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February 24, 2008

Ralph Nader: Jeffersonian ? I Don’t Think So

by Doug Mataconis

For reasons known only to him, Ralph Nader announced today that he’s running for President:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Ralph Nader is entering the presidential race as an independent, he announced Sunday, saying it is time for a “Jeffersonian revolution.”

“In the last few years, big money and the closing down of Washington against citizen groups prevent us from trying to improve our country. And I want everybody to have the right and opportunity to improve their country,” he told reporters after an appearance announcing his candidacy on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Asked why he should be president, the longtime consumer advocate said, “Because I got things done.” He cited a 40-year record, which he said includes saving “millions of lives,” bringing about stricter protection for food and water and fighting corporate control over Washington.

This marks his fourth straight White House bid — fifth if his 1992 write-in campaign is included.

Nader said Thomas Jefferson believed that “when you lose your government, you’ve got to go into the electoral arena.”

“A Jeffersonian revolution is needed in this country,” he said.

I’m not which upsets me more. The fact that this old gasbag is running again or that he’s appropriating the name of a true American hero.

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  1. You know, as much as I disagree with 95% that comes out of Ralphs mouth. I have to say, I admire him for believing in what he says. Not some double speakin regular politician. He’s not afraid to admit, he loves Government. Socialism is his goal. He doesn’t make any bones about it.

    And for his “Jeffersonian” comment, that’s as moronic as it get’s coming from him. He really hasn’t read anything T.J. said or wrote. Oh well.

    Comment by RegularRon — February 24, 2008 @ 11:08 am
  2. I’m not which upsets me more. The fact that this old gasbag is running again or that he’s appropriating the name of a true American hero.

    Are you kidding? Easy choice: the latter. Who cares if he runs – he pulled in 0.3% of the vote in 2004. Electorally speaking, he’s even more insignificant than RP.

    Comment by Brian T. Traylor — February 24, 2008 @ 7:10 pm
  3. The only thing that pisses me off are the whiny, bickering children who still to this day, think Nader gave Bush the White House, despite more Democrats voting for Bush than for Nader, and despite the Supreme Ruling decision, which, I hardly think Nader had any influence over, other than reading it in the paper.

    I’ve said it many times to some of my idiotic, pseduo-Socialist friends: If the Democrats can’t win because of a 0.3 variance by a benign Socialist campaign by a more benign man, they don’t deserve to be a party, let alone “win”.

    In any case, Nader is still singing that same tune no one wants to really hear, mainly because Nader can’t sing.

    Comment by Nitroadict — February 24, 2008 @ 11:03 pm

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