As a WASP who votes ideology rather than a straight party ticket, I submit that I--and 7 million or 8 million others across the country--have been repeatedly disenfranchised in this election year.
A Jackson supporter, I studied the media as all the headlines read, "What Does Jesse Want?" Following a number of big wins, that chorus immediately turned to "He Can't Be Elected." By the time the California primary rolled around, many of my acquaintances had turned to Dukakis because, after all, they didn't want to waste a vote on an unelectable candidate.
When the primaries were over, Dukakis couldn't be bothered to talk seriously with Jackson about the platform (until one day before the convention opens), and couldn't even stall the press long enough to tell Jackson of his choice for running mate. To this voter, his arrogance is appalling.
Now, we have Sen. Lloyd Bentsen as the vice presidential nominee. Here is a man whose views are in diametric opposition to those of Dukakis--but he's an old political Texan who can "carry the South." Pardon me, but are we back in Chicago with old-time party politics, once again?
Having never missed a chance to vote, I will do so again in November. This time, however, I have been given no viable choices and will, therefore, carry a pen with me and write in my nomination for President.