I think Melissa McEwan has now officially waived her right to not be called a PUMA:
When you assert that a failure to support Obama is de facto support for McCain as unqualified fact, you are engaging in the discussion as if every American lives in a swing state, the electoral college doesn’t exist, and the presidency is decided by a national popular vote total. All of which are wrong.
Very few of us are going to be casting votes that have the potential to determine the outcome of the election.
Many of us can vote for neither of the two major party candidates without helping or hurting either one. And the rest of us, who do live in swing states, can engage in strategic vote exchanges.
Your failure to acknowledge these realities makes your entire argument intellectually dishonest.
Litbrit and Sir Charles say most of what needs saying about this piece of narcissistic crap, but I’ll just add that we’ve heard this all before. Eight years ago, Nader supporters were protesting that they’d organized voter exchanges (which are, by the way, totally illegal), about how the popular vote didn’t decide things even as Nader campaigned in swing state after swing state, about how they could lodge protest votes without making an impact when they ended up flipping New Hampshire and Florida for Bush. They were making the exact same arguments that McEwan makes here, and look where it left us.
For the record, McEwan says she’s still undecided. Wow. You know, if McCain wins, and Indiana would have flipped it, I will remember this act of rank irresponsibility. As I’ve said time and again, there’s no reasonable action for a progressive to take this year other than a vote for Obama/Biden. Those, like McEwan, who pretend this isn’t the case are deluding themsleves.