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Subtitled: Monkey Wrench or Cattle Prod? By Stephen Fleischman via Counterpunch.com.
“Here we go again,” murmured the old guard Democrats when Ralph Nader officially announced his candidacy for president in 2008, on Tim Russert’s “Meet the Press” show, Sunday, Feb.24th.
Surely you’ve noticed this reaction. It’s on almost all of the ‘progressive’ sites I visit and post to.
“Nader–the spoiler,” they called him since the 2000 election when Al Gore lost the presidency to George W. Bush. “It’s all Nader’s fault!” they cried. Nader was a good scapegoat, a good person to blame, so they wouldn’t have to examine their own souls.
Al ‘lost’ by 537 votes, and the assumption is that he would have gotten most of Ralph’s votes if Ralph wouldn’t have run. Perhaps, or maybe those voters would have stayed home. We don’t know. Also, don’t forget Tennessee, or the fact that ‘Holy’ Joe Lieberman was the VP candidate. Oh, and there was the non-full recount in FL, W’s brother and Kathrine Harris and the Supreme Court…all controled by Ralph.
The US Commission on Civil Rights conducted an extensive investigation of irregularities during the 2000 presidential election in Florida, published in The Washington Post on June 5, 2001, said: “the most dramatic undercount in this election was the nonexistent ballots of the countless unknown eligible voters, who were wrongfully purged from the voter registration rolls, turned away from the polls, and by various other means prevented from exercising the franchise.”
Ta-Dah! It’s Ralph’s fault! I guess it’s his fault for the following:
The two Democratic candidates talk endlessly about Universal Health Care but neither of them mentions those two little words, “single payer”, the only way it can ever happen. Both are afraid of bucking the mammoth health insurance industry in this country. Maybe Nader can prod them into fighting a little harder for what they claim they want.
Guess what folks? If BO, HRC or JM are elected, we’re not getting single payer (well, if the Congressional Dems show some gumption and replace Nancy with Dennis and Harry with Russ, maybe). Ralph’ll be pushing for single payer.
We know Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is on the Armed Services Committee in the Senate and in the pocket of the defense industry, but then Barack Obama talks about increasing the military buildup instead of cutting the bloated military budget that we have. The sheepish Democrats might need a little cattle prod for moving on this issue.
I wonder if JE will make the connection of the bloated military budget and the failing economy in his new ‘movement?’ You know BO, HRC or JM won’t. Ralph’ll be pushing for cutting the bloated defense budget.
The article also mentions corporatism. Needless to say, Ralph’ll be the only one pushing against that.
And if you’re scared that Ralph might manage to pull away enough votes for the Dems to lose, here’s what he told Timmeh:
As Nader said to Tim Russert in the “Meet the Press” interview, “If the Democrats can’t landslide the Republicans this year, they ought to just wrap up, close down, emerge in a different form. You think the American people are going to vote for a pro-war John McCain who almost gives an indication that he’s the candidate for perpetual war.”
Sure, on the really big questions of running the government, there won’t be any huge difference. We may, and I am not convinced that we will, get better SCOUS members with the Dems. Maybe, just maybe, we need to have a voice from the real left to move the candidates in the ‘right’ direction.
Otherwise, we’ll have to deal with ‘hope,’ triangulation or Metamucil