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Monday, February 25, 2008

Nadermania

I stayed up late last night to watch the rebroadcast of Meet the Press. Yep, I had some perverse desire to see the train wreck that was the opening of the 2008 presidential campaign of Ralph Nader. Unfortunately, I sort of drifted in and out of Tim Russert’s interview and missed some of what was said. I really shouldn’t stretch out on a sofa if I expect to stay awake.

I do remember having a few insights and clever thoughts about what I had heard Ralph Nader say. I can’t recall any of them at the moment except I do remember, and this is the scary part, I agreed with much of what Mr. Nader said. Nader more or less admitted that he doesn’t have much hope of winning the presidency when he cracked that if the Democrats can’t “landslide the Republicans” they ought to wrap-up and close down.

As for being the spoiler in the 2000 Presidential Election, Ralph Nader unequivocally denies having done so in Florida. He stated that the vote margin between Bush and Gore was less than the votes received by OTHER third party candidates on the Florida ballot. Democrats should also blame Harry Browne (18,856 votes for the Libertarian Party), Patrick Buchanan (17,356 for the Reform Party), Howard Phillips (4,280 votes for the Official Constitution Party), and John Hagelin (2,287 votes for the Natural Law Party). Why, not?

Yes, it may seem flaky that Ralph Nader is running for president again. I’ve blasted him in the past and my opinion of him hasn’t changed much even though I agreed with what he said on Meet the Press. Maybe he has something important to add to the discourse during the 2008 election.

And then, again, maybe not.

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