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Friday, February 20, 2004  

Has He No Shame?

Ralph Nader is jumping into the Presidential race, according to this Fox News article. He's to make the formal announcement on this Sunday's MTP. Unlike the 2000 presidential race when he ran under the Green Party mantle, this time he'll be running as an independent. Shame on Ralph Nader.

Judging from the results so far in the last 18 Democratic primaries and caucus contests, Democratic voters appear to be united in their desire to get rid of Bush and have made "electability" their prime objective.

However, it's the Deaniacs, those Democrats who have either felt disenfranchised or new voters who have never before participated in the process and were inspired to do so because of Howard Dean who are potentially up for grabs and currently "electorally homeless" if not already feeling displaced after Dean's withdrawal from the presidential race.

Assuming that Dean was true to his word when he said that "the most important goal remains defeating George W. Bush in November, and I hope that you will join me in doing everything we can to support the Democrats this fall", alot of the heavy lifting will be up to Dean to undertake the task of hammering home the message to his "followers" that there is more to lose by not sublimating their emotional connection and ideological purity and subsequently migrating on over to Nader, rather than aggregate their collective energies to instead focus on the greater imperative and common good: uniting.

President Clinton recently said that when it comes to casting their vote, the difference between Democrats and Republicans is that:
"Democrats always want to fall in love with a candidate, and Republicans just want to fall in line. We've got to fall in line with whoever our nominee is."
There has never been a more compelling reason and consequential time as right here and now for progressives and Democrats to fall in line. Somehow, i have a strong gut feeling that this time around, America's Democrats are keenly aware of this.

posted by voxpopgirl | 2/20/2004