Ralph Nader did not cost Al Gore the 2000 election.
Yes, I voted for Nader in 2000. Nothing drive a mainstream Dem more crazy than Ralph Nader. And few things point out the rank hypocrisy of the two party system like the whole 2000 election.
Let’s take a look at Florida’s election results:
So George Bush won with 2,912,790 votes. Al Gore lost with 2,912,253 votes. Add the three, carry the one… a difference of 537 votes.
Ralph Nader got 97,488 votes. So technically, I guess, he caused Al Gore to lose.
Harry Browne got 16,415 votes
Pat Buchanan got 17,484 votes
John Hagelin got 2,281 votes
Monica Moorehead* got 1,804 votes
Howard Phillips got 1,371 votes
Even the lowly James E. Harris Junior covered the spread with 562 vote.
I don’t recall hearing massive grumbling about the Socialist Workers Party costing Gore the election.
Inconvenient Truth? Sayeth Greg Pallast:
The U.S. Civil Rights Commission looked into the smelly pile of spoiled ballots and concluded that, of the 179,855 ballots invalidated by Florida officials, 53 percent were cast by black voters. In Florida, a black citizen was 10 times as likely to have a vote rejected as a white voter.
53% of 179,855 is 95,323 votes. So only 50.0056% of those ‘spoiled’ ballots needed to go Gore’s way in order to assure victory. What’s the chance that would have occurred?
In 2000, for every black who voted for Bush, 10 voted for Al Gore.
Another thing not discussed is the idea that if Nader had dropped out of the race, all of the votes he recieved would automatically have gone to Gore. This is patently false. I would have sat out of the 2000 race had Nader not been in there. I was disillusioned with politics and ready for a change. Voting to sustain the two party system seemed like a waste of time.
I am a big fan of Al Gore now. He seems to have found some passion, a calling. In 2000, I wasn’t even sure he had a heartbeat. The only people responsible for Gore’s loss in 2000 (besides the criminals who totally gamed the system) are Gore and his coterie of advisers.
This was all prompted by an excellent Independent Lens on PBS last night.
*Note to self: Consider last name change.