Granny, Don't!

Ralph Nader — activist, flamethrower and depending on whom you ask, the guy who cost Al Gore the White House in 2000 — is mulling yet another White House bid. No, for real.

He has harsh words for the leading Democratic candidates, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama, chastising them for failing to advance aggressive plans to tax corporations more fairly, and to fight for a vastly higher minimum wage.

Obama, he said, is a particular disappointment, since his background suggests that he knows the importance of progressive issues yet hasn’t fought for them in the Senate.

“His record in the Senate is pretty mediocre,” Nader said. “His most distinctive characteristic is the extent to which he censors himself. He hasn’t performed as a really progressive first-term senator would.”

His natural base is Kucinich supporters (and maybe some Edwards voters) who’ve been cast adrift and want another candidate who doesn’t understand the law of diminishing returns.

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Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs about race and ethnicity for National Public Radio. He is a native of South Philly and reads and writes and runs and rants. You can follow him on Twitter or subscribe to him on Facebook.

2 comments to Granny, Don't!

  • I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Mike Harmon

  • GVG

    LOL I was just thinking about Nadar as i commented above on your Obama/Clinton ticket piece. I’LL SAY IT ALOUD – I LIKE NADER. His ass better stay home and not split the vote again, but he does bring topics to the table that are important to the American political conversation. we need more of that.

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