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Crashing the Party

I’ve been reading Ralph Nader’s book “Crashing the Party”. To anyone who questions why he “spoiled” the 2000 race, this is straight from the horses mouth. Nader is as always an impassioned and well spoken advocate of what he believes is the right thing to do. What I find most interesting is that he has few words of rancor for people who have treated him fairly shoddily at best over the past 30 years. He is equally critical of both major parties, and makes clear further why he was not interested in running as a Democrat or a Republican.

The book is largely a summarized campaign diary, and what I find most interesting is that is shows quite clearly the encounters and experiences he had that led him to believe that he takes as many voters away from a Republican candidate as from a Democrat, a belief he holds to this day. There is an undercurrent of political naivete, but if you want to understand the steps needed to really launch an independent campaign you could not do better than this.

What this country needs is more people with the energy and commitment of Nader to run. Not just liberals, but moderates and conservatives as well. That is what is needed to break the stranglehold that the Dems and Reps have on political power.

Posted by rev_matt_y at April 6, 2004 11:35 AM