[…] Last and least is a voice from the left, Norman Solomon, who comes forward in these last days to warn his progressive voter friends to stay away from Ralph Nader at the polls. No matter that national polls say consistently that Nader draws his votes from McCain’s side, Solomon is worried. Even as he acknowledges Obama’s progressive policy failings both domestic and foreign, he explicitly counsels voting for Obama with no expectation of change:
When I’ve spoken to dozens of audiences during the two months since the Democratic National Convention, where I was an elected Obama delegate, there’s been an overwhelmingly positive response when I make a simple statement about Obama and the prospects of an Obama presidency : the best way to avoid becoming disillusioned is to not have illusions in the first place. Looking past the election, progressives will need to mobilize for a comprehensive agenda, including economic justice, guaranteed healthcare for all, civil liberties, environmental protection and demilitarization.
I recalled (though many may not) his similar warning to the Greens in October 2003, to stay away from Nader, a decision which ultimately allowed Democratic operatives and Republican law firms to keep Independent Nader’s anti-war message off of state ballots and out of the 2004 campaign. Thousands more died while Progressives mobilized. […]
– from Steven Conn, CounterPunch (where else?)