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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%. :)

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This election will be a new low point for Nadir.

Please refer to him by his full name: Fucking Ralph Nader.

ps. Just to be clear, the "Fucking" in Fucking Ralph Nader's full name is pronounced with a contemptuous snarl, and not with enthusiasm as in "fucking cool!"

Haha. Nice distinction.

Mr. Nader's time has come and gone many times over. I remember when he spoke to a bunch of students at Clarkson many years ago - it had to be because he was young and so was I. The room was full that people sat on the window sills. He was impressive, and in a way he still is at 74. However, this election there will be a lot of disgruntled voters who may not get the nominee of their choice. It would make some kind of perfect political storm if they voted for him and didn't support the Democratic nominee. He would be a place to dump your vote. Not happy about this and I saw Tim Russert's interview this a.m. in which TR exresses incredulity and seems to try to change his mind with all the facts and figures he would muster. Couldn't Ralph go sun on a beach somewhere and take John and Cindy with him? With all that is happening on that side of the aisle, I wonder if Romney has any regrets about dropping out.

Lenore

Ralph Nader has never been a Ross Perot, and I think Pat Buchanan was at least as detrimental to the Republicans as Nader was to the Republicans (although Buchanan ended up hurting the Dems where it really counted in Florida, as well, because of those butterfly ballots). The GOP has always had Libertarian and American Independent candidates ciphering away a couple percentage points, but you don't hear the media and GOP activists snarling with moral outrage, "How DARE they run and steal our voters!"

Could the Democrats grow up a little bit and, as Nader himself states, have some "moral courage"? If they did, they wouldn't resort to pointing the finger for their own inadequacies.

Nader had nothing to do with Gore's defeat, as he will have nothing to do with this year's outcome. Obama is confident and gracious enough to not point the finger. Perhaps he'll also be smart enough to take some of the progressive platforms that Nader puts forth.

The chances I vote Obama are miniscule, unless he remotely impresses me on any issue of merit.

Where no "main stream" candidate has the guts to advocate single-payer health care (which is intrinsically about 30% less costly than corrupt-insurers-intertwined-with-corrupt-goverment that we have now) then of course Nader should run. This is THE issue in this election, tied as it is to the country's economic health. The major candidates' consensus on "keeping corrupt insurance companies in the mix," furthered by the disquieting sell-out of AARP (which became an insurance company) a few years back, is the "wedge which keeps the stone in front of the door" which closes off serious policy debate. More power to Nader, so long as this profoundly unhealthy consensus prevails!

Not only that, but Nader advocates ending the drug war. A position Obama used to be closer to the right side of the fence on.

All in all, I believe Obama is a better candidate, and his response to the fact that Nader is running is indicative of why he is such a great candidate. He gets it.

Ralph Nader - Unsafe At Any Speed.

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