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Martin Dyckman: Now is no time for exalted idealism

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Your vote is a terrible thing to waste. That lesson was demonstrated 16 years ago, when his contested margin of 537 votes in Florida made George W. Bush president of the United States. From that came the invasion of Iraq and the present turmoil and bloodshed in the Middle East, the Supreme Court nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito and much else that Al Gore would not likely have done. It could be said, though that those 537 votes…

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Today on Context Florida: Ralph Nader, Donald Trump, Salt Shaker Test, Bernie Sanders and budget turkeys

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Today on Context Florida: Some blamed hanging chad, others confusing ballots, but Peter Schorsch says the man many Democrats blame for Al Gore’s 537-vote defeat in Florida is Ralph Nader. Never mind those butterfly ballots that may have led to thousands of inadvertent votes for Pat Buchanan in Palm Beach County, nor the exit polls that showed more of his supporters would flock to George W. Bush than Gore. Bush’s 2000 victory was Nader’s fault. Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s acerbic speaking style on the campaign trail rankles…

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How Bernie Sanders could be the Ralph Nader ‘spoiler’ of 2016

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Some blamed hanging chads, others confusing ballots, but the man many Democrats blame for Al Gore’s 537-vote defeat in Florida is Ralph Nader. The consumer advocate and Green Party nominee, as many Gore supporters tell it, snapped 97,488 votes out of the hands of the former vice president. Never mind those butterfly ballots that may have led to thousands of inadvertent votes for Pat Buchanan in Palm Beach County, nor the exit polls that showed more of his supporters would…

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Martin Dyckman: Is Ted Cruz eligible to be president? The question needs to be resolved

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Had a modern Rip Van Winkle, who happened to be a Republican, fallen asleep 20 years ago, he might think that he had awakened now in hell. His choice in the 1996 party primaries for president would have been among a 10-person field including Bob Dole, the senator and eventual nominee; Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, Gov. Pete Wilson of California, and former Gov. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, all of them firmly mainstream. There were rivals to the right, but…

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Donald Trump leading Marco Rubio in Suffolk University New Hampshire poll

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Winning New Hampshire doesn’t determine anything when it comes to winning the Republican presidential nomination. If that were the case, Pat Buchanan would have been the nominee in 1996, and John McCain the party’s standard bearer in 2000. But they weren’t. Both Bob Dole and George W. Bush rallied from their stunning early losses to capture the nomination for president. But having said that, Marco Rubio can’t be too pleased to see that a new Suffolk University Poll released on…

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Speaking of “Ick”

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Mike Huckabee, destined to be the Campaign 2012 version of a folksy Pat Buchanan, is against gay marriage because of what he calls the “ick factor.” “I do believe that God created male and female and intended for marriage to be the relationship of the two opposite sexes,” Huckabee said in a recent New Yorker profile. “Male and female are biologically compatible to have a relationship. We can get into the ick factor, but the fact is two men in a…

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Speaking of ‘Ick’

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Mike Huckabee, destined to be the Campaign 2012 version of a folksy Pat Buchanan, is against gay marriage because of what he calls the “ick factor.” “I do believe that God created male and female and intended for marriage to be the relationship of the two opposite sexes,” Huckabee said in a recent New Yorker profile. “Male and female are biologically compatible to have a relationship. We can get into the ick factor, but the fact is two men in a…

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