Saturday, July 03, 2004

RAISING ARIZONA Ralph Nader is off the Arizona presidential ballot. Why is it a big deal?

It's hard to imagine a scenario in which Bush loses Arizona but wins the election. And while Kerry remains the underdog in the hotly contested state, with Nader off the ballot, the race clearly becomes at least a bit more competitve.

So even if Kerry doesn't come away with the state's ten electoral votes, Nader's absence forces the Bushies to spend that much more time and money on Arizona.

Which means they'll have less time and money to spend on their other must-win states: Florida, Ohio, West Virgina, Nevada, etc.

CONTRAPOSITIVE is edited by Dan Aibel. Dan's a playwright. He lives in New York City.