July 24th, 2004


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Consumer advocate Ralph Nader's quixotic presidential campaign says it submitted about 5,400 signatures to get on the Michigan ballot, far short of the required number of 30,000. Luckily for him, approximately 43,000 signatures were filed by Michigan Republicans on his behalf, more than meeting the requirement.

This week in Michigan, state Democrats filed a complaint to challenge a majority of those signatures, which they say are invalid. It is one chapter in an odd but potentially history-altering side story of this presidential election: Pro-Nader Republicans and anti-Nader Democrats may now be waging more aggressive Nader campaigns than even Nader's own effort.


This perception is partly why the conservative group Citizens for a Sound Economy, or CSE, worked hard to get him on the ballot in Oregon, enlisting at least 400 of its local volunteers to help Nader's signature drive.

"We saw it as an obvious opportunity to split the liberal base in a swing state," Matt Kibbe, CSE's president and CEO told ABC News.

Wow. I've heard about some of the crap Republicans were doing, but this is pretty impressive. Not only are they doing it overtly, but they're admitting to it outright. That's ballsy.

Incidentally, while I consider Nader a misguided, egotistical asshole and wonder seriously if his goal isn't to keep Bush in the white house, I do support his right to run for the presidency. However, I do think he should do it in a valid way - by getting the required signatures himself, without Republican signatures padding it. (i.e. if he's not the one submitting the signatures, they shouldn't be submitted. It's not against the law, but it's certainly against the spirit of it. Getting someone on the ballot for the express purpose of being a spoiler and splitting the vote isn't illegal but it's certainly not what was intended when the rules were laid down.) If he can't get them himself, he shouldn't be on the ballot.

I wonder if there's any shred of decency left in him. I do respect the things he's accomplished in the past, but at this point he's just a Republican patsy, and for him to claim otherwise shows that he is either incredibly disingenuous, or simply blinded to the truth by his own massive self-importance. It's really grotesque.

Ralph, if you're out there, I have to ask - is it really worth suffering under another 4 years of Bush just to make a point? No matter how much they're paying you, no matter how big your ego is, think back to the old days when you actually crusaded for the betterment of people, not for the evil empire.

Quotes from: http://abcnews.go.com/sections/WNT/Politics/nader_040724-1.html
Found here: http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/week_2004_07_18.php#003201