Ralph Nader, the self-proclaimed consumer advocate and perennial “third-party” presidential candidate/nut-job, has reportedly announced that he would personally work to find a Democrat to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012. He is claiming that a primary challenge is a near certainty.
“What [President Obama] did this week is just going to energize that effort,” Nader promised in an interview with The Daily Caller. “I would guess that the chances of there being a challenge to Obama in the primary are almost 100 percent.”
The only question, he said, is the stature of that opponent and whether it will be either “an ex-senator or an ex-governor” or “an intellectual leader or an environmental leader.”
Or maybe it will be someone from the realm of Nader’s own imagination maybe?
According to the Associated Press (AP), the Public Citizen founder said he disapproved of how Obama handled recent debt ceiling negotiations, and claimed the deal’s failings prompted this week’s dramatic stock market drop.
“He made a deal that did not provide for a public works project to create jobs all over the country. All he did was he agreed to cut spending,” Nader said. “And that’s what the market is reacting to.”
President Obama “shouldn’t have even had that problem,” Nader said. “When he surrendered the continuation of tax cuts for the rich last December, the least he could have gotten was the debt ceiling increased. He didn’t even do that. So he set himself up for this hostage situation by the Republicans and it’s his own fault. And the country and the workers are paying the price.”
So, the Market is reacting to cuts? It really wanted increased spending and tax increases? OK, sure it did. Ralph needs to spend a little less time on the mushroom with the Caterpillar, and a little more time in the “real” world. Which Party does he think the Market is tied to? It isn’t the President’s.
The Market is reacting to the “hostage situation” the Tea Partistas put the country through and the razors edge escape from the same. While we no doubt need more spending in the form of an enhanced stimulus package to help the economy continue to expand, that was not the time, nor place, for such a fight.
Nader ran for president in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 as a left-wing alternative to the Democratic nominee, but has decided another campaign is “very unlikely.”
“I’ve done my rounds,” he said.
So, now the country will wait with baited breath to see what fringe liberal Ralph can dig up to run as his sacrificial lamb to the slaughter.
OK, enough of this nonsense! It’s time for Democrats to stop whining about how the President hasn’t done enough and grow up and come to the realization of just what he has accomplished. For his first two years in office there were more than 200 bills passed by the Democratic House which never saw the light of day because of a record number of filibusters by Republicans like Jim DeMint and Mitch McConnell in the Senate, and since this past January the House has been held hostage by the wild fringe Republican Tea Partistas.
We now have the beginnings of national health care in this country. Does it go far enough? No, but it can be expanded, and that will only happen with a Democrat in the White House and the House of Representatives flipped back to Democratic control and the Democratic seats in the Senate expanded. Then you can see the program expand as it needs to, so every American can stop worrying about how they’ll pay for health care.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is history, and civil rights have taken a giant step forward. Would this be possible with Romney/Bachmann in the White House? No, it wouldn’t.
Wake up progressives! The current crop of Tea Partista Republicans is dangerous. They will gut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Veteran’s benefits, and will turn back the clock on federal regulation on any host of issues protecting Americans from the new generation of Robber Barons.
So stop your whining and get up and get energized; become involved and help keep things rolling, and help flip the House back to a Democratic majority, and help expand the Democratic majority in the Senate. The Republican Tea Partistas have overreached, and 2012 is the time to chop their political hand off clear up to the elbow.