Posted by Kevin Matthews on November 01, 2000 at 03:55:11:
In Reply to: the Nader Petition posted by rebecca on October 31, 2000 at 19:43:08:
Sincerely, your lead argument seems a bit peculiar. If you are referencing the freedoms of our democracy, wouldn't you include the right to petition? To associate and express our very real concerns? The honest expression and discussion back and forth is the essence of democracy.
From my perspective - one apparently shared by hundreds of petition signers - the epitome of arrogance is a supposedly ethically pure candidate who seems entirely careless about casting the results of the election to his and our environment's most dangerous enemies.
If Ralph Nader's pure goal is to get as many votes as he can - maybe even the magic 5% to be able to run with government support next time - he would be campaigning in heavily Democratic states where Gore is sure to win. In those states Nader would get the most votes for a given amount of campaigning.
So why is Nader campaigning so much in heavily contested states like Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, where he surely has to fight harder for every vote he'll actually get? What could be the logic of that strategy?