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Here we go again. Captain Ego, Ralph Nader is once again running as a third-party candidate for President. His extraordinarily long-winded answers to Tim Russert this morning on NBC's Meet the Press, defy reality. While he acknowledges the very true spectre of voter disenfranchisement in Florida in 2000, he refuses to admit any role in the defeat of Al Gore, and the ultimate victory of George W. Bush.
The truth is, without Nader, we would have been spared a first George W. Bush administration. We very likely would have been spared any George W., though by now, Jeb would surely be ready to give it a go. I used to preface any statement about Nader with accolades for him personally. I no longer feel that way. He's riding on pure ego, and counting on voters' idealism.
The truth of the matter is, Ralph Nader hasn't a ghost of a chance of winning in 2008, and he knows this. Anyone who votes for him knows this too. Yet, all will claim they are "voting their conscience," while decrying the flaws of a two-party system. Humbug. If you want more parties, work at it from a grass-roots level. Grow the third or fourth parties from dogcatcher on up. Going for the brass ring of the Presidency every four years, without having created a viable party is throwing your vote away, and voting against your own best interest.
I think the only reason that Nader has thrown his hat into the ring one more time, is that he knows it his last chance for this sort of attention. At 74 years old, he's even older than John McCain. There's no chance that in 2012 he'd be taken seriously at 78, and in 2016? Pretend for a second he could get elected in 2008. By the end of two terms, President Nader would be 82 years old! Are we trying to compete with Cuba for oldest President?
Ralph Nader Enters Presidential Race
Ralph Nader said Sunday he will run for president as a third-party candidate, criticizing the top White House contenders as too close to big business and pledging to repeat a bid that will "shift the power from the few to the many. . ."
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