Sunday, February 24, 2008
Unsafe In Any Election
Ralph Nader on Sunday announced a fresh bid for the White House, criticizing the top contenders as too close to big business and dismissing the possibility that his third-party candidacy could tip the election to Republicans.
The longtime consumer advocate is still loathed by many Democrats who accuse him of costing Al Gore the 2000 election.
Nader said most people are disenchanted with the Democratic and Republican parties due to a prolonged Iraq war and a shaky economy. He also blamed tax and other corporate-friendly policies under the Bush administration that he said have left many lower- and middle-class people in debt.
"If the Democrats can't landslide the Republicans this year, they ought to just wrap up," Nader added.
Gee, Ralph, ya think? It's so great you're doing whatever you can to help them win a landslide, you ego-maniacal fucknozzle.
While I'm an Indy, hate parties and think that progressive Dems should split off and form their own party ala what happened in Vermont, I don't actually blame Green voters for the morass we're in. I do blame Ralph and his lack of strategic vision, however. I also wish other Greens, like Cynthia McKinney, would focus less on the Executive and more on building an effective foundation at the state and local level, and maybe in Congress--imagine Cynthia winning back her old seat as the first Green in DC.
I, too, have suggested that the Dems don't respond to the will of their base, let alone the American people at large, and I've even contemplated boycotting a future mid-term election to drive the point home (for which I have been excoriated). And as much as I think the Presidency needs to actually be downgraded in importance and power, with Congress reasserting itself, I don't think 2008 is the right time to be throwing the old Green trope of "not a dime's worth of difference" around. This year is too important, and everybody should be doing all they can to destroy GOP dominance as the first tactical step in a larger electoral picture.
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Posted by: d. | Feb 24, 2008 9:02:21 PM
What I hate is all the attention our clueless media is going to devote to his non-candidacy. I mean really, who thinks Mr. Less-than-1/2-a-percent is gonna be a factor? Puh-leeze.
Posted by: Southern Beale | Feb 24, 2008 9:07:38 PM
Ralph is kind of a turn-off.
How 'bout we just ignore him until he goes away?
Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© | Feb 24, 2008 9:07:45 PM
Why does he even bother? He's ran before to no avail, why would anyone even vote for him?
Posted by: Business Marketing | Feb 24, 2008 9:37:16 PM
I really don't disagree much with Nader's policy positions.
But with the man personally, and his overwhelming need to be a knight in shining armor while screwing every fucking woman in the village, and whipping their men to ceaseless labor on behalf of his self-rigthous cause, well, count me out.
The asshole has busted unions. Of his own workers. He's capitalist scum when the rubber meets the road, which I find behond reprehensible.
Posted by: Apprentice to Darth Holden | Feb 24, 2008 9:55:33 PM