Can Democrats be changed? One thought on that question.

“Dems are lost cause” says man who ran Nader’s campaign in Florida


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Over several decades, progressives have claimed their efforts were guided by the goal to change the Democratic Party from the inside, and, as the Progressive Democrats of America claim, from the outside as well. Any progress? Have any of their efforts succeeded? [Read original KATU interview]. Do the still oft-repeated “spoiler” claims of of the 2000 race which brought W to the White House, have validity?

“Spoilers” & Ranked Choice Voting
Must there never be a challenge to the two-party system? Are there any ways third party candidates could legitimately be heard and run without upsetting “the horserace”? Ranked-choice voting (a popular example of which is IRV, or Instant Runoff Voting) claims to allow voters to chose multiple candidates, and prioritize them, so that if their 1st choice does not win, their vote goes to the 2nd choice, and so on. Would that be difficult to achieve? 

“IRV works like this: Voters are asked to rank their candidate preferences when they vote. Voters indicate their first, second, and third choices in every contested race. If no candidate receives a majority of votes after tallying all of the first choice votes, the bottom vote getter is eliminated, and the voters who had selected that last place finisher as their first choice then have their second preferences counted instead. This algorithm repeats until a majority outcome is achieved, and a winner is declared. Naturally, if there is a majority winner in the first round of tallying votes, then there is no need to go to second preferences.”
— a definition from The Matt Gonzalez Reader

If, for example, IRV, were able to eliminate completely the so-called Spoiler Effect, then why wouldn’t the Democrats who claim Nader “spoiled” Gore’s chances in 2000, do everything in their power to help us GET this remedy? Why, in fact, would they actively OPPOSE it, like they did in the San Francisco mayoral race in 2002? They brought in heavy-hitters like Gore and Bill  to get a last-minute court injunction against IRV to keep likely winner County Board of Supervisor President (and Green candidate) Matt Gonzalez from winning with an IRV coalition vote, and get THEIR candidate into office. It seems they are really about control, any way they can get it.

Could it be they just don’t want to confront any truly progressive opposition — either from the outside like Nader or Gonzalez, — or as with Sanders in 2016, from the inside, either? Maybe … they are just opposed to … democracy … and its rules … anything “of, by and for” the People.

Interview & Article
How does this relate to the idea that the Democratic Party is … a “lost cause”? That is a conclusion of an interview by Portland’s KATU which gives a glimpse at the rationale behind this claim. The title is “Man who ran Nader’s campaign in Florida & supports Sanders says Dems are lost cause.” Read the full interview.

[What really happened in Florida in 2000?]

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