NOBODY EVER CONSIDERED NADER TO BE A SERIOUS CANDIDATE, BUT IN NOT TAKING HIM SERIOUSLY AS A THREAT, THE DEMOCRATS PROBABLY LOST THE ELECTION.
Yesterday, I wrote about the group of dwarfs making up the backfield in the current race for the Democratic Presidential nomination. They included Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-Iowa), Sen. Joe Biden (D-Delaware), Gov. Bill Richardson (D-New Mexico), Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) and probable late entry, former Vice President Al Gore. Those among my readers who can count, which probably means the Democrats, may have noticed that there were only six members of this elite circle of dwarfs, not seven. That’s because the seventh dwarf, the one I will call Dopey, truly deserves a place of dishonor reserved only for the lowest of the low, and he isn’t even a Democrat.
The man proclaims himself to be a liberal. He is, supposedly interested in human rights, the environment and peace. Yet, in his own way, he has done more to get George W. Bush elected than many stalwart Republicans. That man is Ralph Nader.
Now, the Ralph Nader that I would like to remember is the guy who wrote the book UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED, which gave us all a bit of insight into the true danger of driving the popular Chevrolet Corvair. The book was particularly important to me because at the time it was written, I actually owned a Corvair Monza Spider convertible. I really didn’t give much of a damn about Nader’s opinion of the car back then. Hell, I was a soldier living in Georgia, and the car with its lemon yellow paint job, black racing stripe and 4-speed was too cool. Yet, in retrospect, it was good that Nader wrote the book.
Over the years, he became a sort of conscience for American industry, a conscience that the titans of industry didn’t really want. Then, in 1972, he began running for president.
The fact is that nobody much paid attention to Ralph Nader’s political campaigns until the presidential election of 2000. Nader, you see, was running against two candidates that weren’t really raising that much dander among the people of America. There was Al Gore, the incumbent Vice President, who, while right on all the issues, was somewhat boring, and George W. Bush, the inept governor of Texas.
Nobody ever considered Nader to be a serious candidate, but in not taking him seriously as a threat, the Democrats very likely lost the election. You see, all that Gore needed to win was one state. It could have been Florida, or it could have been Ohio. It could, in fact have been any state that Gore lost. The problem is that in at least one state, and possibly more than one, the votes that Nader got threw the election into the hands of the Republican candidate, George W. Bush.
That would have been reasonable if Bush hadn’t had it in his power to steal the state of Florida’s electoral votes. It would have fine if George W. Bush didn’t actually turn out to truly be the devil incarnate. The problem is that Mephistopheles actually did have the power to steal the election and to create a level of evil in his method of governance that would have made Machiavelli proud.
When asked if he had any concern that his votes may have given that election to Bush, Nader responded that America deserved what it got. That statement, more than anything else, gave me reason to lose all respect for a man that I had always considered a force for good. That statement, more than anything else, showed me that Ralph Nader was an egomaniac that couldn’t have cared less whether America lived or died.
In the election of 2004, Nader ran but no longer was able to claim the Green Party’s nomination. His voter base all but disappeared.
There is now word that Nader expects to run again in 2008. He will probably be a non-starter in that election, once again. But we must never forget the problems created by the colossal ego of a man who was more interested in his own personal agenda than he was in the safety and well being of the United States.We must never forget that it was Dopey, the seventh dwarf, that was as responsible for the curse of Dubya as any other political factor in 2000, theft and election fraud included.
HENRY A. HONIG – THE PUNDIT