The concept of "electable" candidates is a ploy of the conglomerated corporate media pundits used to dissuade voters from looking at the substance of where candidates stand on issues truly important to the vast majority of Americans — the middle- and working-classes.
"Coverage" is limited to those candidates who are acceptable to the military-industrial complex — the same candidates whose campaign coffers swell with the corporate dollars needed to buy expensive but meaningless 30-second spot ads on TV. The pundits will talk about money. They will talk about polls. When they do that, they don't have to talk about what is important.
It is time for Americans to stop being passive consumers who limit their choice to the packaged commodities — aka "leading candidates." Instead, each of us needs to assume the responsibility of active citizenship. Go to the Web sites of each candidate. Compare what they say— or don't say — about issues that truly matter. (Try Kucinich.us). Only when each of us votes on the basis of substance will we achieve the democracy envisioned by this nation's founders.
— Ernest A. Canning, Thousand Oaks