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Punkingal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-04 04:58 PM
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43. Nader as "Advocate for Change?"
To position himself as the authentic advocate for change, Nader MUST focus almost exclusively on the incumbent president, as I indicated in my original post. After all, Bush's party also happens to control both houses of Congress, who are relentlessly advancing his agenda. He has presided over an acceleration of trends across the full issue spectrum which Nader has always resisted, issue by issue.

It seems you are in general agreement with my reasoning, but as to point #7, let me say this: the Dem nominee should not contest Nader when his opinions diverge from the nominee's position. Rather, he should say, "You're right." (And I'm glad you're here to deepen the discussion on such critical matters). Then, continue to advance and articulate the Democratic message and positions - don't give Nader (or Nader supporters) reason to focus on the Democratic nominee. Unless provoked, Nader will be on auto pilot condemning Bush.
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