Ralph Nader announced today that he’s running for president yet again. As in 2000 and 2004, his theme is that there isn’t a lick of substantive difference between Republicans and Democrats:
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.
“You take that framework of people feeling locked out, shut out, marginalized and disrespected,” he said. “You go from Iraq, to Palestine to Israel, from Enron to Wall Street, from Katrina to the bumbling of the Bush administration, to the complicity of the Democrats in not stopping him on the war, stopping him on the tax cuts.”
Who does a Nader candidacy help? According to one prominent Republican who speaks with Jesus regarding politics on a daily basis:
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, speaking shortly before Nader’s announcement, said Nader’s past runs have shown that he usually pulls votes from the Democrat. “So naturally, Republicans would welcome his entry into the race,” the former Arkansas governor said on CNN.
In what may be safest prediction of future events in the history of politics, I hereby predict that Nader will be the most frequent guest on Fox News Sunday between now and November.
As for the “no difference” piffle, one need look no further for a refutation than comparing the voting records of this person and this person — both appointed by arguably the poorest excuse for a Democrat ever to reside in the White House — with the records of this guy and this guy — both appointed by Teh Dee-cider. Supreme Court appointments are for life, and thus have effects that extend far beyond the temporal existence of the administrations that make them. For instance, President Reagan is currently cornholing us from beyond the grave in the person of this guy.