Dean/Nader debate replay on

If you weren't able to watch yesterday's NPR-sponsored debate between Howard Dean and Ralph Nader, you can download a RealPlayer recording of it at

I haven't been able to watch it yet, but from the comments I read yesterday at DailyKos, Dean did a great job. Check it out for yourself.

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Instant Runoff Voting

I was happy to hear both Nader and Dean endorse Instant Runoff Voting (IRV), a method for fixing the "spoiler" problem. This system of voting is described at . IRV allows a voter to vote for a third party candidate without the fear of throwing the election to the major party candidate that they like least. This would allow a qualified third party to steadily build support, something that is not currently possible.

I think that Nader could best publicize this issue by running his campaign to promote his positions but dropping out just before the election, stating that he is forced to do so by the current system so that he does not act as a spoiler. He could then recommend that his supporters vote for the candidate who has best taken up his positions or that he most supports. That, at least, would give him some political leverage and the major parties, as well as the people, might give a little more thought to addressing this issue. In any case, this would be much more responsible than acting as a spoiler.

Ironically, a spoiler is most likely to throw the election to the candidate who he is least like. During the debate, Nader stated: "And if you don't vote your conscience, I'd like to hear from you about what part of your body you are voting.". I would propose that, in not facilitating Bush's election by voting for Nader, a voter is voting their BRAIN. Nader likewise needs to exercise his brain along with his well-developed conscience.