Monday, June 28, 2004

Ralph Nader and My Blood Pressure 

Someday soon I will drop my unseemly fixation on Ralph Nader and his foolishness. Perhaps it will be because he falls off into complete electoral insignificance. Perhaps it will be because my head explodes. But it will happen, I promise.

In the meantime, here's the latest on Nader:

Ralph Rejected by Greens In a surprising and happy development, the Green Party has refused to endorse Ralph Nader this year. Oddly, it appears that the Nader/Camejo ticket could possibly have eked out a victory at the Greens' convention had Nader showed up, or had either Nader or Camejo simply indicated in writing that they actually wanted the party's nomination. This is what happens when stubbornness per se is mistaken for a virtue.

Check out Nader as gracious loser (from the Washington Post):
A day after not getting the Green Party's endorsement for president, Ralph Nader brushed off the rejection as an inconvenience, described the party as "strange," called the party's national nominating convention "a cabal" and predicted who the big loser in its decision not to endorse him would be.

"The benefit was really for the Green Party," Nader said yesterday of what an endorsement of him would have meant. "I don't want to exaggerate it, so I'll just say massively more."
Update on Oregon Notes on the Atrocities has the latest on Nader's Oregon struggles. Apparently there's some doubt Nader will make the ballot in Oregon, despite the GOP's best efforts:
He had a big turnout--well over the thousand he needed--but about a 100 were Dems who didn't sign the petition. The GOP's effort to pack the house didn't appear to be enormously successful. As of this morning, it's too close to call. Elections officials received fewer than 1000 forms, but some had multiple names. Now they go off to their respective counties for verification. It will be weeks before we learn the results.

(Oregon law stipulates that if a candidate can get 1000 people to show up at an event and sign a petition, the candidate qualifies for the presidential ballot. Otherwise 10,000 signatures are needed. A couple months ago, Ralph launched his national campaign with a rally in Portland ... and only 750 people showed up.)
DailyKos has more.

Nader Reverses Course on "Purple States" I linked earlier to a news story appearing to show a more strategic, more realistic Ralph Nader. That Nader appears to have disappeared again [again from the Washington Post]:
Nader, who received almost 3 percent of the votes in the 2000 election, has been criticized by some Democrats as having cost Al Gore the election; Cobb's strategy suggests the Green Party does not want to be cast again as a spoiler.

Nader, however, said he will avoid no state, and his campaign spokesman Kevin Zeese said he expects Nader's name to be on ballots in nearly all of the states.

"If you're trying to build a political movement, you don't turn your backs on people who happen to live in so-called close states," Nader said. "Our plan is to get as many votes nationally as possible.

"We're campaigning all-out."

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