He may have ruined Al Gore’s White House chances in 2000–a good thing, as I’m sure the chemicals needed to disinfect the Oval Office after Clinton left did not jive well with Gore’s environmental beliefs–and this year, as contentious and complex as this presidential election has been so far, Ralph Nader has once again thrown his mangy head into the race.
There has been talk of gloom and doom for democrats, but I’m not so sure that he will have the same effect. Yes, people are disenfranchised with the two parties and the two-party system, but people have also embraced the issues, and big ones at that. The economy has joined the Global War on Terror and national security at the forefront; gone, I think, are the days where corporate greed alone is enough to rally enough support to make a difference. Gone, too, are the days when voting democrats flee the party because of lack of inspiration — when placed next to Barack Hussein Obama, Al Gore and John Kerry look wooden and stiff.
Well, even more wooden and stiff.
All in all, Nader’s entrance into the race cannot hurt Sen. John McCain, but I’m not so sure how much it will help. Time will tell if Obama’s momentum slows, or if Hillary surprises a whole lot of people and picks up wins in Texas and Ohio and the nomination as a whole.
Regardless, I’m sure that some democrats consider a Nader candidacy unsafe at any speed.
As an aside, it’s good that Ralph has decided to abandon the Green Party in favor of true independence. Otherwise, current Green Party front-runner Cynthia McKinney would have gotten angry, and you wouldn’t like Switchblade Cindy when she’s angry…