Seriously, Nader, WTF is wrong with you?
I’m not in any sort of disagreement that his previous life as a consumer advocate was noble, and he did lots of good. Many people admire him for that, and I do, too. Though he did help found OSHA, which while I personally think is a good thing, there’s lots of people who would disagree with me vehemently.
And, frankly, I don’t disagree with him much on his economic and politics. Sure there’s some things we don’t see eye to eye on, but that happens with any two individuals.
But Ralph Nader, why are you doing this? First of all, you’re 73. My in-laws are 71 and in great health, and they have trouble committing to a one-year magazine subscription. John McCain is also 71, and before he was even the front-runner the news continually brought up his age as a factor. News flash, Ralph. You’re older than him! If you were to be elected, fat chance in hell that may be, you’d be 78 by the time your term was over. And then re-elected? That puts you at 82. Come on – wouldn’t you rather spend your golden years playing golf? Or is the problem simply that you’ve chosen work over personal life for so long, you simply lack the personal and social skills to enjoy any recreational pursuits? Won’t that make you the life of the international summits!
Second and perhaps more importantly — you may dislike the Democratic front-runners, but do you like John McCain more? Are you secretly a Republican at heart? Your entry into the race promises to do nothing but siphon support away from the Democratic fringe.
I have to say, the very idea of you running yet again just smacks of vanity. It reeks of desperation to cement your place in the history books. You can’t believe it’s because you think you have a chance at winning, because you don’t. Maybe you like the idea of being a spoiler again, like you were in 2000, and that’s just selfish on a monumental scale. That’s basically screwing with the future of an entire nation so you can feel grandiose and influential and important. I’m sure part of it is your real belief that you don’t like the candidates running, that the two-party system is flawed, yadda yadda. Well, idealism sure is admirable to a certain extent. My younger brother still is very idealistic and on a 25 year-old, it’s encouraging to see. But as experienced as you are, and after the life you’ve lived, that sort of blind idealism is annoying and borderline pathetic. Perhaps if you would get out of the way, someone without the political baggage and without one foot in the grave can do the work to change the world you’d like to see.
Really, I wish Tim Russert would have smacked you upside the head this morning.