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Friday, February 27, 2004

More on Nader

From Bill Conolly over at Thoughts on the Eve of the Apocalypse:

While no radical, Nader at least has the background and pedigree [Bill points to an excellent Alexander Cockburn/Jeffrey St. Clair article here] to substantially challenge the "agreeable center" on issues like corporate malfeasance, media consolidation, environmental degradation, and out-of-control militarism.

In short, give him a chance. He's open for criticism, like everyone else, but those concerned with the trajectory of American politics should be wary of denigrating Ralph to the extent that the issues he raises are implicitly marginalized.

Oh, and lastly: hey, Ralph, have you heard about this fellow named "Kucinich"?

My reply:
Cyndy recently pointed to a Diane Sawyer interview in which Nader said he supports Kucinich. The problem, he intimated, was the Democratic party in general. He said he sees what he is doing as a good thing because it opens a "second front" against Bush.

It will be interesting to see where this goes. And I agree that he hasn't adequately addressed how this second front is going to help rather than hurt, as far as the effort to remove Bush.

One problem is his style. It can be haughty and disdainful, but it's also understandable, given his treatment from the "liberal intelligentsia."

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