Ralph Nader said Sunday he will run for president as a third-party candidate, criticizing the top White House contenders as too close to big business and pledging to repeat a bid that will “shift the power from the few to the many.”

This is the same Ralph Nader whom many accused of costing Al Gore the election in 2000. Ralph Nader is doomed to be the perpetual spoiler. His agenda is so far from the mainstream, he has no chance of getting elected. He will likely cost the Democrats the election if he actually stays on the ballot.

Aware of this fact, expect to see the Democratic candidates destroy his credibility and chances of staying in the election. Today Barack Obama said: “”In many ways he is a heroic figure and I don’t mean to diminish him. But I do think there is a sense now that if somebody is not hewing to the Ralph Nader agenda, then you must be lacking in some way.” This comment cuts right to the heart of the potential Nader voters, he seeks to malign them by telling them they are lacking. To paraphrase: If you vote for Ralph Nader you are an idiot.

Hillary Clinton said: “Obviously, it’s not helpful to whomever our Democratic nominee is. But it’s a free country,” she told reporters as she flew to Rhode Island for campaign events.” Less fighting words than Barack Obama’s but expect those words to get harsher if she actually wins the nomination.

Ironically, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney’s spoiler weighed in with: “Nader’s past runs have shown that he usually pulls votes from the Democrat, so naturally, Republicans would welcome his entry into the race.”
The longer Ralph Nader stays around you can expect this race to get trickier as the Democrats attack Ralph Nader WITHOUT distancing his voters by insulting them.

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