Here we go again. Another vanity run for an office he can’t win.
Now, before all of you Nader supporters get on my case, let me make one thing clear. I’m am not saying that Ralph would make a bad president. However, I do believe that you all need to finally realize that whatever kind of president he could be is totally irrelevant. Do I really need to keep pointing this out to everyone?
Alright then, here we go again. As long as our country continues to employ the Primary system of delegates and the Electoral College to elect its president, no third-party candidate has any chance of ever winning. I’m sorry to say but sadly the old warning that voting for a third-party is the same as throwing your vote away is true.
So, those Democrats who cried that Nader helped Gore lose in 2000 or Kerry in 2004, in a way were correct. Even though the Democratic Party was in a complete shambles at that time, the bottom line is any votes cast for Nader weren’t counted and therefore skewed the outcome. In our antiquated system, only votes cast by the Electoral College for the Republican or Democratic party are counted.
I once had a great deal of respect for Ralph Nader. As a consumer advocate, his ability to see clearly the needs of the American public was second to none. So why can’t he see that his energy would be better spent reforming the electoral system that is keeping him out of the oval office? After four tries, you’d think he’d learn. Hell, if he was as smart as we all thought, he’d have learned after the first try.
So I say again to all of you who want to see a viable third-party bid for the presidency; reform the system. Dismantle the Electoral College. Do away with the primaries. Make it so the popular vote is the law and we the people are actually in charge as was written (but never really practiced) by our forefathers.
A Failed Independent Presidential Bid