Ralph and Pat: A Voter's Guide

Now, I don't mean to brag. Well, of course, I really do mean to brag. After all, few Americans outside Iowa and New Hampshire have met even one presidential candidate. By contrast, I am fortunate enough to have worked closely over several years with two of them. As the race gets serious and the fringe candidates fade away, this amazing coincidence gives me a unique perspective on the question all Americans will soon have to face: Nader or Buchanan?

There are those who say this choice is unsatisfactory. They plan to stay home on Election Day or cast a protest vote...

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