But if I thought it would make a difference, I might consider contributing to her campaign.
Irrational? If you’re a progressive who lives in Arizona, I submit it’s not.
There is too much at stake, the logic goes, for a Sanders supporter not to vote for Clinton if she ultimately wins the nomination. Most often, the three potential Supreme Court appointments are the example used to support this.
On the (very thin) surface, that logic has its appeal. The problem? This is Arizona. We don’t live in a swing state, at least not yet. It would be impossible for anyone’s vote here to make a difference in the ultimate outcome. If Clinton actually had a chance of winning here, the only situation where a progressive’s vote might count, she already would be winning an electoral college landslide. Conversely, if the national outcome were up for grabs, Arizona already would be a lost cause.
So, if you’re an Arizona progressive and ultimately want to send a message with your vote if Clinton is the nominee, you should not be cowed into doing otherwise.And consider how powerful that message might be if all Arizona progressives did so and, for instance, Jill Stein, the Green candidate, won 15% of the vote.
If you feel the need to assuage your irrational guilt, send Clinton some money. That at least theoretically would be more meaningful in making sure those Supreme Court appointments don’t get into the wrong hands.