Nader’s Traitors

I have a piece in the New Republic this week on the progressive backlash to Ralph Nader’s 2008 Presidential campaign. Still smarting from the 2000 Florida recount, and Nader’s perceived role as a spoiler, many of Nader’s closest allies are now among his harshest critics. “There is no reason for him to run again, except his own ego,” one anti-Nader liberal told me. “He doesn’t have any credibility or access to people we already have access to. In the public-interest community, he presumes to speak for progressives, and we’re left behind cleaning up the shit,” another said. As Hillary and Obama duke it out for the Democratic nomination, Democrats also face the prospect of Nader’s presence to their left flank in a closely-contested fight with McCain this fall.

Read the full piece HERE

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