I voted for Ralph Nader for President in 2000. I am not ashamed of this. I thought it was a good idea at the time; I am not a fan of the centrist/right-wing drift of the Democratic Party, I am not a fan of Al Gore, and at the time, I underestimated the vile nature of George Bush. Hindsight is just fine, but it's not real. Given what I knew in 2000, I made the correct choice.
It was, nonetheless, with hindsight, the wrong choice. I say that now. This is what George Bush has done, this is how colossally bad he is as a President: he made me wish I'd voted for Al Gore.
Well, that won't happen again. If the Democrats run Kerry, I will vote for him. If they run Edwards, I will vote for him. Hell, I don't care who they run as long as it's not a pop culture-hater like the thankfully now extinct Joe Lieberman (or Al's wife Tipper, for that matter). I do this because I've learned something over the past few years. George Bush is the worst American president in my lifetime, and I've lived long enough to see some fucked up presidents, like Kennedy and Nixon and Reagan. Shit, Helen Thomas says Georgie is the worst president ever, and I think she was alive for George Washington.
Some Democrats are just sadly misguided twirps, as are many Republicans. I'm not very fond of any politician, Democrat or Republican, who is to the right of Barbara Lee. But George Bush is evil, the people he works with are evil, and whereas in 2000 I saw the race as being between DemoTwirp and RepubliTwirp and cast my vote for Nader, in 2004, I see the race as being between DemoTwirp and Lucifer. And even I understand the difference between those two.
Sadly, it appears that Ralph Nader does not see this. Rumors are that on Sunday he will announce his candidacy as an independent for president. I just wanted to let Ralphie know in advance that I represent at least one fewer vote for Nader in 2004 than he got in 2000.