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From: barry levine
Date: Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 1:22 PM
Subject: re: It Takes a Party
To the Editor:
No one who isn't brain-dead should be surprised that Hillary Clinton is running for the White House, nor that professor Krugman means to vote for whomever the Democratic Party nominates in that race. But we should not leap to his conclusion that it doesn't matter who heads the ticket. Some will remember Ralph Nader's supporter arguing in all sincerity that it made no difference whether we had one wealthy son of privilege (George W. Bush) or another (Al Gore) in the White House. In retrospect, that was foolishness. While neither of them was the class warrior the Naderites wanted, only one of them squandered $trillions in a pointless war in Iraq while ignoring the collapse of Wall Street. And a president Gore would not have name John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.
Nominees do matter. It is far, far too early to resign ourselves to vote for the choice of the pundits. It is time to demand that candidates stand for something.
Barry Haskell Levine