Nader to supporters: Vote for…

Nader to supporters: Vote for Kerry if it’s close

The longtime consumer advocate wants would-be supporters to attend his rallies, but he says he wants them to feel free to cast their votes for Sen. John Kerry once they enter the voting booth — especially in swing states where their vote might help defeat President Bush.

Good. This is a principled stand, and will also shut up the more loony and vociferous Democrats. DailyKos generally has excellent political coverage, but on Nader, Kos isn’t rational. For example, he just posted a photo of a Nader organizer in Arizona talking to a Republican as proof of the hideous conpiracy Nader is engaging in, consorting with actual Republicans and all. I guess Kos must be so unsullied and pure that he has never ever spoken to a Republican, eh?

In reality, speaking as a former co-chair of the Green Party of LA County, I know several Green activists who say they would be Republicans if they weren’t Greens, including one who was an elected Republican town council member. Plus, polls have shown about 25% of those voting for Nader in 2000 were Republicans. So, take off the tinfoil hat, Kos.

The Nader/Camejo ticket will focus on the war and progressive issues. Hey, someone has to, Kerry sure isn’t. Nader has shown he can grab major media attention, and Camejo is a mature, intelligent long-time activist who impressed many non-Greens during his California governor run earlier this year. Together, they may well force Kerry to tilt left. Good.

Meanwhile, Kerry continues to waffle on the war

Senate votes to add 20,000 troops to Army: Kerry abstains