Robert Stein 1924-2014

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

The Spoiler-in-Chief Speaks Out

John Edwards' Ralph Nader impersonation has paid off, at least with the original himself who has converted his Hillary hatred into embracing the multi-millionaire negligence lawyer with hedge-fund backing who has spent the last month in Iowa reincarnating himself as the angry fighter against corporate interests.

After ritual bashing of Sen. Clinton as a candidate whose experience consists of "going soft on cracking down on corporate crime, fraud, and abuse," Nader has given Edwards a ringing endorsement by allowing that he saw a "glimmer of hope" in his new best friend.

Those who recall how Nader handed the presidency to George W. Bush in 2000 will be grateful that he has chosen a surrogate this time to subvert Democrats' chances for winning the White House rather than doing the job himself.

As an undistinguished one-term senator who voted to go to war in Iraq, Edwards is almost as innocent of actual political experience as his new backer, but he has learned well how to strike poses and euchre idealistic voters into throwing away their chances to pick a president. Nader has passed the torch to a worthy Spoiler-in-Chief.

2 comments:

GiromiDe said...

I'll just say it. He's an attractive white man. Nuff said.

jfreeland said...

"Those who recall how Nader handed the presidency to George W. Bush in 2000..."

Sorry, I don't buy it. The Supreme Court handed the presidency to Bush. The flawed assumption the Nader-haters make is that those who voted for Nader would have voted for Gore, had Nader not run.

After all he's done for consumers, the Democratic machine wouldn't give Ralph the time of day. They refused to work with him. A better post-2000 take home message for Democrats would be not to cut off the progressive "green" wing of the party.

Running again in 2004, Nader's vote totals were much lower than in 2000. On their knees, Michael Moore and Bill Maher must have convinced a lot of progressives not to vote for Ralph.

And Kerry still lost.