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  • Trump’s teachable moment: Ralph Nader on what we should make of the billionaire's longshot candidacy

    07/27/2015 10:34:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | July 27, 2015 | Ralph Nader
    The brouhahas over billionaire Donald Trump show how broadcasters favor easy, juicy stories about powerful people’s bad words over harder, less sexy ones about their bad deeds. This is a teachable moment for the mass media. Failing to take Trump seriously could set a dangerous precedent for future candidates with fresh ideas, looking to shake up the controlling status quo. The Huffington Post, which carries my column, announced that it is excluding Trump from its political coverage and instead filing all stories about the man leading the Republican field, according to the most recent polls, under entertainment. If they existed...
  • My Debate With Paul Krugman [No Wonder He Didn't Want It Televised]

    07/16/2015 4:58:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    IBD via RCM ^ | 07/15/2015 | Stephen Moore
    Krugman is for a single-payer health care system and argues that socialist health care systems provide better health outcomes at cheaper cost around the world. My response was that third-party payer systems in education and health care are what's driving up costs and that health care premiums paid by families are rising way faster than Obama predicted. Where are the $2,500 in family savings? Medicare is apparently the glittering success story of government, yet it's running unfunded liabilities in the tens of trillions of dollars. Krugman was lamest in explaining the migration of a thousand people a day from blue...
  • Ralph Nader: Trump for President? Giving GOP nightmares

    06/21/2015 3:20:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The New Haven Register ^ | June 21, 2015 | Ralph Nader
    Donald Trump, the bombastic builder of Trump towers and Trump gambling casinos, is moving from his reality TV show to the theater of presidential elections. If he survives the first three months of mass media drubbing him and his notorious affliction of ‘leaving no impulsive opinion behind,’ he’s going to be trouble for the other fifteen or so Republican presidential candidates. Already the commentators have derided his massive egotitis – he said “I” 195 times in his announcement speech, not counting the 28 times he said “my” or “mine” or the 22 mentions of “me.” But Trump revels in self-promotion...
  • Ralph Nader: Why run for president if you don't have a chance?

    05/15/2015 10:41:31 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | 05/15/2015 | Ralph Nader
    The 2016 presidential election is attracting an unusually large number of hopefuls. The Republicans will probably field more than a dozen candidates and the Democrats, as many as five. Presently, very few of these supposed contenders have a real chance of becoming president. Republicans Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz are long shots. On the Democratic side, that term applies to everyone but Hillary Rodham Clinton.. ~snip~ If you tell them in private, "You do not have a chance to be president," they will point to underdogs who won, such as Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan, or front-runners who...
  • Rep. Blumenauer: 'We Need More Research on the Health Effects of Guns’

    02/13/2015 7:31:07 AM PST · by PROCON · 28 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D- Ore.) has released a plan calling for “more research on the health effects of guns.” Blumenauer’s “Enough is Enough” plan looks back to how the U.S. government addressed tobacco use and automobile safety in years past and calls for a similar approach to guns. “The Surgeon General's report on tobacco was a major catalyst for the efforts to reduce tobacco use. Ralph Nader’s research captured headlines and focused public attention on automobile safety. Similarly, we need more research on the health effects of guns. We can start by improving the ability of researchers and...
  • Ralph Nader calls on Pelosi to quit: ‘Three strikes and you’re out’

    11/04/2014 11:01:15 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 4, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Former presidential hopeful Ralph Nader sent an Election Day statement to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and several of her fellow Democrats: Quit already. “Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and Steve Israel should now recognize the wisdom of baseball’s ‘three strikes and you’re out’ … step down from their posts and invite fresh leadership who can save the country from the ravages of today’s Republican party,” Mr. Nader’s statement read, The Hill reported.
  • Ralph Nader dubs Hillary Clinton ‘a menace to the United States’

    10/29/2014 5:46:13 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 29, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Ralph Nader, a former Green Party and Independent Party presidential candidate who frequently serves as a loud critic of federal safety standards, doesn’t have much love for presumptive Democratic Party White House candidate Hillary Clinton. When asked by a writer with We Are Change what he thought of the the former Secretary of State seeking the nation’s highest office, Mr. Nader’s reply was less than enthusiastic. “Well, Hillary is a corporatist and a militarist,” Mr. Nader said, Raw Story reported. “Do we want another corporatist and militarist? She thinks Obama is too weak. He doesn’t kill enough people overseas. So...
  • My Party Has Lost Its Soul

    07/29/2014 10:29:53 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 8 replies
    Truthdig.com ^ | 7/28/14
    In a Salon review Sunday of Ralph Nader’s spring 2014 book “Unstoppable,” Bill Curry, former White House counselor to President Bill Clinton, takes Democrats led by Clinton and Barack Obama to task for making their party an indentured servant of Wall Street and gifting economic populism to the right. Curry endorses Nader’s view that the present is ripe for a populist revival. Looking back to the Gilded Age, when “[p]owerful trusts were turning farmers into wage slaves and the world’s greatest democracy into just another corrupt oligarchy,” he notes that agrarian populists “busted price fixing railroads and granaries, fought for...
  • Did NBA Really Fix Lakers-Kings Game?

    05/02/2014 12:32:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    RealClearSports ^ | APRIL 28, 2014 | SHELDON HIRSCH
    Ex-NBA referee Tim Donaghy recently accused the NBA of coercing referees to help the Brooklyn Nets defeat the less glamorous Toronto Raptors in their first round playoff series. This echoes previous claims by Donaghy about the NBA manipulating games. The most notorious example is Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference finals, when the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers staved off elimination by defeating the Sacramento Kings. Donaghy alleged that two referees (understood to be Dick Bavetta and Bob Delaney) fixed the game. Donaghy was convicted of betting on games so he may not seem a reliable accuser, but...
  • Nader: Libya mission was 'impeachable offense'

    04/29/2014 7:07:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/29/14 | Mario Trujillo
    Ralph Nader on Tuesday said President Obama has committed impeachable offenses dating back to the United States' effort in 2011 to create a no-fly zone in Libya. Nader, who has previously called for Obama's impeachment, said Congress would not take up articles of impeachment at the time of the Libya mission because it has “abdicated” its responsibility in matters of war. "Libya was the most egregious violation of the Constitution by President Obama," Nader told ABC News-Yahoo News. "He attacked Libya with European nations without a declaration of war, he didn't ask Congress for an authorization of funds. He didn't...
  • Ralph Nader's America: Impeach Obama, decriminalize drugs, libertarians & progressives unite!

    04/29/2014 9:57:54 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 48 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 29, 2014 | Jeff Zeleny
    What if Washington politics were no longer defined by partisan gridlock but instead by a cross-party alliance that forged solutions? The alliance would be unstoppable. - snip - Ralph Nader contends that such a left-right alliance is not just the stuff of imagination but is actually emerging.
  • Can You Spot The Racist, Homophobic Anti-Semites In This Special 10 Item Quiz?

    04/19/2014 3:15:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | John Hawkins
    As we all know, racism, homophobia and anti-Semitism are very bad and should be condemned. Not only do I condemn all of those things, I'd encourage you to share this quiz to all of your liberal friends so they can wag their fingers right in the faces of the awful people who said all of these terrible things. 1) Who said, "We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it." A) Rush Limbaugh B) Mark Levin C) Laura Ingraham D) Al Sharpton 2) Who said, "That’s just how white folks will...
  • Ralph Nader Hearts Ron Paul, Hails Potential Left Libertarian Alliance

    There are differences of philosophy between progressives and libertarians, but we CAN agree on at least four issues upon which we can make immediate and concrete demands. Success on these demands would go a very long way toward saving the United States and prevent us from falling deeper into serfdom and slavery. We may never have a better chance than right now.
  • Flashback: Ron Paul Endorses Cynthia McKinney, Ralph Nader For President

    01/01/2012 3:29:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    Brian's Right Perspective ^ | December 26, 2011 | Brian
    As if there are any more reasons to show that Ron Paul should not be the GOP Presidential candidate, there is this bit from 2008 in which Paul endorses four(!) candidates for President, including the Marxist whack-job Cynthia McKinney and Ralph Nader. How unhinged to you have to be, intellectually, to endorse not only four people, but four whom also hold diametrically opposing views on the role of government. This alone shows that Ron Paul is not a serious thinker. In fact it shows him to be a reactionary flame thrower, willing to completely abandon principles when he doesn't get...
  • New York Times and Ralph Nader criticize Obama for illegally seizing private property and...

    03/11/2014 11:41:58 AM PDT · by grundle · 19 replies
    wordpress ^ | March 11, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog New York Times and Ralph Nader criticize Obama for illegally seizing private property and violating disclosure laws The New York Times and Ralph Nader have recently criticized President Obama for illegally seizing assets from shareholders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and for illegally avoiding disclosing this information from shareholders.The fifth amendment requires that compensation be given for such seizures, but Obama did not do this.Federal disclosure laws require that shareholders be informed of this information immediately, but Obama waited more than three years to tell them.Neither of these actions by Obama surprises me one bit....
  • Ralph Nader: Obama the ’executioner’

    02/25/2014 9:17:45 PM PST · by grundle · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | February 25, 2014 | PATRICK GAVIN
    In his new book, Ralph Nader calls for the end of “unconstitutional wars and unchecked militarism” — and lays blame on President Barack Obama for going beyond even George W. Bush. Nader writes in “Unstoppable” that Obama “has extended the Bush doctrine by declaring his unilateral right, as secret prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner, to destroy anybody, anywhere in the world, including American citizens, suspected to be engaged in alleged terrorist activities, all this vaguely and loosely defined as anti-U.S. security.” He continues, “Inspired by the military actions of the Clinton administration, the Obama and Bush teams made a seamless...
  • LETTER: Ralph Nader questions Obama administration’s ‘legal authority’ to shut out Fannie and

    02/23/2014 8:52:41 AM PST · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 2/22/14 | Patrick Howley
    full title...LETTER: Ralph Nader questions Obama administration’s ‘legal authority’ to shut out Fannie and Freddie shareholders from future profits....Political activist and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader is questioning the “legal authority” of the Obama administration’s secret decision to prevent Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shareholders from obtaining any future earnings in the government sponsored enterprises (GSE). Nader slammed the administration’s actions in a letter he sent to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, which was obtained by The Daily Caller. The administration’s decision to shut out shareholders means that the mortgage-lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which received a $189.5...
  • The Republican Party’s uphill path to 270 electoral votes in 2016

    01/19/2014 9:22:33 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 104 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1-18-14 | Dan Balz
    A recent conversation with a veteran of GOP presidential campaigns raised this question: Which, if any, of the recent battleground states are likely to become more Republican by 2016? The consensus: very few. That reality highlights one problem Republicans face as they seek to regain the White House after six years under President Obama. Lots of factors affect elections: the quality of the candidates, the state of the economy, the effectiveness of the campaigns. But in a country whose demographics continue to change, Republicans will begin this campaign with one significant disadvantage. Over the past three decades, the political leanings...
  • TNR: Why, yes, ObamaCare is a trojan horse for single-payer

    01/06/2014 5:11:58 PM PST · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1/6/2014 | Allahpundit
    Now it can be told. Emphasis on “now”:Precisely. ObamaCare will stumble along for the rest of the year, with a new wave of public irritation to come once small businesses start dumping employees onto the exchanges en masse, but the prospects for repeal will remain dim even if the GOP takes back the Senate. The numbers in Congress just aren’t there to beat an Obama veto, and by 2017 so many millions will have been assimilated into the program that some critical mass of GOP centrists will end up taking a “mend it, don’t end it” approach. Only an adverse-selection...
  • Good Sense and Gun Control

    01/22/2013 11:52:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    In the early 1980s, transit officials in Washington couldn't figure out why traffic on the Beltway would grind to a near halt every day around the exact same time. The usual explanations didn't fit. Then it was discovered that a single driver was to blame. Every day on his drive to work, this commuter would plant himself in the left lane and set his cruise control to 55 mph, the posted speed limit, forcing those behind him to merge right, and you can imagine the effects. To his credit, this driver came forward in a letter to the editor of...
  • Ralph Nader: Obama’s a ‘war criminal’

    09/25/2012 11:11:48 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies
    politico.com ^ | Sept. 25, 2012 | Patrick Gavin
    It’s no surprise that Ralph Nader isn’t a fan of former President George W. Bush. After all, the longtime activist ran against him in both 2000 and 2004. But Nader’s even less a fan of President Barack Obama, if only because he thinks Obama was capable of so much more. On issues related to the military and foreign policy, Obama’s worse than Bush, “in the sense that he’s more aggressive, more illegal worldwide,” Nader told POLITICO, going so far as to call Obama a “war criminal.” “He’s gone beyond George W. Bush in drones, for example. He thinks the world...
  • Ralph Nader: Where is Obama’s promised minimum-wage hike?

    07/24/2012 2:24:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Reuters' The Great Debate ^ | July 24, 2012 | Ralph Nader
    During the 2008 campaign, presidential candidate Barack Obama made a pledge to raise the minimum wage to $9.50 per hour by 2011. Promises like this one inspired a generation of young voters, excited long-neglected progressive voters and gave hope to millions of his supporters across the country. President Obama ran a campaign of soaring rhetoric and uplifting ideas. Amidst two unpopular wars, a rapidly deteriorating financial crisis and the wildly unpopular presidency of George W. Bush, Americans were desperate for a change. He was viewed as a “transformational” candidate, a president who would turn the page on the stagnant politics...
  • Ralph Nader: 'Cowering' Democrats face defeat

    07/07/2012 9:05:49 AM PDT · by sr4402 · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/6/12 10:32 AM EDT | WILLIAM BERGSTROM
    Ralph Nader: 'Cowering' Democrats face defeat
  • Left pushes for $10 minimum wage, but House Democratic leadership balks

    06/07/2012 6:42:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 7, 2012 | Mike Lillis
    The House Democrats pushing for a steep hike in the minimum wage could face an unlikely foe: their own leadership. Behind Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (Ill.), almost two dozen liberal Democrats endorsed legislation this week to raise the federal minimum wage immediately from $7.25 to $10 per hour, the first such increase in three years. The lawmakers think they’ve found a winning issue in an election cycle that’s featured the rise of the Occupy movement, criticism of Mitt Romney’s path to wealth and a class-centered fight over the Bush-era tax rates. But no Democratic leaders have endorsed the measure, and...
  • Maine: Nader Pursuing Lawsuit Over His Ballot Access in 2004

    04/22/2012 10:51:44 PM PDT · by thecodont · 5 replies
    Associated Press via The New York Times/NYTimes.com ^ | Published: April 19, 2012 | By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    A lawyer for the consumer advocate Ralph Nader says he wants a Maine jury to hear his lawsuit from the 2004 election now that it has been reinstated by the state’s high court. The lawyer, Oliver Hall, said Thursday that Mr. Nader, who ran for president as an independent, will continue to pursue his claims that Democrats and others conspired to try to keep him off the ballot in Maine and more than a dozen other states
  • DUmmie FUnnies 03-08-12 (What Rush Limbaugh Said)

    03/08/2012 7:06:20 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 22 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | March 8, 2012 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    Did you hear the SHOCKING thing that Rush Limbaugh said? No, I'm not talking about his comments on Georgetown Fluke who supposedly has so much sex that she can't afford the nine bucks a month it would cost her to get birth control pills from Walmart. I am referring to the OVERLOOKED comments that Rush made this week on the subject of oil. If you want to know what will determine the outcome of this election it will be the economy, stupid, and most specifically about the UNNECESSARY rise in the price of gasoline due to Obama's idiotic policies...
  • Ron Paul Hates Republicans and Everything They Stand For

    01/13/2012 7:26:17 PM PST · by mnehring · 89 replies
    Most people already know that Ron Paul refused to endorse John McCain in the 2008 general election. While I don’t necessarily agree with that decision, especially from a contender for the GOP nominee, I can certainly understand it. Lord knows I hated every nice thing I had to say about John McCain and wasn’t entirely pleased about pulling the lever for him (which is a dramatic understatement). Most people assume that Paul endorsed Libertarian candidate Bob Barr in 2008, which is partially true. However, that is not the entire story. Paul also endorsed three other candidates.The first of those was...
  • Nader: White House Pressured Democrats Not To Challenge Obama

    01/08/2012 12:13:28 PM PST · by Son House · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/07/12 | Daniel Strauss
    Ralph Nader is accusing the White House of applying political pressure to stop Democrats who were considering a primary challenge against the president. The consumer activist and former presidential candidate, who had been searching for a prominent Democrat to challenge President Obama, told The Hill he has given up his effort. “I hate to say but it’s over,” Nader told The Hill. Last year, Nader said there was an almost 100 percent chance Obama would face a primary challenge. Nader explained that he had planned to organize a slate of six candidates to primary Obama on a variety of issues....
  • [Excerpts from] Debate: Are Bush and Obama War Criminals?

    12/13/2011 12:51:18 PM PST · by american_steve · 4 replies
    World-class attorney David Rivkin speaks about the legal issues surrounding the Iraq and Afghanistan wars at a debate held by the Center for Study of Responsive Law in Washington, D.C. Introduced by Ralph Nader. Link to YouTube video: http://youtu.be/sqkHOcqiKAg
  • Debate Series Continues on Bush and Obama War Strategies

    11/28/2011 8:25:13 AM PST · by Martin_Schmidt · 1 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 11/28/2011 | Staff
    Video link from Ralph Nader and the Center for Study of Responsive Law’s “Debating Taboos” series on Friday, November 18 with “Bush/Obama: War Crimes or Lawful Wars?” The debate format consists of two moderators and four debaters. Arguing against the proposition that Bush and Obama engaged in war crimes are attorneys David Rivkin and Lee Casey. Rivkin served in the Department of Justice under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and is renowned for articulate commentary on the U.S. Constitution and presidential war powers. Casey, Rivkin’s frequent collaborator, also served in the DOJ under Reagan and H.W. Bush, and...
  • Are Bush And Obama War Criminals?

    11/10/2011 9:51:58 AM PST · by american_steve · 11 replies · 1+ views
    OfficialWire, DavidRivkin.com ^ | 11/10/2011 | Colin Fuess
    Ralph Nader and the Center for Study of Responsive Law’s “Debating Taboos” series continues Friday, November 18 with “Bush/Obama: War Crimes or Lawful Wars?” The debate format consists of two moderators and four debaters. Arguing against the proposition that Bush and Obama engaged in war crimes are attorneys David Rivkin and Lee Casey. Rivkin served in the Department of Justice under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and is renowned for articulate commentary on the U.S. Constitution and presidential war powers. Casey, Rivkin’s frequent collaborator, also served in the DOJ under Reagan and H.W. Bush, and currently specializes in...
  • Could 2012 Be A Three Or Even Four Way Contest?

    10/05/2011 10:53:00 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 10 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 10/05/11 | CaroleL
    With recent polls showing President Barack Obama's approval rating continuing to plummet and the vast majority of Republicans still undecided about the current GOP field of contenders, could next year's presidential campaign turn into a three- or even four-way race? While many liberals have become increasingly frustrated with Mr. Obama's string of broken promises, many conservatives are worried that the GOP will settle for someone too moderate leaving room on both ends of the ideological spectrum for another candidate (or two). There's also the possibility that a seemingly apolitical contender could be the choice of many voters who have all...
  • Nader's Newfound Love for Palin Based on Misconceptions

    09/19/2011 10:25:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News / Associated Content ^ | September 19, 2011 | Mark Whittington
    Ralph Nader's sudden respect for Sarah Palin can only be understood by concluding Nader has only a superficial understanding of Palin's disdain for corporations that use connections with government to get unfair advantage. Nader just sees Palin attacking corporations and, as an anti-capitalist crusader for the past five decades, gets a warm feeling in his heart. Mind, he still hates her aggressive foreign policy stance, but he really likes her taking on those big, evil oil companies. The problem is, as Nader will no doubt shortly discover, while his approach to anti-corporatism stems from a socialistic perspective, Palin's comes from...
  • Ralph Nader praises Sarah Palin

    09/19/2011 11:01:37 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 42 replies
    Salon ^ | Monday September 19, 2011 | Justin Elliot
    Ralph Nader hearts Sarah Palin? We decided to call the longtime left crusader about a speech Palin gave in Iowa earlier this month, one which seemed to mark the transformation of Palin from a standard-issue movement conservative to something more independent and more reformist. And Nader told us he liked what he heard. "I think she's a lot smarter than most people credit her," says Nader. "Judging by her comments, she is squarely in the camp of conservative populism, opposed to corporatism and its corporate state." Palin delivered the speech in question in Indianola, Iowa, on Sept. 3. As Anand...
  • Nader Pushes For New Democratic Candidate

    09/16/2011 7:39:18 AM PDT · by Old Teufel Hunden · 15 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sept 15, 2011 | Amy Woods
    Consumer advocate and progressive liberal Ralph Nader said Thursday he will send a letter to a targeted group of 40 former university presidents, retired congressmen, progressive business leaders and civic activists and ask them to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012. “The pitch is this: Look, take six months off from your routine, form a slate, challenge Obama in the primaries,” Nader said on Fox News. The letter will go out in “a few days,” he said.
  • Ron Paul and Ralph Nader Outline Progressive-Libertarian Agenda

    08/29/2011 5:45:07 PM PDT · by mnehring · 43 replies
    Trend forecaster Gerald Celente may have been right when he predicted more than a year ago a future alliance between progressives and libertarians.  On Fox News' Freedom Watch, Ron Paul and Ralph Nader appeared together to highlight many of the points of agreements between Tea Party activists and progressives on the left.  Nader explained how Tea party Congresspeople are different from other Republicans in Congress, to the extent that they are genuine libertarian conservatives and not corporatists.  Corporatists believe in corporate government. They are great allies with many liberals and progressives, to challenge the bloated military budgets, to challenge undeclared wars overseas,...
  • Nader rules out another run but ‘almost 100 percent’ certain Obama will face primary challenge

    08/05/2011 8:47:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/05/2011 | Steven Nelson
    Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate and perennial third-party presidential candidate, announced last month that he would work to find a Democrat to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012. Nader now says that a primary challenge is a near certainty. “What [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...
  • Denouncing the tax deal - (Dems: "On issue after issue, he's shown he has no backbone")

    12/09/2010 9:48:30 PM PST · by STARWISE · 32 replies
    MSNBC/Bing ^ | 12-9-10
    (This panel, these virtual outright threats to Obama occurred tonight on MSNBC's The Last Word, hosted by Lawrence O'Donnell, with panelists Rabbi Michael Lerner (Editor-Tikkun), Jane Hamsher, Ralph Nader, and Alan Grayson). Video - Denouncing the Tax Deal (MSNBC page under 'top video stories').
  • Nader: Obama’s a “con man,” hints at indie run in 2012

    12/10/2010 7:09:07 AM PST · by mandaladon · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10 Dec 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    No good progressive rebellion would be complete without hearing from Ralph Nader, and the two-time presidential candidate and notorious spoiler finally weighed in on the tax deal Barack Obama cut with the GOP. Needless to say, Nader is less than impressed with the President, and demanded a primary challenge from the left to defeat the “con man” currently in the White House. And if one doesn’t step forward, well, Nader might pull his campaign out of mothballs and give it one more go himself: “He has no fixed principles,” Nader said, of Mr. Obama. “He’s opportunistic — he goes for...
  • Lefties let loose at Public Citizen tribute to Phil Donahue: Love him, hate (almost) everybody else

    07/26/2010 7:30:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies · 1+ views
    WashPo 'blogs ^ | July 19, 2010 | The Reliable Source
    Get a bunch of lefties together, mix liberally with wine, and the bombs start exploding. Public Citizen, the consumer group founded by Ralph Nader, gave its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award to Phil Donahue on Thursday night at the National Press Club. There were plenty of tributes for the talk show host, but it was impossible for the room full of pumped-up progressives to get through the evening without finding plenty of people to criticize -- including Barack Obama. "We have a president that many of us, particularly here on the left, we really want to cheer," investigative journalist Seymour Hersh...
  • Vermont to Design a Single Payer Health Care System

    05/31/2010 10:28:50 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies · 466+ views
    Fire Dog Lake ^ | 29 May 2010 | Jon Walker
    In Vermont, a bill that could possibly lead to a government-run single payer health care system is now state law. Republican Gov. Jim Douglas chose not to veto the bill, letting it become law without his signature. At issue, Senate Bill 88 (PDF), creates a commission to design and create an implementation plan for three different health care systems. One of the options that the commission will design is a single payer health care system and one will be a health care system that includes the choice of a state-run public option along side private health insurance. There is no...
  • Nader blasts Obama, won't rule out 2012 run

    06/21/2010 3:11:55 PM PDT · by Qbert · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/21/2010 | Eric Zimmerman
    Ralph Nader denounced President Obama's lack of leadership on Monday and said he was leaning against, but would not rule out, a 2012 presidential bid. In a radio interview with liberal activist Mark Green, Nader said that Obama had resorted to "mealy-mouthed, well-composed rhetoric" on the BP oil spill but hasn't backed it up with real action, like banning BP from doing business with the government. He added that a stubborn Congress is no excuse for not passing a strong climate bill. "That's a cop out. Would LBJ not be able to get it through when he had 59 Democrats...
  • DC 3/20 End The Occupations Now!! (At 3/20/2010 DC Protest, Did Left-Wingers Shout "Jews Out Now"?

    04/07/2010 11:25:41 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 7 replies · 442+ views
    YouTube.com ^ | 3/26/2010 | Urbandisasterrecords
    ...Rocking DC anti-war rally featuring Imam Mahdi Bray, Ralph Nader, IVAW's Matthis Chiroux... Thanks to the ANSWER coalition for all their hard work...
  • Ralph Nader Urged To Run For Senate

    11/27/2009 8:53:57 PM PST · by MitchellC · 21 replies · 1,122+ views
    WFSB ^ | November 27, 2009
    WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- The state Green Party is hoping to enlist a new candidate to run against Sen. Chris Dodd in 2010. Friday, the party urged Winsted-native Ralph Nader, the 76-year-old frequent presidential candidate, to jump into the race. Nader has experience running in national elections, having run for president three times. Nader was in West Hartford on Friday for a book signing. At the same time, supporters are urging him to get into what they called one of the hottest political races in the country. “If enough people, hundreds and hundreds of people urge Ralph Nader to run,...
  • Ralph Nader in Heated Exchange with O'Reilly Refuses to Call Fort Hood a "Terrorist Attack" - Video

    11/11/2009 8:28:52 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 13 replies · 581+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | November 11, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Ralph Nader on with Bill O'Reilly tonight where he refused to call the Fort Hood attack a "terrorist attack." Instead, he said he would only choose to call it a "massacre." In fact, Nader got upset with O'Reilly for even asking him about it, saying instead that he came onto the show to talk about his new book. O'Reilly responded by saying Nader was "dodging" the question. . . . (VIDEO)
  • 'We Are Trying On Every Front To Increase The Role Of Government'

    10/26/2009 6:42:48 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 5 replies · 751+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Give Ed Schultz credit for something: on his MSNBC show this evening, he hosted an amusing smackdown between Barney Frank and Ralph Nader, perhaps the two most morose public men in America. For once, Barney was attacked from the left. The gist of Ralph's rebuke was that Frank hasn't gone far enough in regulating the financial industry. Frank was finally so provoked that he claimed/admitted that when it comes to regulation, Democrats are "trying on every front to increase the role of government." View video here.
  • Ralph Nader, Fiction Writer (Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!)

    09/23/2009 3:46:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 682+ views
    Time ^ | 9/23/09 | Tim Morrison
    Ralph Nader has been many things: lawyer, consumer-rights bulldog, political activist and perennial third-party presidential candidate. He has now added a new title to his business card: fiction writer. His latest book, Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!, is a 700-page populist fantasy in which a small group of billionaires and media moguls — led by Warren Buffett and including Ted Turner, George Soros, Bill Cosby, Yoko Ono and Phil Donahue — pool their massive resources to reform the U.S. With the help of a $15 billion war chest and a p.r. campaign starring a talking parrot, the group successfully...
  • The Ralph Nader Lie of the Day

    08/15/2009 10:29:39 AM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 2 replies · 155+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | August 15, 2009 | David Swindle
    Over at at “progressive” news site CommonDreams.Org, the lead story today was a call-to-arms by anti-capitalist activist Ralph Nader in which the perennial third-party presidential candidate tried to motivate “single-payer” health care advocates by lying to them: The guess here is that Obama will sign anything which squirms through a cowardly Congress that cannot give to the American people in 2009 the health care system Congress stopped President Harry Truman from establishing in 1950. It is up to the people of our country to “make him do it” whether this year or next. A mere one million immediate calls to...
  • THE GOOD DOCTOR? (DEAN-MAINE GOVERNOR(D)SNEAKS AWAY FROM FANCY DEMOCRATIC SHINDIG)

    08/10/2003 6:08:19 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 17 replies · 1,078+ views
    Portland Phoenix ^ | August 10, 2003 | LANCE TAPLEY
    Dr. Howard Dean’s fans come out for the big Democratic summer shindig As Tom Andrews, the director of the leading national antiwar coalition, began his speech at the Maine Democrats’ big outdoor summer shindig in Falmouth, John Baldacci signaled his bodyguard/driver to move the large, dark SUV up the driveway. The vehicle soon hid in the trees, its engine quietly humming. At first, the governor seemed to be paying attention as Andrews, the former First District congressman, launched into rousing tales of how the country, under President George W. Bush, had gone "from peace and prosperity to war and recession."...
  • Consumer lobbyist Claybrook honored by lawmakers [McCain praising liberals] [Ralph Nader]

    06/10/2009 7:46:42 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies · 393+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-06-10 | Christine Simmons
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers rarely shine a positive spotlight on lobbyists, much less publicly toast them and rave about their style on Capitol Hill. But they did just that on Tuesday night for consumer advocate Joan Claybrook, who retired earlier this year as the head of the watchdog group Public Citizen. The organization held a dinner event in honor of her 27-year leadership. Claybrook has become known as one of Washington's most relentless consumer-interest lobbyists. Her work has influenced rules on auto safety standards, congressional ethics, campaign finance and more. Among the lawmakers who praised Claybrook's efforts were House Speaker...