Friday, February 01, 2008
Run, Ralph, Run!
ABC News reports Nader is considering a presidential run:
Ralph Nader has formed a presidential exploratory committee, and said in an interview Wednesday that he will launch another presidential bid if he's convinced he can raise enough money to appear on the vast majority of state ballots this fall.
Nader, who ran as an independent candidate in each of the past three presidential elections, told ABCNews.com that he will run in 2008 if he is convinced over the next month that he would be able to raise $10 million over the course of the campaign — and attract enough lawyers willing to work free of charge to get his name on state ballots.
"When Kucinich threw in the towel, now you have Edwards gone — who's going to carry the torch of democratic populism against the relentless domination of powerful corporations of our government?" Nader said.
He has harsh words for the leading Democratic candidates, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama, chastising them for failing to advance aggressive plans to tax corporations more fairly, and to fight for a vastly higher minimum wage.
Obama, he said, is a particular disappointment, since his background suggests that he knows the importance of progressive issues yet hasn't fought for them in the Senate.
"His record in the Senate is pretty mediocre," Nader said. "His most distinctive characteristic is the extent to which he censors himself. He hasn't performed as a really progressive first-term senator would."
Nader also rejects the "spoiler" label many Democrats have applied to him since 2000, when his candidacy was blamed in some circles for helping defeat Democratic candidate Al Gore.
"That is the sign of political bigotry," he said. "Why aren't the major candidates spoilers? They represent parties that spoil our electoral system and our government."
If Nader gets in the race - and by all means I encourage him and support that he does - we'll find out who are the REAL Progressives and who are the phony Progressive posers.
I won't vote for Nader - wait, strike that - maybe I will if John McCain becomes the Republican Party presidential candidate.
If McCain scores the party win, I've said I won't vote for him and I'll throw my vote away. Maybe I'll vote for Ralph for no other reason than I'm going to throw it away anyway.
Nader is spot on calling those who label him a "spoiler" are nothing but political bigots. We all know that a REAL Progressive cannot possibly be a bigot of any kind, right?
Run, Ralph Run! Run! Run! Run!
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You are to be commended for working for any political campaign, it is hard and sometimes thankless work. Good for you!
I have nothing against Nader personally, but I disagree with much of his political views. I disagree with much of the Republican views too - and I really disagree with the Dems.
I'm a Independent Conservative and a "Small L" libertarian who leans right of center on fiscal issues. I believe in a strong military. I also believe in the legalization and regulation of most drugs that are illegal. The war on drugs is stupid and a waste of money.
I disagree with the hardcore Progressives and Liberals who will say and do anything simply to get a Lib elected.
I like the same standard applied evenly to everyone - the Left does not do this, they will excuse "their own" but harass someone else for something committed by one of "their own." None of this is good for the people. It ends up being a cycle of hate, and we see this cycle of hate coming from Media Matters, Air America radio, DU, KoS, the marjority of the press and from the Liberal politicians themselves.
I don't know what the answer is - but the current political system - (current being defined as the past 50 years) - has to be changed for the better.
Thanks for commenting. Stay in touch.
Nader - "bought out by the republican machine." Please substantiate your allegation.
Oh, you won't. You won't comment here again because you have no facts to support what you wrote.
I'd like to debate your comemnt with you, but you won't follow-up on this. You're too full of anger and hate.
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