Neatnessdotcom (via Flickr)Like many Americans, I lost respect for Ralph Nader after his campaign in 2000 siphoned votes away from Al Gore and… well you know the rest. That’s why the prospect of a new Nader campaign is so unsettling. The last thing that Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton need is a force pushing the party more to the left.
But the AP is reporting that the one-time consumer advocate plans to announce on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” that he plans to throw his hat in the ring yet again. Why? Well, his web exploratory committee’s Web site, which is offering a DVD featuring Nader and singer Patty Smith for a $100 donation, offers the usual Naderite rhetoric.
Maybe we’re wrong
Maybe the Democrats and Republicans will nominate Presidential candidates this year who will stand up against the war profiteers, the nuclear industry, the credit card industry, the corporate criminals, big oil, and the drug and health insurance industries.
We doubt it.
But hope springs eternal….
But one person is ideally suited to lead this grassroots force – if he chooses to do so and runs as the citizens’ candidate for President in 2008.
And that one person is Ralph Nader.
Actually no. The world has changed quite a bit over the past eight years because of Nader’s earlier run for the White House, and mostly not for the good. Nader isn’t the agent of change in this election. He’s an impediment to it.