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Ralph Nader: 'Cowering' Democrats face defeat
Politico ^ | 7/6/12 10:32 AM EDT | WILLIAM BERGSTROM

Posted on 07/07/2012 9:05:49 AM PDT by sr4402

Ralph Nader: 'Cowering' Democrats face defeat

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: democrats; politics; ralphnader
Only the Title is quoted since Politico may be Copyrighted.

In the Article, Nader blames Republicans for everything, but says the Democrats basically should be winning big because of them. Yet doesn't understand why they are not. He Fears Defeat.

Why would he say He fears defeat?

1 posted on 07/07/2012 9:05:58 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: sr4402

Well because of one word, the “economy”.


2 posted on 07/07/2012 9:10:09 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Biggirl
Well because of one word, the “economy”.

How about another word "ObamaCare: Socializing Healthcare".

3 posted on 07/07/2012 9:14:04 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: sr4402

That too!


4 posted on 07/07/2012 9:16:32 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: sr4402
All together now:

IT IS THE DEMOCRATS AND LEFTISTS LIKE NADER THAT ARE THE EXTREMISTS!!!!!!!!

Why do the Republicans NOT repeat that over and over and over again. It happens to be true!

5 posted on 07/07/2012 9:21:29 AM PDT by RatRipper (Obama, YOU LIE!!! . . .again and again and again and again, ad infinitum. . . .)
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To: All
Where's the bald cajun these days?.....
6 posted on 07/07/2012 9:23:34 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: sr4402
Nader strings together a bunch of platitudes... doesn't offer proof of anything or ‘fact one’.

Nader's used to talking to other air-head democrats. Take out the drama queeen ‘emoting’ and there's nothing.

7 posted on 07/07/2012 9:25:43 AM PDT by GOPJ (Speak truth to lies - to ignorance. Speak honesty to corruption . Stand-up to liberal elite liars..)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Democrats took their biggest best chance ever and absolutely p!$$ed it down the drain.


8 posted on 07/07/2012 9:28:51 AM PDT by raccoonnookkeeper (I keep raccoons in a nook!)
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To: sr4402
"“Democrats are tortured daily by Republican leaders.”"

Pure bunkum.

The GOPe delights in torturing the Tea Party folks.

9 posted on 07/07/2012 9:32:34 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: GOPJ

All I can say is “Run, Ralph, Run!” Without Nader we would today be talking about former President Gore, and also ran George W. Bush.

Nader has never been constrained by those niggling little things called “facts”. Never. Ever. Not once. Nader, contrary to Pat Moynihan, feels he’s entitled to his own facts and depends on the compliant, lazy and incompetent mass media to carry his water for him.


10 posted on 07/07/2012 9:32:49 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
He was on Chasing UFOs last night--the little alien-looking guy bumping up in the abductee's window.
11 posted on 07/07/2012 9:44:26 AM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: sr4402
There's only one thing you can do to save the ideology, Ralph. You have to run as a third party candidate again just like in 2000. You did more than any single person recently to save the country. Imagine Al Gore on 9/11/2001 trying to figure out how to tax the owners of the World Trade Center for all the carbon dioxide released as they burned. You saved us from that, Ralph.

PS If my father and his crazy brothers couldn't flip their Corvairs, it had to be the stablest car ever made.

12 posted on 07/07/2012 9:46:06 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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Click.


The American People would never vote for Socialism but, under the name of Liberalism
the American People will adapt every fragment of the Socialist program.
Ronald Reagan - 1961
40th president of The USA (1980 - 1988)

13 posted on 07/07/2012 9:47:59 AM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: KarlInOhio
"You did more than any single person recently to save the country. Imagine Al Gore on 9/11/2001 trying to figure out how to tax the owners of the World Trade Center for all the carbon dioxide released as they burned. You saved us from that, Ralph."

Yep. There was a point in the 2000 campaign when Nader was considering dropping out.

I sent his campaign a check for $25.00 with a long sappy letter about how he just had to stay in as he was the only candidate to give hope to us little people, and how I was counting on him staying in, and how he needed to show America that one man can make a difference.

Best $25.00 I ever spent.

14 posted on 07/07/2012 9:51:26 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: sr4402

Ralph Nader is the quintessential blind squirrel. The Democrats do have much to cower about - they’ve nearly destroyed the USA during the last four years.


15 posted on 07/07/2012 9:54:41 AM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name. 0bama: Four years of failure and fingerpointing.)
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To: sr4402

Ralph Nader is the quintessential blind squirrel. The Democrats do have much to cower about - they’ve nearly destroyed the USA during the last four years.


16 posted on 07/07/2012 9:56:58 AM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name. 0bama: Four years of failure and fingerpointing.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

He will be on Imus this coming week....


17 posted on 07/07/2012 10:01:41 AM PDT by cranked
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To: sr4402

What a nice little ad hominem rant about nothing but the fact Nader is a communist. And he is butt ugly and weird.


18 posted on 07/07/2012 10:05:36 AM PDT by OafOfOffice (W.C:Socialism:Philosophy of failure,creed of ignorance,gospel of envy,the equal sharing of misery)
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To: sr4402

Ralph Nader is one of the most paranoid people of our generation.


19 posted on 07/07/2012 10:17:49 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: sr4402

Shouldn’t the grim reaper be calling Ralph home about now?


20 posted on 07/07/2012 10:19:20 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: RedMDer

That is such a spot-on video. We should live so long as to have another “Reagan” in the Whitey Hut.


21 posted on 07/07/2012 10:20:31 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Let the wind blow through you.~~ Lakota Sioux proverb)
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To: RatRipper

Being called “extremist” by Ralph Nader is like being called ugly by a frog.


22 posted on 07/07/2012 10:21:55 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: RatRipper

Because too many Republicans aren’t conservative enough, either: RINO Republicans (Hello, Mitt Romney.), Establishment Republicans (Hello, Senator Mitch McConnell.), Elitist Republicans (Hello, Malcolm Steve Forbes.), and Libertarian Republicans (Hello, Ron Paul).


23 posted on 07/07/2012 10:23:25 AM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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To: sr4402

Here’s the full text from Nader’s own blog.

http://nader.org/2012/07/05/jolting-the-democratic-party-from-its-stupor/

Jolting the Democratic Party from Its Stupor
Posted July 5, 2012

By Ralph Nader

If the Democrats in Congress were all drinking water from the same faucet, there might be a clue to their chronic fear of the craven and cruel corporatist Republicans who dominate them.

But they don’t, so we have to ask why their fear, defeatism, and cowering behavior continues in the face of the outrageous GOP actions as the November election approaches.

The explanations go back some years. The Democrats have long receded from the Harry Truman days of “give ‘em hell, Harry”. But their political castration occurred in the late seventies when the Democrats were persuaded by one of their own, Congressman Tony Coelho (D-Calif.), to start aggressively bidding for corporate campaign cash.

Victory in politics often goes to those who have the most energy and decisiveness, however wrongheaded. The Republicans have won these races for years. To paraphrase author and lapsed Republican, Kevin Phillips, the Republicans go for the jugular, while the Democrats go for the capillaries.

The Democrats are tortured daily by Republican leaders, Speaker John Boehner and Eric Cantor but they do not go into these politicians’ backyards in Virginia and Ohio to expose the unpopular agendas pitched by these Wall Street puppets.

One would think that politicians who side with big corporations would be politically vulnerable for endangering both America and the American people. These corrupt politicians promote corporate tax loopholes and side with insurance and drug companies on costly health care proposals. They defend the corporate polluters on their unsafe workplaces, dirty air, water and contaminated food, push for more deficit spending in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, neglect Main Street based public works-repair-America-jobs programs, support high-interest student loans, cover for oil industry greed at the pump, and are hell-bent on taking the federal cops off the corporate crime beats.

Instead, Democrats let Boehner and Cantor peddle their unrebutted torrents of falsehoods to the voters in their districts. I’ll bet their constituents would not like their representatives regularly kowtowing to harmful fat cat lobbyists.

The Democrats should be landsliding the worst Republican Party in history. Talk about extremists. There are virtually no moderate or liberal Republicans left in Congress after being driven out by their own party hard-liners. So this Republican Party, united over their extremism, should be very easy to challenge.

It is not happening. Though rolling in promotional capability, the Democrats still have not come up with a clear list of the hundreds of Republican disastrous proposals – passed in the House or proposed. These wrongful Republican initiatives should be boiled down to their vicious essence for public diffusion. Instead, the blue dog Democrats are constantly, and with impunity, giving Republicans cover –recently 17 Democrats supported a rash political move by Representatives Boehner, Cantor and Issa in citing Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress.

It is also remarkable how the Democrats keep letting the Senate Republican leader Senator Mitch McConnell intone, day after day, the “American people” want, do not want, demand, oppose this and that, to camouflage his plutocratic programs.

In December 2010, with 99 senators agreeing to unanimous consent to pass the auto safety legislation, the Democrats let one Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) sink it. President Obama, ready to sign this life-saving bill, declined to use his powers of persuasion on Coburn, his avowed close friend in the Senate.

It is the Democrats’ defeatism that is the most self-corrosive. Veteran Democratic legislators openly tell those who ask that they don’t think the party will regain control of the House in the November election though, they add, the Republicans have a terrible anti-people record.

Politics are about credibly answering the question “whose side are you on and whose side is your opponent on?” That means drawing a bright line between the two parties. Unfortunately, on military and foreign policy there isn’t much of a difference. So the bright line will have to be on domestic issues.

Here the president, the omnipresent political consulting firms looking for their 15 percent cut on insipid political television spots, and the frenzied focus on raising evermore money contingent on quid pro quo understandings with avaricious donors, combine to form a lethal mix of strategic stupor, message staleness (“to restore the middle class”) and time-wasting paralysis.

Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. and two dozen progressive co-sponsors are behind a bill called “Catching Up To 1968 Act of 2012” (H.R. 5901). This would raise the federal minimum wage, depleted by inflation over the years, from $7.25 to $10.00, thereby helping thirty million workers and boosting the recessionary economy. Neither the Democratic leadership nor President Obama have come out in support of such popular (70 percent in the polls) legislation that historically has been identified with the Democratic Party since the first minimum wage law in 1938.

Senior staffers in the House complain on behalf of their bosses that the President does not communicate with them. “Boehner will give us nothing,” was one staffer’s inadvertent summing up of the party’s defeatism. Imagine Gingrich talking in that supplicant manner when he was in the House minority. He toppled House Speaker Tom Foley (D-Wash.) and took control of the House of Representatives in 1994.

Most of the elected Democrats seem interested in themselves and less so with their party’s victory and mission for America. Attendance at the regular meetings of the House Democratic Caucus is way down. President Obama operates as if he cares only about numero uno, even though not regaining the House and keeping the Senate will freeze a second term into acrimony and inaction.

There are plenty of bright-line issues for the Democrats. Get tough on Wall Street and corporate crime, protect pensions, end the wars, tax the corporate and wealthy tax-escapees, launch community-based public works programs, provide full Medicare for all, expand health and safety programs, to name a few.

Perhaps one story is most telling: President Obama has been more reticent in his nomination of federal judges than his predecessors. In meetings between outside support groups and White House-Justice Department staff, the nominees hailing from the ranks of labor and public interest lawyers, as well as law professors, are received coolly. The Obama staff want what they call “stealth candidates,” – that is corporate lawyers with some enlightened pro bono tendencies. Why directly take on the Republicans for the future of the federal judiciary when you can settle for the corporate status quo?

Who’s fooling whom? The coming days await a new and open jolting push by prominent outside Democrats who fervently want to wrench their party back from the abyss, from its own self-imposed sense of dread before a devastating, self-inflicted November defeat.

“Comments are closed.”


24 posted on 07/07/2012 10:28:02 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Fools.Damn fools.Welcome to the USSA. Socialism is slavery to the State and the Supreme Court did it)
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To: sr4402
Why would he say He fears defeat?

Maybe he means he fears "da feet."


25 posted on 07/07/2012 10:42:01 AM PDT by library user
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To: sr4402

Nader doesn’t have the guts to run against Obama.


26 posted on 07/07/2012 11:07:11 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: sr4402

Classic Nader delusional rubbish. Reading his fact-free rant and comparing it to reality, one might think the aging (78) radical leftist came here from another planet - and, perhaps he did. In any case Ralph Nader is now and always has been a leftist loon far out of anyone’s mainstream. Ralph Nader has little influence on the electorate these days but he is still given a bit of attention by his far-left buddies and that is primarily who his screed is aimed at. Normal people just laugh and walk away from loons such as Ralph Nader.


27 posted on 07/07/2012 11:15:14 AM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: cranked

He will be on Imus this coming week....


He should be asked how the Democrats prospects are these days...


28 posted on 07/07/2012 11:19:50 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: sr4402

Run Ralphie, Run!


29 posted on 07/07/2012 11:21:10 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
Where's the bald cajun these days?.....

trying to get Hillary out of the bottle.

30 posted on 07/07/2012 11:27:54 AM PDT by digger48
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To: library user

You wouldn’t think those feet could ever fit into a pair of $500 designer tennis shoes.

I’m surprised Michelle let them take this picture.


31 posted on 07/07/2012 11:30:42 AM PDT by digger48
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To: library user

You wouldn’t think those feet could ever fit into a pair of $500 designer tennis shoes.

I’m surprised Michelle let them take this picture.


32 posted on 07/07/2012 11:52:12 AM PDT by digger48
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To: digger48

trying to get Hillary out of the bottle.


Too late, F&F has her fingerprints all over it together with Naplitano, Holder and Jug Ears.


33 posted on 07/07/2012 12:03:37 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I’m with you - wouldn’t it be wonderful if that puffed up narcissist would run one more time? Sweet.


34 posted on 07/07/2012 12:07:24 PM PDT by GOPJ (Speak truth to lies - to ignorance. Speak honesty to corruption . Stand-up to liberal elite liars..)
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To: sr4402
Ralph Nader: 'Cowering' Democrats face defeat

These I thought I was going to agree on Nader -- for the first time..

LEFTISTS like Nader are full of it...

35 posted on 07/07/2012 12:51:47 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: Paladin2
"“Democrats are tortured daily by Republican leaders.”"

But I think something else is torturing the Democrats and I think it is the base they use to have. The one with Freedom Loving citizens who believed in their country and constitution.

I think that base is almost gone, and is replaced by folks who want a Democratic Utopia with the Government taking care of ALL their needs.

Both my parents and my wife's parents are solid Democrats. And wouldn't vote for a Republican even if you gave them a thousand bucks. But I'm getting wind that they might not vote - actually not do their civic duty because they are so disillusioned with the party.

They don't like the race baiting, they don't seeing the freedoms of religion being curtailed, they don't like the idea that a bureaucrat in Washington determines what health care they get. They are uneasy with the pace of the parties change.

Most seniors at my bridge club used to always look down at anyone not democratic, now they are afraid of what is "happening to my country".

And Military Veterans, what has happened to the Military.

I think Democrats have reasons to fear this next election. Wholesale parts of the base are thinking of not voting and some have even Left the Plantation! Treasonous, don't you think?

36 posted on 07/07/2012 2:02:20 PM PDT by sr4402
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To: righttackle44
"He was on Chasing UFOs last night--the little alien-looking guy bumping up in the abductee's window."

LOL! I saw that! Great stuff.

37 posted on 07/07/2012 7:05:27 PM PDT by redhead (C'mon, Inner Peace...I don't have all day...)
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