Why I still support Nader
Quick effort I tossed up on dKos . Not sure it's all that applicable to this crowd.
There's been a lot of calls lately for Nader to drop out. Well, he's not going to, and good for him. There's also been a lot of calls for his supporters to vote for Gore. Let this supporter tell you, it's ain't happening, no how no way. And let me tell you why.
You see, Gore is actually pretty terrible when it comes to the issues I care about. Oh sure, he talks a good game about social security, and he was VP for the last 8 years of economic growth, and he's a consistent defender of the environment. But Nader! I mean, just listen to how much he cares about the little guy. He's gonna really sock it to those corporate bastards, you just watch. He's a real fighter, he'll make the Republicans run away crying. Nader all the way for me.
Do those Gore supporters really think that Gore would give me everything that Nader would? Please! Ok, ok, a few of them are trying to make the nuanced and complicated argument that Gore would be better than Bush, even if not as good (from my perspective) as Nader... but whatever, Nader just said yesterday that he's in the race to stay, and by God he's got my vote.
Plus, Gore is so shallow. I mean c'mon, this is the best we've got? We're supposed to unite behind a strawman, a cliche-machine? If I hear lockbox one more time I'm gonna puke!
So to all you Gore-bots, take a hike. Nader is going to bring real change to Washington, and he's gonna fight for my rights. Nader for President 2000!
Did I mention I live in Florida?
================================================ My first comment also posted below
On getting things done
The idea that Obama would be unable to get things done with Republicans because he's too soft and wouldn't fight hard enough is, thousand pardons, inane. He already has a strong track record in the Senate of working with Republicans to pass mutually agreeable legislation.
He also has a record as a fighter -- just ask Fox News. Not an angry fighter, maybe, but an effective one.
I think Edwards would have made a fine candidate. I personally don't feel the same about Clinton. I recognize that Obama doesn't offer everything to Edwards supporters, and that Clinton is more attractive to some. So, make your voices heard in a meaningful way by putting pressure on the viable candidates to earn your support.
But if you don't want Clinton to get the nomination, you're ok with Obama, and yet you still stick with Edwards... then you didn't learn jack from 2000.