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  •  No, the diarist is right (4+ / 0-)

    Twice in the past I voted for third-party candidates. Both times the Repubs won and took our country to increasingly more and more horrifying places. Now, in retrospect, I greatly regret that I and my like-minded friends, who justified our voting with arguments like yours, did not support the Dems. I feel like I threw my votes away. I will never do it again.

    Where Reagan took us and where Bush took us as a country is so much worse than where the Dems would have taken us. Purity and standards and beliefs are irrelevant. We live in reality. Reality is Reps or Dems in control. Period. We will live with the consequences of which of those two parties wins. Every single vote is critical.

    I moved to Florida in 2000 in the wake of a messy divorce and didn't vote that year because I didn't get registered in time due to the emotional fallout. Several of my friends who lived in Fla. voted Green that year. Gore lost by merely a couple hundred votes in Fla. We ALL came to regret it terribly and wish we could have a do-over where we had voted for Gore. Bush's presidency was the biggest and longest horror story in my entire life. I will vote straight Dem for the rest of my life, unless the political picture here drastically changes.

    •  Gee, you cast votes for losers (0+ / 0-)

      or that you regretted, and so have I. Mine were all for Democrats. I voted for McGovern and he lost big. I voted once for Ed Mesvinsky, who probably holds the record for most criminal counts achieved by a former Representative. But he's out of prison now, and his kid married Chelsea Clinton.

      That doesn't mean that voting for Democrats is a bad idea and I'm going to quit doing it.

      In Soviet Russia, you rob bank. In America, bank robs you.

      by badger on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 10:06:29 AM PST

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      •  you are missing his point (2+ / 0-)
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        chantedor, Quicklund

        It's not that he voted for the loser; it's that he failed to vote for the Democrat when that could have made a difference.

        •  Bingo! (2+ / 0-)
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          wilderness voice, Quicklund

          @wilderness voice, you got it!

          @badger: We already knew they weren't going to win when we voted for them. We felt that we were standing on principle: that the U.S. shouldn't be a two-party system, and that we should vote for the person who most represented our own viewpoint on every issue. We knew they were "losers" in the sense that there was no way they could win against the major parties. (I'm talking about presidential elections, not smaller local elections where third parties might have a chance.) We didn't think our few puny votes would matter. Not until the aftermath of Bush vs. Gore did we see how a few votes could make all the difference in the world.

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