December 29, 2003

Painfully Honest Quote of the Day

"Listen, here's the thing about politics: It's not an expression of your moral purity and your ethics and your probity and your fond dreams of some utopian future. Progressive people constantly fail to get this......The system isn't about ideals. The country doesn't elect great leaders. It elects fucked-up people who for reasons of ego want to run the world. Then the citizenry makes them become great. "

- Tony Kushner, playwright for, among other things, Angels in America, about why it was foolish for progressives to vote for Nader in 2000, and why it would be even more foolish for them to vote for anyone other than the Democratic nominee, no matter who it is (including Lieberman) in 2004.

Needless to say, I don't completely agree with this point of view, but his statement about the nature of Presidential candidates is definitely spot on.

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