Ralph Nader: he's baaaaack
Ralph Nader is running for president again.
Says Obama: "I think anybody has the right to run for president if they file sufficient papers. And I think the job of the Democratic Party is to be so compelling that a few percentage of the vote going to another candidate is not going to make any difference."
He also says, in response to Nader's criticism that Obama lacks substance: "My sense is that Mr. Nader is somebody who, if you don't listen and adopt all of his policies, thinks you're not substantive. He seems to have a pretty high opinion of his own work." Obama added that, "historically," Nader is a "singular" and "heroic figure" for his consumer advocacy, but "I do think there is a sense now that if somebody is not hewing to the Ralph Nader agenda, then you must be lacking in some way."
P.S. If Nader's percentage of the vote keeps declining at the rate it did between 2000 (2.73%) and 2004 (0.38%), he'll get 0.05% this year. Or, if you prefer subtraction to division and multiplication, he'll get negative 1.97%. :)