08/02/00: I submitted an editorial to the Atlanta Constitution suggesting that
Gore's campaign needs to turn left a bit or he'll lose the election, and
I included examples of how Bush has broadened his outreach in both
My view was that Bush picked Cheney to renew support from the far-right
as Bush continues to ride the centrist position, and is capitalizing on
the diversity within his campaign (Cheney's daughter, avowed lesbian
Mary Cheney) to cyphon off votes from the left.
I suggested that Gore needs to consider a female running mate, and named
former Texas Gov. Ann Richards as an option, to convince more liberal
voters the Democratic party does stand behind its own principles.
The Atlanta Constitution cut the entire paragraph in my letter regarding
diversity and progressive votes, I suspect because it mentions Mary
Cheney the lesbian by name.
I am fuming that it was cut because the meaning of my letter was
radically altered to appear to be only concerned with the financial
strength of Bush's campaign. Nowhere now does my letter indicate
concerns about the status quo position Gore seems to be taking. But what
can I do? Sending a followup letter complaining about the censorship
hones in on the lesbian content and makes it appear I am only concerned
with that aspect of it.
I am extremely disappointed that Gore has not even CONSIDERED a woman
for the role of VP. I am likewise extremely concerned that this lack of progressive liberalism will spin off too many liberal votes to Nader, while Republicans unanimously vote for Bush. Splitting our votes between Gore and Nader puts Bush in office no matter what we do. I suggest Gore had better show some signs of being a true Democrat and give the liberals a reason to vote for him or else Bush will win this election.
Cheney is his job security too, because the conservatives WANT Cheney, and they'll ride out 8 years of Bush just to get a *real* conservative in office. Imagine how much ground we'll lose during their reign... real ground, as in unpolluted earth space. And our progressive accomplishments.