Ralph Nader

Is Obama's Green Jobs Guru In Trouble?
September 03, 2009

For months now, various right-wing bloggers and Glenn Beck have been trying to whip up outrage over Van Jones, Obama's green-jobs guru. Their accusations to date—that he's a secret communist, say—have been absurd and easily ignored. But all of the sudden Jones may be turning into a real political headache for the White House. Yesterday, he had to apologize for an old YouTube clip in which he called Republicans "assholes" for thwarting environmental legislation.

One Word Is One Too Many
November 04, 2008

Presidential candidate clinical narcissist Ralph Nader hosted a press conference today in which he offered only single-word responses to questions in order to protest sound-bite politics. (Yes, Ralph, you really are too good for this world.) He skipped his usual Tweedledee-Tweedledum metaphor, but did have this to say about the Democratic nominee: While he predicted a "landslide," for Obama, he reserved his harshest words for the Democrat. Nader said in various ways Obama would disappoint supporters and not do much to change the power structure and status quo in Washington.

Nader Is Self-absorbed
November 01, 2008

Al Gore is in Florida campaigning among huge crowds for Barack Obama. Many Floridians feel a certain guilt that their state political apparatus was so under the control of Bush operatives that ballot and  ballot-counting theft were all but impossible to restrain. Then, of course, there was the Supreme Court, the highest judicial equivalent of a hanging jury...and a hanging jury not just for Gore but for the American people. Gore long has escaped his sentence and in a quite majestic way. The American people haven't done as well.

Ralph Nader, Righteous Black Man
June 25, 2008

I know it's tough for Ralph Nader to get anyone to pay attention to his presidenital bid this time around, but you think he'd at least have enough sense not to court attention by saying stuff like this: "There's only one thing different about Barack Obama when it comes to being a Democratic presidential candidate. He's half African-American," Nader said. "Whether that will make any difference, I don't know. I haven't heard him have a strong crackdown on economic exploitation in the ghettos. Payday loans, predatory lending, asbestos, lead. What's keeping him from doing that?

Ralph Nader Vs. David Stern
June 12, 2008

Somehow, I've wound up on Ralph Nader's press-release email list. I'm not sure how, since I certainly never signed up for it. At first I was annoyed, but it's become a reliable source of entertainment. In the latest episode, Nader casts his lot with Tim Donaghy--the disgraceful match-fixing ex–NBA referee facing up to 33 years in prison--against commissioner David Stern: Back in 2002, Ralph was sitting at home watching game six of the NBA playoff game between the big TV market Los Angeles Lakers and the small TV market Sacramento Kings.

Don't Go Away Mad...
June 04, 2008

One downside to the Democratic primary being over: The emails from Ralph Nader's incomprehensible presidential campaign have become more frequent. Seriously, it feels as though a new missive from votenader.org lands in my inbox every 15 seconds--though I know that cannot be so.  What is the point? What's it all about? Does Nader, in his boundless narcissism, assume that, with a lull in the real action, someone--anyone--in the media will finally show him a little attention if only he keeps pounding, pounding, pounding? Fine.

No Really, You Should Go
April 23, 2008

Last week, Senator Pat Leahy suggested that Hillary Clinton ought to quit the presidential race. How insensitive! How boorish! Pundits gasped, Clinton took umbrage, and even Barack Obama was forced to concede that Clinton has the right to run for as long as she desires. The persistent weakness of American liberalism is its fixation with rights and procedures at any cost to efficiency and common sense.

You Can Cut The Tension With A Knife
February 28, 2008

 For Immediate Release Contact Press Office at: 202.360.3273 Nader to Announce VP Running Mate, Speak At GWU Washington, D.C. - Ralph Nader will announce his Vice Presidential running mate at a press conference in downtown Washington, D.C.

Borowitz On Nader
February 24, 2008

Ralph Nader is a chiliast, and he imagines -- instead of Jesus Christ -- himself to be the instrument of the millennium. Like other other such inspired people, he is also a crack-pot. In fact, way back in the good old days he was also a crack-pot. Does anybody remember that he wanted the automobile companies to make heavier cars?  What about the dangers posed by the fuels that would run them? One time way back, he came to a picnic in our backyard. We were having hot dogs which, of course, he wouldn't eat. Finally, my wife brought him some blueberries, the growers of which we didn't know.

Raucous Caucus
February 07, 2008

February 1: I email Barack Obama's Colorado campaign site, asking for information on which caucus I should attend. Although I write a syndicated column that often deals with presidential politics, I’ve never been to a caucus, or for that matter participated in a political campaign. And my lifetime financial contributions to politicians consist of writing a $50 check to John Kerry in the summer of 2004. But I’ve taken a liking to Obama, and have decided I should overcome my natural inertia and at least go to the caucus.