WASHINGTON - Ralph Nader said Sunday he will run for president as a third-party candidate, criticizing the top White House contenders as too close to big business and pledging to repeat a bid that will "shift the power from the few to the many."
Nader, 73, said most people are disenchanted with the Democratic and Republican parties due to a prolonged Iraq war and a shaky economy. The consumer advocate also blamed tax and other corporate-friendly policies under the Bush administration that he said have left many lower- and middle-class people in debt.
This is a classic example of what happens when ego clashes with reality and ego wins.
Nader says that people of both parties are disenchanted with the candidates. That may be the case with the Repignofascists who don't think John McBush is conservative enough for them but its certainly not the case with Democrats and Barack Obama.
It is because of Nader and the 70,000 votes he garnered in Florida in 2000 that we have had 8 years of Dubya Bush in the White House. That should be enough reality to wake up most people.
Nader portrays himself as an "independent" working for middle class Americans. I wonder if he will reveal during this years road to defeat that in the 2000 campaign the Bushies covered something on the order of 70 percent of his campaign costs. In 2004 they covered more than 50 percent of Nader's campaign cost. So much for being an "independent."
It will be enjoyable to watch Nader become even less relevant in 2008 than he has in recent runs for the White House. If memory serves me well the last time Nader accomplished anything was when he brought attention to how dangerous it was to operate a Chevrolet Corvair. And that was in 1962. Hang it up Ralph. Move to the Caribbean and drink boat drinks for the rest of your wretched life.