Is this necessary?
Michigan Republicans are helping gather signatures to place independent Ralph Nader on the presidential ballot in the battleground state, irritating Democrats who accuse the GOP of trying to pull votes away from candidate John Kerry.
"It's another example of state Republicans willing to try every unethical trick in the book to hold power," Democratic Executive Chairman Mark Brewer said Thursday. "This clearly shows that a vote for Ralph Nader is a vote to re-elect George Bush. The Republicans know that, and that's why they are desperate to have Nader on the Michigan ballot."
Greg McNeilly of the state Republican Party said the GOP is doing nothing wrong and hopes Nader will draw votes from the Democratic candidate.Wrong, Mr. McNeilly.
Here’s yet another instance in which I agree with the Democrats. Those that would vote for Nader out of principle and are already planning to do so, know quite well—if they have a lick of sense, as these Nader-supporters most definitely do--that their votes will be more likely to reduce John Kerry's vote tally, than that of the president. To launch a “Republicans for Nader” campaign is certainly legal, but as we know, everything that’s legal isn’t necessarily moral or ethical.
How can we Republicans/conservatives sanction a dirty trick like this while, at the same time, vilify the dirty tricks of our ideological opponents?
(For the record, I sent this post to the RNC chairman, Ed Gillespie.)
(Thanks to the no-blogging co-blogger, King Buzz)