"I have decided to run for president," said Nader.
Nader told NBC's Meet the Press that he is entering the race because neither one of the major political parties is acting in the best interest of the American people.
This is his third run for the presidency. In 2000, Nader - as the candidate of the Green Party - won just less than three percent of the national vote. Many Democrats still blame him for Al Gore's loss that year, saying he siphoned off just enough liberal votes to cost Gore a very close election.
Nader said he will not be deterred.
I can't believe that Nader, in the face of knowing what his candidacy can do to a Democratic Party candidate, has stepped in this way. He is a thoughtless, insensitive brute who just wants to upset the applecart. What is it? Does he hate liberals, does he hate Democrats?
What the hell does he think his candidacy will accomplish? He is a spoiler, that's all he is. I can only hope that James Fallows in Atlantic.com is right:
That he stayed in the race in 2000 was tragedy. (See: Invasion of Iraq, 2003, and subsequent occupation.) That he came back in 2004 was unfortunate; his entry in 2008 is farce. Farce because it suggests detachment from political reality (the differences between the Republican and Democratic nominees are so faint that we can say, What the hell!) and, worse, narcissism. The fact that it won't make any difference in the outcome actually is sad.
I can only hope it won't effect the outcome. But how do we know that? Let's look closely now. Who are the rich Republicans that have reached down into deep pockets and handed over oodles of cash to have him come into the race?
Let me quote the Atlantic Monthly who named Nader # 96 of the Top 100 most influential figures in American History:
"He made the cars we drive safer; thirty years later, he made George W. Bush the president."On September 15, 2007 Nader spoke at the anti-Iraq war protest in Washington D.C. where he chastised "spineless, gutless" Democrats in Congress for failing to boot [impeach] Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney from office. So what is he doing?
Is he going to put John McCain in office, a man who says the Iraq War will continue for a hundred years, just to show those Democrats how "spineless" and "gutless" they really are? It's just the dumbest move Nader has made to date. I'm spittin' mad!!
My nephew has been bugging me to watch the Ralph Nader documentary "An Unreasonable Man." So I went to the web site for the film and here's a quote from that site that hit me right in the eye:
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."So you know what I think? Ralph Nader IS an unreasonable man and, although I haven't seen the documentary, I think the unreasonable man who tries to adapt the world to himself is a narcissist and a madman.
-George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903)
"Maxims for Revolutionists"