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February 06, 2004

The Liberal Corvair

Ralph Nader, the man who fired the first shot in the consumer revolution 40 years ago, is talking about running for president again. He was the Green Party nominee in 2000, and lots of people believe he fuzzed the margins on enough state tallies to elect George Bush. News of Nader's interest does not so much trigger the imperative, don't, but the question, why?

He offers nothing new to the conversation. Entering the race would confirm an ego the size of Al Sharpton's. The only conceivable reason for Nader to run is a another book to promote.

Nader dealt with spoiler questions four years ago. His answer in an editorial meeting at The Seattle Times was that it did not matter. So what if the Republicans captured the White House, the president and GOP would never tamper with established values such as environmental protection and women's reproductive rights. For him the two parties were indistinguishable, nothing would change.

Ralph pretty much got that wrong.

A figure of true historical significance is flirting with being a lanky, goofball young voters need help to identify. Give it a rest, Mr. Nader.

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Posted by Lance Dickie at February 6, 2004 10:23 AM



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