December 23, 2003

2004 Bush Victory Margin Reduced to 11%

In other words: Ralph Nader Rules Out Green Party Run

I guess that Internet thing didn't work out as well for Ralph "Unsafe at Any Speed" Nader.

In an effort to gauge support, Nader has a new Web site and an exploratory committee, attends small fund-raisers, and has mailed letters to supporters. He said he has raised more than $100,000, mostly to pay expenses for the exploratory network, but is noncommittal on whether the resources are sufficient yet to persuade him to run.

But not everyone is happy about it.

"I think we're all a little bit disappointed," said Scott McLarty, a Green Party spokesman. "I suspect Mr. Nader would have gotten the nomination."

Oooo..., Ralph's gonna regret not having that second Green nomination on his CV.

New York's Green Party urged Nader to reconsider, saying in a statement Tuesday that a separate run could be "disastrous" for both Nader and the party, in part because it could confuse voters and divide the infrastructure and resources that a single national campaign could help build.

The mighty behemoth that is the national Green campaign may fail to get 3% of the vote this year. Shades of Conrad are lurking about..., and yet, just in case you thought there might be some principle involved...

The Green Party is debating whether to take a nominee on a full state-by-state campaign or to adopt a "safe state" strategy. Under that method, the party would mostly avoid states up for grabs, in order not to jeopardize the Democratic candidate's chances against President Bush.

If you can't be green through and through, I guess the next best thing is to be a watermelon.

Posted by Charles Austin at December 23, 2003 02:51 PM