“If you want the parties to diverge from one another, have Bush win”

"If you want the parties to diverge from one another, have Bush win." So said Ralph Nader during the 2000 election campaign, where he siphoned enough votes from Al Gore (over seven times as many as Buchanan took from Bush) to ensure that GW Bush could steal Florida and thus the US. It’s been ten years since then. Did Nader’s scheme work?

Well, if it was to force the Democrats (or Republicans) to move to the left, that’s certainly not what happened. And if it was to do what the German Communists hoped would happen when they backed Hitler in the 1930s — namely, to "heighten the contradictions" and make the masses so miserable that they’d rise up in revolt under Socialist leaders — well, that obviously didn’t happen, either.

So why do that again?

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