be resolved by following the logic
of Texas columnist Molly Ivins. Her rule: Vote with your heart where you
can, and vote with your head where you must. In states where either Gore
or Bush has a commanding lead, vote Nader. In the states too close to
call, vote Gore. In either case,the imperative is to end Republican
control in Congress by electing Democrats, also vital to the prospects for
You can read this editorial in its entirety at:
Given the hotly contested nature of this year's race, we've created a
Nation Poll Watch, which will track the race in each of the fifty states
through Election Tuesday. The idea is to help illuminate where Gore or
Bush has a commanding lead and which states are too close to call. We'll
update this section daily, reflecting constant changes in polling data and
we include links to compilations of state-by-state polling data for
further information. This poll watch is available directly at:
And check out our recently updated micro-site for the best in Election
2000 coverage. Featuring investigative reports on Al Gore, Joe Lieberman,
George W. Bush and Dick and Lynne Cheney; a collection of pieces on Ralph
Nader's candidacy; recent columns by Christopher Hitchens (on Bush's
alleged dyslexia) and Katha Pollitt (on why's she decided to vote for
Nader); The Nation's "Congressional Dozen;" Nation-commissioned polls; an
updated section of campaign dispatches from each decade of the twentieth
century and an annotated listing of electoral links. All available at:
And, remember, if you like any of the articles you read on the site,
please send them along to friends, family or antagonists using our
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