Ralph Nader – The modern Harold Stassen?

You go from Iraq to Palestine/Israel, from Enron to Wall Street, from Katrina to the bungling of the Bush administration, to the complicity of the Democrats in not stopping him on the war, stopping him on the tax cuts, getting a decent energy bill through – and you have to ask yourself, as a citizen, should we elaborate the issues that the two (parties) are not talking about?

— Ralph Nader announcing his 5th run for the presidency

Ralph you miserable wretch! You…accusing the Democrats for not stopping the war is like an arsonist accusing the firemen of not doing their jobs because the building he set on fire burned to the ground.

— Kvatch

The following is a reprint from Blognonymous that I wrote when Nader announced that he might run early last year.

Dear Ralph Nader,

Well…there certainly isn’t much left for anyone to say about you and your monumental ego. Though I suppose I should give credit where credit is due: Few people reach the end of their lives with such deep and abiding hatred of their fellow man. I mean how many of us can really say that they have had the opportunity, and in your case the will, to contribute in a substantial way to the utter destruction of their nation? It’s as if 30 years of consumer advocacy have turned you into the ultimate consumer assailant.

Ralph NaderYou see, you whine and cry about how there is no real difference between the parties, but you know that’s not true. If it were true then there would have been no point to your playing the spoiler in 2000, no point to helping George W. Bush into power. The sad fact is that things would have been different with 8 years of a Gore administration. Oh, the excesses of corporate America would have barreled along unchecked, but Gore would have handled 9/11 very differently–no $500B dollars down the tubes. Gore would have used the presidency as a “bully pulpit” to agitate for a proper response to global climate change, and the public might just have gotten on board. But you can’t see that. All you can see is a one way trip to hell for the rest of us so you can sooth your own rage at your monumental impotence.

2008 is coming around Ralph, and you’ve only got one card left to play. Unfortunately, the fact that you’re willing to play it tells us everything we need to know about the pathetic louse you’ve become.

11 thoughts on “Ralph Nader – The modern Harold Stassen?”

  1. Fred… [sigh] indeed. We’ll just take up where we left off last February. :-)

    No argument with his presenting a choice, just with his arrogance in denying responsibility for the consequences of his actions.

  2. Ralph is a bloody worry. I never worked out his base, just that it doesn’t cut the mustard. I don’t see this as a legitimate choice in the existing dynamic, more an ego orgasm.
    I really see the US, just like here, on the edge of a magnificent socio/political surge, if I can use that word. But it is potentially the peoples revolution Nader could have launched already if he was the man.
    Under the US electoral system he doesn’t not present a choice of any kind, merely an impediment.

  3. The narcissistic ego of this attention whore really approaches being delusional. But living in his fantasyland probably beats the one the rest of us are stuck with.

  4. Doesn’t he realize that there’s a difference between having the right ideas – and being President of the United States? As much as I admire his positions and his consumer advocacy, he is completely unsuited to be President! It is a rather complex skill set (unless you’re a spoiled, brain-damaged place-holder for the corporatocracy – Barney Bush would have done better) that requires more than simply railing at the powers-that-be.

  5. But it is potentially the peoples revolution Nader could have launched already if he was the man.

    Cartledge… It’s a good point. Nader had his moment in the sun, already launched one revolution.

    John… Is it possible that Nader’s bitterness stems from the amount of attention that Gore gets?

  6. …he is completely unsuited to be President!

    Alicia… Another good point. But…is there anything that Nader *IS* suited to at this point in his career/life? When he tentatively announced his plan to run last year, he predicated it on Senator Clinton being the nominee. Makes me think all he is interested in being a spoiler…again.

    LC… I agree that Nader will command even less of the vote this time around. Sort of makes that comparison to Stassen even more appropriate. Don’t you think?

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