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February 5th, 2004

Ralph Don’t Run

In the 2000 election, I voted for Ralph Nader. I’m not ashamed or afraid to admit it. I wasn’t in a swing state, in addition, so I was able to vote with my conscience. But I was saddened to read that Ralph was considering running – again.

The great Flash presentation at Ralph Don’t Run says it all. Recently, Ralph was on NPR discussing the site and, in what I thought was a fit of poor judgment, he said that the Ralph Don’t Run site was a form of “censorship” by “liberals.” What?

Ralph, you represented a lot of very liberal people in 2000, and a lot of other people who simply liked what you had to say. (My mom voted for you!) But in 2004, there is simply too much at stake. The reason I don’t want to see you run this year is because you can easily play the role of a spoiler – and, no matter whose side you’re on, that’s not a great thing.

I do agree with what Ralph has said regarding our two-party system. I wish we had more. But 2004 is not the year in which we need to make this change. Tell you what, Ralph. Make yourself useful this year and back the Democratic candidate. Do what you can to get on his cabinet, or at least get recognized by him. Doing that will mean a lot more to me, a supporter of yours, than conducting a giant folly by running for President.

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