Posted by Kevin Matthews on October 30, 2000 at 21:33:08:
In Reply to: Re: Anti-Nader petition posted by Sylvia Smith on October 30, 2000 at 18:22:10:
...in first-past-the-post contests such as that in the US, where all a state's electoral college votes normally go to the candidate with a plurality, the impact of such spoiling tactics on inclusive representative politics is potentially very damaging.
Thanks, that's rather well put.
It really is too bad in many ways that we don't have a proportional representation system like the UK. But since we don't, responsible building of a third party shouldn't force progressives (I know several who are very torn over the Gore/Nader choice) into picking the lesser of two evils : a) voting for a more centrist Democrat than they'd like, or b) voting for a sterling idealist without program proposals or a chance of winning.
Thanks for your openness in engaging the discussion. That means we win something, either way!