Ralph Nader rolled back the rock from his cave, snarled at the sunlight and spoke to The Hill to take the latest in an ongoing series of potshots at President Obama in the wake of liberals losing their shit over the tax cut deal Obama cut with the Republicans. The 76-year-old activist says he hopes a primary challenger emerge to challenge the president in 2012.
“There will be a primary,” Nader said. “Just a question of how prominent a person [will run against Obama]. This deal is the last straw.”
“He’s a con man. I have no use for him,” Nader said.
Feeling’s mutual, bud.
Nader is an icon turned demagogue. A fatally flawed and perpetual failure whose flirtations with populism are undermined by his own puffed-up sense of importance and political irrelevance.
Nader has been utterly useless and an embittered relic for over a decade now since he screwed Al Gore and delivered the country to the tender mercies of George W. Bush. He spends most of his time thinking up new ways to screw over Democrats he deems insufficiently ideological.
It’s a sign of how progressives are willing to cannibalize each others that they listen to this fool’s senile rants about anything. Then again, fringe politicians like Nader still have some pull with Leftys who harbor wet dreams of a Ralph Nader/Cynthia McKinney presidency.
Even Sarah Palin never accused Obama of trying to “talk White” or “act White.” Nader, smugly confident of his status as a progressive pin-up casually indulged his witless racism when he played the Race Card in 2008.
“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? Is it because he wants to talk white? He doesn’t want to appear like Jesse Jackson? We’ll see all that play out in the next few months and if he gets elected afterwards.”
“He wants to appeal to white guilt. You appeal to white guilt not by coming on as black is beautiful, black is powerful. Basically he’s coming on as someone who is not going to threaten the white power structure, whether it’s corporate or whether it’s simply oligarchic. And they love it. Whites just eat it up.”
It’s that kind of liberal racism that made Nader dead to me. It’s fine to ding Obama for not being sufficiently progressive and a lot of us don’t like how willing he is to compromise with Republicans. But when a White Arab like Nader goes after Obama over how authentic as a Black man he is, that’s check please! Some people can ignore Nader’s offensive old man bigotry, but I will not.
Nader’s slavish acolytes claim that unlike Obama, St. Ralph provides “authentic leadership.” Seriously? St. Ralph the Good rails against the evils of Corporate America holds stock in such corporate good citizens such as Wal-Mart and Haliburton according to his last presidential campaign disclosure forms. That’s some authenticity.
If he really thinks he’s the man to take down Obama in 2012 and rally the progressives to his side, by all means, Run, Ralph, Run! Nader does not represent a third-party alternative to the Republican/Democrat tag-team domination of American politics. Nader has abandoned the Green Party banner he ran on in 2000. Now he just runs as St.Nader, the cranky iconoclast representing only his own hubris and exaggerated self-importance.
All Nader is a left-wing Ross Perot with less money and much cheaper suits. If an unelectable goofball with a Messiah complex who runs vanity campaigns is disenchanted lefties deem “authentic leadership” the Professional Left is more desperate than I thought for anything remotely resembling a talent pool of credible contenders for higher office.
Run, Ralph, Run! Maybe next time you can improve on that 0.56% you got in 2008. Or more likely Nader will firmly set up himself as this generation’s Harold Stassen. Progressives have performed dreadfully at the polls lately. Backing Nader’s latest narcissistic ego trip will only fling more dirt on their relevance as a political force.
St. Ralph is more of an annoyance than a threat, but please Run, Ralph, Run! There are few things that would be more satisfying than to see Barack Obama kick your and Sarah Palin’s sorry asses in 2012.
The good Nader did in the ‘60s when he was a consumer advocate has been mitigated by the bad he did in 2000 as a political gadfly who takes immense delight in waging guerrilla warfare, cock-blocking campaigns to subvert Democrats (Gore, Kerry, Obama) and boost Republicans. He’s a bitter old man, an irrelevance and a spoiler.
Ralph Nader can go to hell.