Ralph Nader: Dems Face Losses to “Most Craven Republican Party in History”

Democracy Now:

With total campaign spending projected to hit $4 billion, the 2010 election is on track to be the most expensive non-presidential contest in US history. For analysis of the 2010 midterms, we speak to former presidential candidate and longtime consumer advocate and corporate critic, Ralph Nader. [includes rush transcript]

3 thoughts on “Ralph Nader: Dems Face Losses to “Most Craven Republican Party in History”

  1. Carey Campbell

    Thanks for post, Paulie. Both video and transcript are available. Ralph looks charged up.

    Nader on Bloomberg, and Green Party’s Howie Hawkins tonight on Democracy Now!

    AMY GOODMAN: Ralph Nader, if the polls are correct and the Republicans take over the House, at least, John Boehner has already said that they will push to overturn the healthcare reform legislation, and there will be a number of subpoenas that got out, investigations like we saw with Whitewater under Clinton. What are your thoughts about this?
    RALPH NADER: This is a dream come true for Mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York City. There’s going to be gridlock, enormous acrimony. The temperament of John Boehner is conducive to that, and his cohorts. And the Senate is going to be more gridlocked than ever, not only because of its rules, because of its composition after today. And people are going to be angrier than ever. And it’s going to open up an opportunity for someone like Mike Bloomberg, with his base among mayors all over the country and his independent wealth and his activity in New York City, to run as an independent candidate. I think we’re going to have at least a three-way race, and I hope we’ll have a four-, five- or six-way race, with Green Party and Libertarian and Peace and Freedom Party and others, whose agendas are very often right on in terms of majoritarian support. So, that’s what’s going to happen. I think after today, Mayor Bloomberg is going to revise his calculus. He almost jumped in in 2008. And he’s going to say, this is the incredible year of opportunity for the Mayor of New York.

    AMY GOODMAN: And what do you think people should do today, Ralph Nader?
    RALPH NADER: I think they should always vote their conscience, vote for people they believe in, like Howie Hawkins, who I’ve supported, from Syracuse, running for governor of New York. And if Democrats vote for him, they don’t have to worry. Cuomo is going to go in in a landslide, so they can vote their conscience. But I believe that when people don’t vote their conscience and they don’t vote who they believe in, what are they voting for?

  2. Carey Campbell

    I do not agree with Mr. Nader that this is a dream come true for Mr. Bloomberg.

    Michael Bloomberg wants only the best for America, and the citizens of our country.

    Mr. Nader is correct in that this may present an opportunity for positive change. The positive change we described at our press conference at the National Press Club in The Bloomberg Room on Oct 14, 2010 with many Green Party candidates from across America.

    Michael Bloomberg could lead Independents, Independence, and Green Parties to form America’s third major party. That we believe can lead to the positive solutions the nation needs.

  3. Thane Eichenauer

    While Bloomberg may have more money to spend on his campaign I can’t see any reason why he wouldn’t end up being the national version of Charlie Crist. Mike Bloomberg has positions that don’t appeal to free market voters and unless he is some kind of Ron Paul non-interventionist Democrat then he will fracture the modern day Democrat vote making it even easier for a Republican (or Libertarian) to win in 2012.

    Bloomberg does have 2 published books out (who knew? not me) so maybe that would make a difference.

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