And, so, Ralph Nader is running for president again. To that news, I have two thoughts:
- Who is surprised?
Both Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama are decrying his candidacy:
Told of Mr. Nader’s announcement on her campaign plane, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton said: “Wow, that’s really unfortunate. I remember when he did this before. It’s not good for anybody, especially our country.”
Mr. Obama, campaigning in Ohio, said: “Ralph Nader deserves enormous credit for the work he did as a consumer advocate. But his function as a perennial candidate is not putting food on the table of workers.”
OK, Senator Obama's comment is pretty lame. But he makes up for it with this last word, referring to Mr Nader’s claim in 2000 that he was running because there was really little difference between Al Gore and George Bush:
Mr. Obama also criticized Mr. Nader for equating Mr. Gore and Mr. Bush: “Eight years later, people realize that Ralph did not know what he was talking about.”
Update, 27 Feb: One commentator's opinion on Mr Nader's candidacies, from the NY Times.