Good for you, Howard Dean

Good for you, Howard Dean
: A few days ago, I said that Howard Dean should come out urging his supporters not to shift their support to Ralph Election Spoiler Nader.

Well, Howard Dean just did it. Good for you, Doc.

Those who truly want America’s leaders to stand up to the corporate special interests and build a better country for working people should recognize that, in 2004, a vote for Ralph Nader is, plain and simple, a vote to re-elect George W. Bush. I hope that Ralph Nader will withdraw his candidacy in the best interests of the country we hope to become.

Many of my supporters urged me to run as an independent, but I judged it the wrong thing to do. There is still time for Ralph Nader to stand with those in the Democratic Party who are building a progressive coalition to defeat George W. Bush. But time is running out. We can win only if we are united.

Finally, something on which Dean and I wholeheartedly agree.

: UPDATE: Joe Lieberman also tells Nader what for.

  • http://www.tonypierce.com/blog/bloggy.htm tony

    although i can understand your point of view, dont you think that a strong showing by nader this year, coupled with a Bush defeat, would be the best thing for americans and american politics?
    two party politics isnt doing the country all that much good.
    is it?

  • http://much-ado.blogspot.com/ Mike

    So wait a second: the longshot candidate who complained about Big Politics Powers trying to keep him out of the nomination, is trying to stop a longshot candidate from running in the general election? Sounds like a bunch of crap, to me.

  • Larry

    There’s something I don’t understand here… In posts about Iran it seems to me IMHO you are very critical about the lack of opposition candidates to vote for; rationalized by the Mullahs. Is that correct? Yet in another post, you agree with Mr. Dean for discouraging his people to vote for Mr. Nader, thusly agreeing that he should not be considered for inclusion to the upcoming race. Is that correct? I’m sure you have your reasons & justifications—but you sound and awful lot like Mr. Kerry.

  • Larry

    and furthermore….
    Since there is such a rush to support American values amongst the liberal left (aka Democratic Party), this is another example of how they seek to engender such values amongst our citizens. Out of sight, out of mind… Certainly such moral integrity should be rewarded (echos of Mr. Kerry)!
    Convention plan puts protesters blocks away
    By Rick Klein, Globe Staff, 2/20/2004
    Protesters at this summer’s Democratic National Convention in Boston may be confined to a cozy triangle of land off Haymarket Square, blocked off from the FleetCenter and convention delegates by a maze of Central Artery service roads, MBTA train tracks, and a temporary parking lot holding scores of buses and media trucks
    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/02/20/convention_plan_puts_protesters_blocks_away/

  • JorgXMcKie

    Even if Nader should get 2% of the vote this time I doubt that anyone who votes for him would have voted for the Democratic candidate anyway. If nothing else Democrats should welcome him because he makes them look more centrist. Besides, the Democrats have been using Nader and his Public Interest Groups for years, so why shouldn’t he return the favor?

  • http://www.shanksvillememorial.com furious

    Jeff:
    Consistency test here — were you equally incensed when Ross Perot hoovered up 19% of the popular vote in ’92?
    furious