February 23, 2004

A Vote for Nader is a Vote for Bush

POST #    782

Over the weekend, consumer advocate and former Green Party candidate, Ralph Nader announced his candidacy for president. Ralph Nader is the man that many blame for the "Bush Presidency", a man that did well enough in Florida and New Hampshire to make a difference. Sure, Nader can argue that there was little difference between Bush and Gore in 2000, and there will be little difference between Bush and the eventual Democrat to emerge, but to me, it's clear that there is a stark difference between Bush and Gore/Kerry/Edwards.

In his interview with Tim Russert on Meet the Press, Nader said, "After careful thought and my desire to retire our supremely selected president, I've decided to run as an Independent candidate for president." Okay, let's be a little reasonable here, with the system we have (you can all debate the two-party system amongst yourselves), there is no way in hell that Nader can truly believe that he can defeat Bush. I don't care if Kerry/Edwards/Kucinich/Sharpton are holding hands with Bush and skipping around the White House grounds, there is still a difference between Bush and the Democrats in the race. I don't care if Kerry is beholden to some special interest groups. He is beholden to special interests that better than Bush's special interest groups. And if they are getting money from the same companies, so be it. I know that Kerry or Edwards believe in things that I believe in. 2004 is not a "lesser of two evils" race (not that I felt it was in 2000), it's more of a "evil man in office that we have to get rid of" thing.

My hope is that Nader doesn't get on the ballots of any swing states. While it's the opinion of some that your vote doesn't matter, the non-vote of a thousand like-minded people does make a difference. If the 1% of the people that voted for Nader in Florida, or 1/3 of the people in New Hampshire, Bush would not be in office (ignore the fact that it would have to be in certain areas).

Please, don't throw away your vote this year. Just think, can you really take four more years of Bush?

- MSNBC: Transcript for Feb. 22th with Schwarzenegger and Nader
- NY Times: Nader, Gadfly to the Democrats, Will Again Run for President
- NY Times editorial: Ralph Nader Does It Again

Posted by tien mao in Politics at 10:26 AM



God I hate Nader. It's idealism turned stupidity. I can't stand either.

Posted by: corie at February 23, 2004 12:42 PM

Nader is an ego-maniacal fool. Would it be wrong for me to wish personal harm on him? :)

Posted by: Justin at February 23, 2004 2:18 PM

glad to know there are at least two people who think this is a bad thing.

and justin, i think it would be perfectly okay.

Posted by: tien at February 23, 2004 2:44 PM

I am so opposed to Nader's candidacy, I will not vote for him here in NY even though I agree with most of the items on his usual platform and we are by no means a "swing" state. Just very angry and upset over the current administration.

That said, I think we should give Nader some credit for his considerable accomplishments in the field of consumer advocacy, and call him neither stupid nor ego-maniacal. A misguided idealist is perhaps more accurate.

Posted by: Sam T at February 23, 2004 3:19 PM

very true sam. nader has done an excellent job of being a consumer advocate, but you have to admit that his 2004 campaign seems to be a tad stupid and ego-maniacal.

Posted by: tien at February 23, 2004 5:32 PM


I will personally punch anyone I know who votes for Nader.

Posted by: Maine at February 23, 2004 5:32 PM

There's something sadly pathetic about nader running.

Posted by: joe s at February 23, 2004 5:59 PM

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