How Slatesters Voted
David Plotz, Washington Bureau Chief: Gore.
Four reasons Al got my vote:
1) The prospect of Gore negotiating with the Russians or Chinese is reassuring. The prospect of Bush doing it: terrifying.
2) The Clinton-Gore administration has made America more prosperous, more secure, and more tolerant than it's ever been. Gore has the good sense to continue these policies.
3) A point of personal prejudice. The Bush camp impugns Gore's trustworthiness and decency. But anyone who raises a child as smart, modest, and good-hearted as Karenna Gore Schiff has more than enough character to be president.
Moira Redmond, Fray Editor.
No vote: I'm not a U.S. citizen. If I had a vote, I would vote for Gore because there's no other choice as I have political beliefs that would be viewed as mildly socialist in Europe and hard-line Communist in the United States. (There goes my green card.)
Oswaldo Ribas, Program Manager.
I'm not a U.S. citizen—but if I could, I'd vote for the Green Party, although the Nader Trader business sounds tempting.
I'd like to see the Greens get the 5 percent of the vote that they need to qualify for federal campaign funds and allow them to bootstrap a real alternative to the two traditional parties—even if this means putting up with another half-wit as president for the next four years. As for the argument that Nader is a spoiler: I don't think he owes explanations to the Democrats. There really is no alternative if you want something done about the reduction of defense spending and corporate welfare, curbing the war on drugs, eliminating the death penalty, gun control, energy alternatives to oil, global warming, debt reduction for the Third World, imposing environmental and work-safety regulations on companies that want to export sweatshops to the Third World, and a deluge of issues that are of concern to younger Americans. The two old parties cater only to white octogenarians whose way of seeing the world was shaped during the Cold War. Small wonder, then, that the only issues covered during this campaign should be Social Security, strengthening of defense, tax credits, Hollywood morals, and whether one smirk is more powerful that the ability to say "no" to an intern.
Illustration on the Slate Table of Contents by William L. Brown.