The ego-maniac is running for president - yet again. In 2000 he told us there was no difference between George W. Bush and Al Gore. I think we - and the whole world - now know this is not true. After such a blunder, one would think Nader would disappear in shame forever.
However, he is back - the delusional savior - who must fall in love each time he looks in the mirror. Author David Mixner wrote a good commentary on Nader today and calls him McCain's "running mate."
Nader has gone from a beloved figure to one who is loathed. While he has a right to run - he has a responsibility not to screw up America - one which he has abdicated. It is time he rides off into the sunset and abandon his campaign to ruin this nation. His ego-trip is as self-aggrandizing as it is self-destructive to his shrinking legacy.
At the very least, Nader should be required to run honestly
Thankfully, this pinko-socialist hasn't a snowball's chance in hell of winning any election, and I don't think his running will even influence what most people now know is a distinct choice between Senator Obama, a true gentleman, and that lying, corrupt warmonger (but true hero!), Senator John McCain.
It truly boggles my bloody mind that after 7 years of war, the American people could even THINK of making this a close election. I saw the polls the other day. 44% McCain, 42% Obama??? Yes, the campaign has barely begun, but Americans truly need to wake up once and for all.
McCain says "we don't want to lose" in Iraq. Oh please. We now have a barbarian named Al-Sadr who, like Saddam Hussein, has his own following and army. We are soon going to wake up and realize that he has taken power and that the "nation" of Iraq is exactly in the same situation it was in 2001; only the physical face of the barbaric dictator in question has changed. There's truly nothing more frightening than an uneducated polulace.
posted by Chris L., at
2/28/2008 1:12 PM
Chris, I've always thought the general american public had an IQ of dull-normal, or slightly below. The fact that Bush got a second term (let alone the first one), is proof of that. As for nader, he's truly reached his nadir! I lost respect for him the first time he fucked up the chances of the Democrats to win, even though he knew he had no chance of ever winning. I also have no respect left for Hillary, after her childish, bitchy queen histrionics of the past several weeks. Red V
posted by Anonymous, at
2/28/2008 2:59 PM
ANON, I was a Hillary supporter until about two months ago, and switched on the NY Primary Day. I woke up and switched from Hillary to Obama while I was still taking my shower. :) By the time my feet hit the sidewalk and I was walking to the polling place, I was back to Hillary. But then something amazing happened. When I got outside the polling place, still where they could hand out literature, some man went to hand me a Hillary flier. Without thinking, my hand recoiled in disgust and I turned away. It was at that moment that I knew who I was voting for.
Do you believe the behavior of Hill and her husband? All they did was reveal themselves to be as sleazy as they were in the 90s. I am still amazed at her bizarre antics during this campaign. "35 years of experience"? "The nominee WILL be me"? And who can forget Bill's "well they voted for Jesse Jackson too." (In other words, "You know, its just the blacks so it's not real.")
Boy, when Hillary was placed next to Barack, she was totally outclassed. The frustrated, but knowing, look on her face during the debate a couple of nights ago was precious; she knew that there was simply nothing she could pull out of her ambitious arsenal to stop this gentile man, a man of class and dignity. And mark my words, he is going to TROUNCE her in Texas on March 4!
posted by Chris L., at
2/28/2008 3:41 PM
Exactly, and this BS going around the internet that Obama is a radical muslim was probably fueled by the Hillary machine. The Repubs are being blamed (and it's certainly worthy of them!), but the GOP desperately wants Hillary to be the nominee, as they know she'll be much easier to beat than Barak. They're even telling their base (in states where you can cross party lines in the primary) to vote for Hillary to help derail the Obama express. They know McLanicane is going to be the GOP nominee, so why waste a vote on him. Red V
posted by Anonymous, at
2/28/2008 7:25 PM
I'm not enamored of either of the two democratic contenders. My original choice would have been Edwards. This November, I'm going to find it extremely difficult to vote for either Obama or Clinton. I have this strange feeling that if Obama is nominated, McCain will win the election. The GOP machine with the undercover help of Rove will probably bring up the race card with an emphasis on Obama's middle name, Hussein, as a wedge issue.
posted by Robert, NYC., at
2/29/2008 8:06 AM
The turnout in the Democratic primaries was generally more enthusiastic than in the Republican primaries. The polls might say that both candidates are at 44% or whatever on points, but if 90% of our 44% runs to the polls and, say, only 70% of THEIR 44% does, then it isn't really 44-44, it's more like 40-31, a nine-point lead for us, with the remaining 29% being independents. McCain would MUCH rather run against Mrs. Nixon, because she simply doesn't get those independents. Obama does. I see a massive landslide in our favor, in fact EXACTLY like Reagan's in 1980.
On another note, George W. Bush and his brother "Jeb", acting in his role as Governor of the State of Florida, conspired to commit fraud against the United States Electoral System. They should both be in prison, but that isn't going to happen. (Maybe George W. should have cheated on his wife; then people would REALLY be moved to outrage!) I might be naive, but I simply cannot believe that all the deep frustration over the past 7 years isn't going to create a huge tidal wave of support for Senator Obama in this election.
posted by Chris L., at
2/29/2008 9:24 AM
Look, in 2000, the fix was already in in the state of Florida. Nader didn't matter. But putting that aside, let's skip to 2004. Bush's position on Iraq was to stay the course. Kerry's position- in case anyone forgot- was that there weren't enough troops, and to immediately escalate. So tell me, what could I have done except vote for Nader? Any suggestions?
posted by Chad Williams, at
3/01/2008 7:23 PM
I admit I have no real proof of this, but I always Ralph had something to do with the demise of the Checker Cab and I have not liked him since around 1977.
posted by Tim Morris, at
3/03/2008 10:39 AM
The problem is not with Nader, It is with those who vote for him. He is just one of may third party candidates, ie Libertarian, Socialist, Workers party, Constitution Party. In Florida, any number of leftist third parties took enough votes from Gore to sway the result.
posted by Anonymous, at
3/03/2008 12:33 PM
The ham-fisted reaction of Democrats to Nader, the Greens and other political groups to the left of the right-centrist Democrats are a signal that the radicalization of American politics is about to erupt in a way that will fragment them and the Republicans. The steep rise in the polarization and radicalization of American politics is already tearing up the Republicans. The Democrats turn will come after the election. The splintering and breakup of both parties is, at this point, a given. Their politics are far to the right of their constituents. They cannot provide the answers we need to key questions like the economic nosedive, the war and endemic bigotry.
The Democrats, like the Republicans are bitterly opposed to samesex marriage. They enacted gay bashing laws like DADT and DOMA by huge bipartisan majorities. Neither Party will lift a hand to remove the tax exempt status of bigot preachers like Robertson, Dodson or Swaggart, who calls for the murder of gay men. On the contrary the major candidates of both parties, including Clinton and Obama openly pander to gaybashing bigots. They want their votes and that’s why they killed ENDA and tossed it and the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes act into the toilet. They want to make sure that the Republicans can’t use DOMA, DADT, ENDA and the hate crimes act as wedge issues so they got rid of them.
The Democrats, like the Republicans are prowar and support anti-constitutional laws like the Paytriot act. Both Parties support union busting measures like NAFTA, tax cuts for the rich, welfare cuts for the poor and the export of jobs that have set in motion economic and environmental disasters. After devastating the economies of Mexico and Central America Democrats and Republicans now turn a cold shoulder to fleeing immigrant and imported workers. Their bipartisan deregulation laws have unleashed corporate tigers who feed on the American public.
The days of the lesser evil are numbered because as Gore Vidal says "...there is only one party in the United States, the Property Party...and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt - until recently... and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties."
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