The Spoiler Returns To Hand the Republicans Another Election

Ralph Nader has officially stepped up to be the “spoiler” in yet another election:

Ralph Nader announced on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he’ll run as a third-party, anti-corporate candidate for president this fall, which would be likely to drain votes from the Democratic nominee and provide a huge boon to Republicans.

Democrats say they will work behind the scenes — and use court challenges, if necessary — to try to thwart his access to ballots.

The longtime consumer activist said on “Meet the Press” that Washington has become “corporate occupied territory” and that none of the current presidential candidates are sufficiently addressing corporate crime, labor rights or Pentagon waste.

“In that context, I have decided to run for president,” he told host Tim Russert. 


I find this all to be very telling given the fact that for all intents and purposes, the agent of “change” Barack Obama, appears at this point to be the frontrunner and may, as his team insists take the nomination. I would have thought that the Obama “change movement” would have kept Nader out of this one. Apparently not. Republicans are rejoicing:

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, appearing on CNN’s “Late Edition,” said he thought Nader could pull votes away from the Democratic nominee.

“Naturally Republicans would welcome his entry into the race and hope that maybe a few more will join in,” Huckabee said.

I find myself on the verge of throwing my hands up in disgust. No… not on the verge. I have been quitely throwing my hands up in disgust over this primary season for weeks now. It’s not enough that the race between Democrats has centered around sexism and race, and a host of hypocrisy, now Nader enters into the fray to attempt to hand the general election over to the Republicans. Wake me when it’s over.

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9 Responses to The Spoiler Returns To Hand the Republicans Another Election

  1. alrudder says:

    Nader’s premise is that there is no fundamental difference between the Republicans and Democrats. (Some of the people can be fooled all of the time, maybe 1%)
    Ignore Nader.
    Let’s just make our case affirmatively and we’ll grow the electorate much more than 1%.

  2. john stone says:

    I can’t belive that Nader is going to run again. He cost Gore the 2000 Election and he certainly did not do Kerry any good in 2004.

    He doesn’t like the policies of the Republians but he does this. He is just a spoiler interested in his own craving for attention.

    Nader should be ashamed of himself, but he has no shame!

  3. pmj6 says:

    Gore and Kerry did plenty to hurt themselves, Gore by running with Lieberman (in other words, running to the right, not left), and Kerry by being plainly inept and unwilling to embrace the anti-war position. I think voters could be excused for thinking there was little difference between the two parties.

    Frankly, the events of past 8 years validated Nader’s views. Democrats were little more than Bush’s enablers, voting for AUMF and war funding year after year, doing nothing about torture, illegal wiretapping, other criminal activity. I haven’t voted for Nader in the past, but unless we get a genuinely leftist, liberal candidate, I will cast my vote for Nader this time around. I am glad he is running. Maybe his run will scare the Democrats into at last differentiating themselves from the Republicans.

  4. Let’s just make our case affirmatively and we’ll grow the electorate much more than 1%.

    Such has been nearly the only positive to come from the process to date. Many, many more people have shown interest this time around, and not a one will spill over to Nader.

  5. alrudder says:

    Darrell Prows, it’s not just the surge in Democratic voters, its a surge in trained grassroots organizers. Both candidates can take credit for running the most elaborate campaign organizations our party has ever seen.
    That will help the Democratic nominee this November, as well as develop a farm team of down ticket office holders for the long term.
    I think A LOT of good has happened to American democracy in the last two months.

  6. john stone says:

    to pmj6,

    First of all Kerry ran a good campaign , the election was stolen. If Kerry was President today we would be out of Iraq.
    Saying that there is no difference between Democratic and Republican policies and that you would even consider voting for Nader, makes wonder what you want in a President? Nader?

  7. alrudder: I greatly appreciate having that professional perspective.

    It seems to me that a sizeable dent has been put in apathy this year, but to what effect and for how long? Can the momentum continue?

  8. I, too, cannot believe that Ralph Nador is running again. Does he not realize, almost eight years later, that there was a huge difference between Gore and Bush? Perhaps the main one being that V.P. Gore is literate and “The Decider” has demonstrated time and time again that he is not. Does Nador really feel that our low image around the world would exist if Bush has been defeated? A President Gore would NOT have relyed on false intelligence to pre-emptively invade Iraq. I wonder if Nador sleeps well at night knowing that his candidacy, by draining votes off Gore votes, resulted in the needless death of 4.000 GI’s (so far) and countless Iraqi’s? Would he have the courage to face the countless number of parent’s who sacrificed son’s and daughter’s due to his run? Mr. Nador is suppose to represent the voice of middle America, but instead his repeated candidacy has negatively changed the course of American history. How sad that he still does not realize the high cost his running has caused us!!!! Buzz

  9. Nader is about Nader – not America.

    He might have thought he was about America once a long time ago, but clearly he doesn’t really care about America now.