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February 23, 2004

Ralph's nadir

The only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about. Ralph Nader is living proof.

After 40 years as part of the national conversation--from inventing the consumer movement to Green Party candidate for the White House--Nader has been a source of piquant chatter. On the cusp of his 70th birthday, his phone is not ringing.

His weekend announcement changed all that.

Nader should enjoy the initial fuss, but not expect a repeat of the 2000 presidential campaign. Legions of his supporters learned a hard lesson that translates into a belated but steely pragmatism. Nader will not attract even half the votes he received four years ago.

Democrats will lose fewer votes to Nader than the Republican Party will lose to the Democratic candidate, presumably John Kerry. For all of the muffled glee among the GOP about Nader's candidacy, the party has bigger problems at home.

Nader returns to the national stage on a unicycle with a ukulele and clown nose. He is better, much better, than his apparent campaign slogan: Hey, look at me.

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Posted by Lance Dickie at February 23, 2004 11:31 AM



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