Ralph Nader has given GeeDub the keys to the White House twice. His votes would have definitely gone to the democratic candidate and would have easily won the election for them. I have often wondered why Nader does this. Yes, I have listened to his 'official' reasoning. His main points were (interpreted by me): "Both parties are equally to blame and a new party is our only hope." "We cannot win this election, but we can get enough votes for federal campaign money" Now, this sounded real good to the young university crowd he was speaking to, but I found some serious logic flaws in it. Nader is promoting an environmental agenda. Great, we sure need one. But, how can anyone, who cares about the environment, turn the full weight of the republican-corporate rapers-military industrial complex loose on it? In less than six years, over three decades of environmental progress has been completely erased. What were you thinking, Ralph? Nader's claim, that the democratic party also has issues, is like saying it rains in Seattle. Is that a reason to put GeeDub in power? If you are really sincere about starting a movement, which can spawn a vital political party, it has to start at the grassroots. It must start with wining local elections, state legistatures seats, and then congressional positions. Maybe then you can look to the presidency. So, this entire dog and pony show just looked too convenient for GeeDub. Nader comes out of (seemingly) nowhere at election time. He makes a lot of passionate speechs to young, idealogical groups. He captures the young liberal vote. Game, set, match... So, why would Ralph do this? I thought back to when I was in college. My degree is in Poly Sci. A friend, was working on his thesis about the growing influence of advocacy groups compared to classical lobbying. Nader's work in consumer work was often mentioned, and discussed amongst he and I. We both felt Nader was egocentric, often engaged in self-aggrandizement, but was effective (for mainly those reasons). But, would he put someone like GeeDub in power for his own ego? I could not imagine someone with a clear conscience doing that. Regardless of what led him to hand over the first election, I was absolutely shocked when he did it again four years later. By then, it was obvious what was happening to environmental management. Every federal agency had been given the green-flag to drop protection and accommodate corporate America. There is no way Ralph could not see what role he played in the GeeDub rape of the environment. Yet, he did the same exact thing, even though virtually every democratic-liberal person of influence tried to dissuade him. He did know. The only thing that makes sense to me is, Ralph did not, and probably does not, have a choice in the matter. I suspect someone on the bad side has the goods on Ralph. There have been many rumors in the past. Who knows? If we are going to win back this country, we do not have a lot of time left. The traditional conservatives were generally people of principal. The new right is really a scary group. They will have had 8 years to dig-in deep. They will be hard to erradicate. Should we give them another 4 years? I do not think so. Ralph Nader must not be allowed to come out of mothballs and divide the liberal/moderate voters. Many of you are in college. Consider this when Ralph comes knocking.