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Should Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson withdraw from the race, to avoid a repeat of 2000?

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Should Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson withdraw from the race, to avoid a repeat of 2000?

     The presidential race is close enough that the candidacies of Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson could throw the election to Romney/Ryan, causing a likely ripple effects for down-ticket races.

Acknowledging Obama's many failures and sellouts, one can make a good case that he and Biden are  not as bad as Romney and Ryan, especially when it comes to women's rights, gay rights, militarism, taxation, preserving the social safety net, and appointing Supreme Court judges.   Daniel Ellsberg (no fan of Obama) made this case in Progressives: In Swing States, Vote for Obama; Noam Chomsky made similar remarks. (I made a similar case in The Myth that the Dems are as bad as the Repugs.)

On the other hand, there is no excuse for Obama's sellouts, and if progressives always vote for the lesser of two evils, that will encourage future Democratic presidents to ignore progressives' concerns.

Should Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson withdraw their candidacies to avoid a situation like the one in 2000, when Nader's candidacy contributed to Bush's eventual occupancy of the White House?


President Barack Obama by public


Ralph Nader


They should withdraw. Obama/Biden are way better than Romney/Ryan.
       9% from 8 votes  
They shouldn't withdraw; Obama/Biden are worse than Romney/Ryan.
       1% from 1 votes  
They shouldn't withdraw; we must stop voting for the lesser of two evils.
       88% from 79 votes  
Not sure.
       2% from 2 votes  

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The GOP and Dems give us one choice-- corporatism.... by Rob Kall on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 8:38:01 AM
and let's not forget that even though I Have NOT h... by crispy on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 3:08:10 PM
an easy excuse for his selling us out to his corpo... by zon moy on Monday, Nov 5, 2012 at 9:32:47 AM
the votes are counted in secret!!!  Until a l... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 11:05:52 AM
In my book, The Devil's Marriage: Break up the Cor... by Gary Brumback on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 10:22:25 AM
Good luck with that. (Fool me once...)... by Kristine Hoggatt on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 2:17:10 PM
Why isnt the question "Should Obama and Romney wit... by keith pendleton on Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 at 8:22:56 PM
is that the two parties have set it up so that one... by zon moy on Monday, Nov 5, 2012 at 9:35:23 AM
There are no good choices in this election, only l... by Don Smith on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 10:47:26 AM
started shouting from the rooftops about what's go... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 11:12:38 AM
Daniel, if I lived in Utah I would vote for you in... by Gary Brumback on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 11:31:29 AM
or anyone with similar thoughts--which I do unders... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 5:37:27 PM
To Gary Brumback:Obama has committed impeachable o... by Kristine Hoggatt on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 7:54:38 PM
voting for Obama if you live in a swing state.&nbs... by Kevin Tully on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 10:03:14 PM
How can you vote for someone who makes you barf?... by Kristine Hoggatt on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 2:18:20 PM
Could it be the ONLY big difference between Romne... by crispy on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 2:45:41 PM
Doesn't Congress have to approve Supreme Court can... by Kristine Hoggatt on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 7:59:05 PM
the SENATE has to approve nominees but it almost a... by crispy on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 11:58:37 PM
Robert Bork... by Dean on Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 1:14:37 PM
Nader didn't contribute to Bush being in the White... by David McCorquodale on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 1:47:51 PM
Did Gore cave because they promised him he could b... by Kristine Hoggatt on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 2:20:22 PM
indeed I agree it was a supreme court "coup d'eta... by crispy on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 2:58:36 PM
the guy taught the people dive taking 101... by zon moy on Monday, Nov 5, 2012 at 9:37:18 AM
BTW, it's also a wrong assumption to presume that ... by David McCorquodale on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 1:50:31 PM
It's time to break the lesser of two evils myth. B... by D'Marie Mulattieri on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 3:22:08 PM
I disagree: many progressives have called on Obama... by crispy on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 5:53:51 PM
Crispy, you have effectively made my point for me.... by D'Marie Mulattieri on Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 4:03:43 AM
I will vote for Jill Stein -To stand against corpo... by Philip Pease on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 3:44:52 PM
Rocky Anderson           ... by Lance Ciepiela on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 9:09:01 PM
They should not withdraw, we are not children who ... by Joe McNair on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 11:00:47 PM
I already voted for Rocky Anderson with Early Voti... by 911TRUTH on Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 12:19:40 AM
I watched the third party debate Larry King Modera... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 9:08:39 AM
Since Rocky Anderson and Jill Stein have similar v... by Don Smith on Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 11:56:00 AM
HOWEVER, the reason Gore "didn't" win in 2000, or ... by Jill Herendeen on Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 at 3:32:14 PM
We the people need free choice to choose who we wa... by E. J. N. on Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 2:01:18 PM
...he needs those swing votes in those swing state... by Gustav Wynn on Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 at 8:03:22 PM
What a loaded question, "avoid a repeat of 2000"?L... by Kathleen Murphy on Friday, Nov 2, 2012 at 2:37:30 PM
The way I see it, Nader contributed to the 2000 ou... by Don Smith on Friday, Nov 2, 2012 at 9:14:32 PM

 
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