Thursday, August 21, 2008
Ralph Nader says that Obama will run with Hillary (“He just has to swallow hard and do what JFK did” in picking rival Lyndon Johnson in 1960) - and he explains why. Every word of Nader's here seems eminently sensible, and I do suspect his predictions are correct.
I can't help it. I like Ralph Nader. I agree with him about very little, but he is serious and he says what he thinks. He wants to talk about "the issues", not about Ralph Nader. (He always did. I remember, decades ago, he would be a guest on Johnny Carson or whatever and the host would ask about his sex life or whatever and Nader would smile patiently and say, "Well, nothing very interesting about that, but there ought to be a real scandal about unsafe production practices in the broom industry..." and he would be off. It was impressive and very endearing.)
Above all - as in his appraisal of Obama and Hillary - Nader doesn't talk like a spinmeister for his political team. With the post-2000 polarisation of the country and Bush Derangement Syndrome, more and more people - ordinary people, not paid campaign politicos - now conduct ordinary conversations about politics as though they were lawyers pushily trying to spin a jury for their political side. Unlike such lay people (especially Democrats, I think) who now seem to do this as a matter of course, Nader really is more or less a professional politician. But he talks like a human being, and seems to say what he really thinks. More power to him.