Sunday, February 24, 2008

Ralph Nader, The GOP's Pal

So how could the Dems possibly lose in 2008? With a little help from the GOP's bestest bud, Ralph Nader. Ah, yes. Mr. "Not A Dime's Worth Of Difference." Of course Al Gore would certainly have kept his eye on bin Laden...and there's no way in hell that he would have invaded Iraq instead, wasting thousands of lives and trillions of dollars. He wouldn't have squandered the world's goodwill after 9/11, nor alienated all our allies. Heck, I'll bet he wouldn't even have gone on vacation after being informed that bin Laden was determined to strike inside the U.S. Nor intentionally ignored bin Laden simply because Clinton thought he was important. Nor appointed two people to the Supreme Court largely because they were very young and very conservative. Nor shredded the Constitution by, among other things, re-establishing the imperial presidency. But I guess that's not a big enough difference for Ralph.

Of course you could say that it's not Ralph's fault that people vote for him. That is, I suppose, a point worth discussing. But he's simply deluded if he thinks there are no significant differences between the two major parties. And he surely knows that he has no chance to win. And surely he knows that he is increasing the odds of a Republican victory at a crucial point in our history. Granted, McCain, unlike Bush, has the makings of a decent president. But he would probably stick with the disastrous and deluded policies of the Bush administration (the "war" on "terror" for example...rather than a concerted, multi-pronged effort against al Qaeda). You might say that Nader going to bat for McCain in this way is much less disastrous than his going to bat for Bush in 2000. I have an inclination to agree...or, rather, I would if I weren't worried that McCain will largely follow in Bush's footsteps. McCain may be a renegade in certain ways, but he seems to have just about the full measure of conservative confusion about foreign policy.

So thanks again, Ralph. I was just starting to feel fairly confident about this election. If the GOP had a Hall of Fame, you'd be in it.


Blogger Joshua said...

There's also this.

Although I don't think his spoiler power is as strong this year as it was in 2000, I still think this is a completely asinine move on his part. Fortunately, I think Obama motivates people enough that he would be more or less immune to Nader-spoiling. One more reason he should be the nominee instead of Clinton, since a Clinton-McCain contest would be close enough for Nader to possibly throw it to the GOP.

Still, I gotta concur with Theresa's opening paragraph up there. Nader ought to find something long and sharp to sit on.

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