In a recent post quoted by Reader Supported News, Daniel Ellsberg, that noted conservative, urged progressives to vote against Romney, not for Obama, to forestall disaster, and not to vote for an alternative candidate with no chance, implying, reasonably, that such votes will help elect Romney. Many of the comments to that post and many others to the same effect, rail against the Obama administration for its actions opposed by progressives and criticize Ellsberg for his stating of the obvious. Purity of principle above all, I guess.
Santayana famously observed that those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. Nader in Florida for example?
Didn't those same progressives like to call themselves the reality based community? The stupidity of those, typically in the red states, who bite off their noses to spite their faces is often proclaimed by the Thomas Franks of the world who try to explain how the ignorant get duped into that action. The progressives in question are, typically, not ignorant, just foolish. They have in common with their "country bumpkin" fellow citizens a denial of reality as they stamp their feet in rage at the unfairness of the world and a determination to show those so and so's.
Sometimes one has to suck it up and play defense. That's how the game has to be played when the cards dealt aren't a lay down. The mid-term results in 2010 are more recent than Bush v. Gore. Maybe they can remember how that turned out.