I voted for Nader. My support was premised on the idea that the Republican was hardly much worse than the corporatist Democrat. My imagination simply didn’t allow for how bad the Republican could be. It is one of my deepest and most lifelong regrets, one of those aching moments you wish you could have back, but can’t.
Maybe I’m not as progressive as you, but I’ve made my peace with the idea that I’m never going to get what I want in an election. But I also now recognize that there are substantive, meaningful differences in millions of actual people’s lives that will be felt during the next four years based on the outcome of this election. Especially with a Republican congress. Especially with the Supreme Court in the balance.
So vote the way you need to, Paul; I hope you don’t have similar hauntings, but more importantly, I hope that people without leverage and power, which is to say most Americans, don’t pay a price — and potentially a long-term one, given the lifetime appointments of the Supremes — if votes that might have gone to Clinton end up inadvertently electing Trump.