How Slatesters Voted
Scott Moore, Publisher: Bush.
I'm voting my wallet this election, which given that I work for a corporation under strident attack by the incumbent administration, means I'm voting for Bush. I also expect that Bush will be less inclined to foul up the economy. And while a tax cut isn't at the top of my wish list, I believe strongly that without one, the surplus will be spent not on paying down the national debt but on new entitlements. The best outcome I can imagine for this election would be for Bush to win the White House and for the Democrats to retake control of the House. The last six years prove that gridlock in the capital can be a good thing for the economy.
Robert Neubecker, Illustrator: Gore.
I'm stilled appalled at the GOP's refusal to concede the '92 election to Clinton. I thought their subsequent behavior savagely extreme and nearly treasonous. I've voted Republican when I believed the government had drifted too far left, and I liked McCain; however, when it comes down to the issues of choice, education, health, guns, gay rights, minorities (should I say majorities?), religious freedom, etc., I'd have a hard time voting for the GOP platform. I think the lines are more clearly drawn now than ever before in my lifetime, but then again, I'm a liberal living in Utah.
I've always considered the Republicans a better bet for the economy, but that's changed; Reagan charged his boom on our collective Visa card and Clinton paid it off. I'm betting that the cash Bush is offering me for my vote will be made up and then some by continuation of prudent economic policy.
The Democrats today seem like centrists to me, and I voted Democrat right down the line. I nearly broke ranks to vote for a moderate state Republican whose policies I generally like, but he favors incarceration over treatment for nonviolent drug offenders, and that really makes me wonder what might have happened to both our presidential candidates had they been poor and caught.
Timothy Noah, Senior Writer: Gore.
I voted for Gore. I can't pretend that this resulted from much mental agonizing. I'm a Democrat, and I almost always vote for the Democrat. However, I can say that my vote for Gore was more than the usual party-line pulling of the lever. I think Gore is nearly as smart in the realm of governance as he is stupid in the realm of campaigning. The Gore who wrote Earth in the Balance and presided over seminars on the decline of metaphor in American life embarrasses me. But the Gore who headed up the "Reinventing Government" task force; who imposed some discipline on Clinton during the early, chaotic years of his administration (see Bob Woodward's The Agenda); and who dreamed up the Midgetman missile during the 1980s as an alternative to the MX, has the makings of an excellent president.
My vote for Gore must also be counted as an affirmative vote against Bush, who lacks sufficient experience for the job. It may be rash of me to write of personal impressions, since I've met Gore but have never encountered Bush face to face. From a distance, though, Bush's toxic mixture of privilege, ignorance, and resentment strikes me as far more offensive than Gore's woodenness and occasional condescension. I really can't stand Bush, even though he's supposed to be the more likable candidate. I actually do like Gore (though I've been told that, based on what I've written, he doesn't much care for me).
Josh Payton, Graphic Designer: Nader.
By voting for the guy who is guaranteed to lose, I have the right to complain for the next four years no matter who wins. In Russia you can vote for "none of the above," and if that wins they have to do the election process all over again. What do I need to sign to get that option? The optimist in me reminds me that there is always the old dependable presidents' curse, and whoever is elected in a year that ends in zero dies in office. We can only hope.
Illustration on the Slate Table of Contents by William L. Brown.