NYT op-ed columnist Bob Herbert has an excellent piece about Raph Nader and his recent announcement about running for president. One of the key points he makes is:
When asked about the possibility of being a spoiler, of tilting the election to John McCain, Mr. Nader replied: “Not a chance. If the Democrats can’t landslide the Republicans this year, they ought to just wrap up, close down, emerge in a different form.”After that far too accurate summation, Herbert goes on (quite rightly) to list the many wonderful things we have Nader's dilligent efforts in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, to thank for. I grew up greatly admiring Ralph Nader, I admired him in the 80s and 90s, and even admired his 2000 run for President. However, after 8 years of one of the worst administrations I could ever have imagined, he's just another old white man taking money from the Republicans to fuel his vanity. I'm annoyed with him, but more than that, I'm profoundly disappointed in him.
That’s the bull-headed Ralph Nader, the one who is willfully blind to political realities and the potential consequences of his actions — the one who sends chills through men and women who have admired him for many decades and will forever be grateful for the progressive changes he brought to American society.