NADER INSIDE OUTSIDE
In her April 30 "Subject to Debate" column, Katha Pollitt wrote, Ralph "Nader's assistant called me recently to say that he had been misquoted last summer in Outside, which had him hoping for a Bush win." Outside regrets that we were not given the opportunity to respond, since this assertion is wholly untrue. In an interview with Outside deputy editor Jay Heinrichs that ran in the August 2000 issue, Heinrichs asked Nader if someone put a gun to his head and told him to vote for either Gore or Bush, which he would choose. Nader replied, without hesitation, "Bush." Nader went on to explain, "If you want the parties to diverge from one another, have Bush win." Indeed, in a portion of Nader's reply that Outside did not publish, he said he favored a Bush win "because that would shake up the Democratic Party and make it revalue its future." Nader's words were reported accurately, and neither Nader nor his campaign contacted Outside to complain about the quotation after it was published.
DAMNED IF YOU DO…
Santa Maria, Calif.
Right string, wrong yo-yo, Eric [Alterman, "Tweedledee, Indeed," April 9]. It's Through the Looking-Glass, all right, but that's because the Democrats are the conservative party, we have no liberal party, and the only thing that motivates the GOP is greed.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Why does Eric Alterman persist in bashing Nader for the "loss" in Florida? It is clear that Gore won nationally and in Florida! It is the Repuglicans, who stole the election, who should be the target of his ire. This blame game only distracts us from the real goal–making sure the Repugs are removed from their majority status in both houses.
Call off your Nader-hating pit bull, Eric Alterman, and his Nader-baiting puppy, Calvin Trillin. According to those two, every evil act emanating from Washington is Ralph's fault. They don't bark or even whimper at the spineless corruption of the Democratic Party and the gutless silence of Al Gore in the face of crimes committed by the shadow puppet occupying the White House. It's much easier to blame Nader than to condemn the hollow Democratic representatives and senators who are the real collaborators in crimes against the people.
MARVIN A. GLUCK
Rocky Hill, Conn.