Dave says Nader is a “self-aggrandizing ass who’s obsessed with running for President”. (OK, Dave says he’s probably an ass, he allows that it’s possible Nader just lives in a fantasy world). I think he’s only partly right – Nader is a pompous fool dressed as a self-aggrandizing ass, living in a fantasy world. I’m convinced Nader threw the 2000 election to Bush. Think of it this way: Nader got 97,000 votes in Florida. If instead, 70% of those voters had just stayed home, and 51% of the remaining 30% voted for Gore, Al Gore would have won Florida and the election, or at least forced the Jebbites to get more creative. And it was obvious in the weeks before the election that it was going to be close enough that a continued Nader candidacy could result in something like that. Reports the next day quoted Nader voters in some places saying “what have I done?” This election shapes up as another very close one; and with the results of four years of GWB evident – ignoring the Iraq thing, and just focusing on the environmental policy changes, the health care changes, the continuing weak job market – Ralph Nader decides that what we need is a replay.

Dave also says what the Democrats need as a counter is a Kerry-Dean ticket, to keep the Deaniacs in the party. That might keep them in – but how much national appeal will there be in a ticket featuring a Massachusetts senator and a Vermont governor? Yes, you’ll keep those who are going to vote Democrat regardless. But that won’t pull in many independents. And it certainly isn’t going to garner much enthusiasm in the South, Midwest and West. That’s a high price to pay for a candidate who’s finished third or worse in the primaries since New Hampshire, where he was a distant second. The Democrats owe Howard Dean, but not that much. And they owe Ralph Nader nothing. He’s lost his credibility, what he had left, with his announcement yesterday.

February 23, 2004 В· Harry В· 2 Comments
Posted in: Politics

2 Responses

  1. Dave - February 23, 2004

    Actually, what I said was:
    “One possible solution to this mess is to make Dean the VP candidate … I don’t like it, but it’s better than handing the election to Bush.”

    I think Dean is out best weapon against Nader, but he’s better suited to be a campaigner than a candidate. The best way to win the election is to have a Kerry/Edwards (or vice-versa) ticket with Dean going after the left-wing vote.

  2. Dave - February 23, 2004

    … but yeah, I might have been to soft on Nader.