Those on the left who love words should love Ralph Nader. He’s very wordy. But they don’t.
Reacting to Nader's announcement that he plans to run for president on the Democrat ticket -- again -- Barack Obama said, "He [Nader] thought that there was no difference between Al Gore and George Bush and, eight years later, I think people realize that Ralph did not know what he was talking about.”
Hillary Clinton thought Nader’s entry into the race was "very unfortunate." As a woman of some experience, Clinton said, "I remember when he ran before. It didn't turn out very well for anybody -- especially our country. This time I hope it doesn't hurt anyone. I can't think of anybody that would vote for Sen. McCain who would vote for Ralph Nader."
Once a spoiler, always a spoiler.
Nader thinks of himself as an revivified Thomas Jefferson: "A Jeffersonian revolution is needed in this country.”
Momentous changes in U.S. history, Nader said, have been advanced "through little parties that never won any national election. Dissent is the mother of ascent. And in that context I've decided to run for president."
Ego and self gratification has nothing to do with Nader’s posturing.