By Donna Smith
Sunday, February 24, 2008; 2:39 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Consumer advocate Ralph Nader, blamed by many Democrats for their loss of the White House in the 2000 election, said on Sunday he is launching another independent campaign for the White House.
More at WaPo
The real question is why Tim Russert acts as his political fluffer. Seriously, if "respected" outlets like "Meet the Press" didn't give him air time and acknowledge this guy he'd have less reason to run. Because in the end it's all about him." --Taylor Marsh
Maybe it is because Ms. Marsh is from the "Show Me State" ; when she is right-she is dead on. This run is all about Nader' s overblown, overwrought ego. He is so enamoured of his own voice he could not even hear Mike Huckabee snickering in the background.
"Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, appearing on CNN's "Late Edition," said he thought Nader could pull votes away from the Democratic nominee.
"Naturally Republicans would welcome his entry into the race and hope that maybe a few more will join in," Huckabee said." (from the WaPo article)
"That's really unfortunate. I remember when he did this before, it didn't turn out to well, for anyone, especially our country," she said. "I hope it's kind of a just a passing fancy that people won't take too seriously."
Obama, Clinton's rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, was asked on Saturday about a Nader candidacy. "My sense is that Mr. Nader is somebody who, if you don't listen and adopt all of his policies, thinks you're not substantive," he said."
Two silver linings one is that Nader is not going to get very many votes; the word infinitesimal comes to mind. The second silver lining is that in an increasingly divisive Democratic Primary , Nader is one subject both Hillary and Barack can agree on.