Remember 2000? That’s the Presidential election that perhaps changed the world, as Al Gore lost to George W. Bush courtesy of the US Supreme Court, and the hanging chads of Florida. Ralph Nader ran as a third party Green candidate.
But could there have been a different outcome? Bill Yue from Arlington, VA wrote in his letter to the editor of the Washington Post the following: “Nader won enough votes in two states – Florida and New Hampshire – to put either of them in Gore’s column. Nader won 97,488 votes in Florida, which easily could have swung the election to give Gore the state’s 25 electoral votes, and there would have been no need for a recount. Even without Florida, adding Nader’s 4 percent of the New Hampshire vote to Gore’s 47 percent would have given Gore a 270 to 267 victory in the electoral college.” The small state of New Hampshire was enough to lose it for Gore.
We need to carefully consider our vote in this election. Although the idea of Jill Stein, or even Gary Johnson, being a viable candidate floats around in our dreams, it won’t get us anywhere. We need to stand as Democrats and elect Hillary Clinton. She may not have been the first choice for many of us, but she is our best option this election, and the only person standing in the way of Donald Trump.
There are arguments and support for a multi-party system, for the two party system, for dumping the electoral college and going to a proportional popular vote, etc, etc. Each idea has merits and drawbacks, but for the urgency of this election, I will vote for HER, and follow Bernie Sander’s lead.
After the election, we need to hold all of our candidates to their campaign promises, including Hillary, to support the progressive positions she endorsed this summer.