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.