Apparently Ralph Nader has decided to throw his weary, hollow, broken shell of a hat into the 2008 general election. I’m pretty torn about this: on the one hand, there’s a lot of understandable bitterness towards the guy coming from the left, since his run tightened the 2000 election enough for the Supreme Court to swoop in and hand it to the completely wrong guy. With the stakes so high in this election, nobody wants a repeat of that, unless the Republicans get some kind of crazy third-party evangelical run as a handicap to even things out (I’m looking at you, Sam Brownback).
Nader’s also got the really annoying tendency of always claiming that there’s no difference between the Democratic and Republican nominees, and while he has kind of sort of a point as far as parties are concerned (look at our Democratic Senate, which is only a very tiny, marginal improvement over the Republican Senate), saying there’s no difference between Obama and McCain is like saying you’re having a hard time choosing between Gandalf and Saruman. They’re different. Maybe Obama’s not as far to the left as Nader would like, but at what point do you say, “Okay, fine, good enough?”
On the other hand, Nader’s running is a positive thing insomuch as it’s good for the mental health and personal well-being of Ralph Nader. Because come on, what else is he going to do? Guy doesn’t even have any friends in the Green Party anymore. Nobody came to his last birthday party. The week before he was on Meet the Press to announce his candidacy, he was probably watching Meet the Press in his bathrobe and debating whether or not it was even worth showering and shaving that day. This is a sad, sad man. Look at this, for Chrissake:
Nader’s debating goddamn dolls now. So it was either start another presidential campaign or show up at the animal shelter with a wad of bills and finally become the crazy cat lady that he’s been slowly transforming into for the past eight years.