I seems that most of the recent Presidential elections has featured a third candidate, which has drawn votes from the Democratic candidate. I am basing this from Richard Nixon to the last election. The first one of significance I recall was Paul Simon. Even though he did not win the Democratic nomination, he was able to monkey-wrench the election of Michael Dukakis. Ross Perot was expected to draw-off moderate votes from Bill Clinton. Unfortunately for the republicans, he did not just appeal to moderate Democrats, but he also attracted a great deal of interest from Goldwater republicans. It was pretty much a wash. The past two elections have seen one individual hand the election to GWB; Ralph Nader. I cannot argue his right to run as a 3rd party candidate. The truth be known, I would support a strong 3rd party, with an equally formidable Presidential candidate. But, Nader did not have one in 2000, 2004, and he does not have it now. I have tried to figure Nader out, at least the act of putting GW on the throne twice. "Green Party" - what a joke. The outcome was as predictable as the Sun rising (especially the second election). Ralph was not going to win. Even his ego is not so big to believe that. The votes he was diverting from Democratic party was going to be enough to tip the favor for Bush. And once GW sat down, he was going to begin his rape of the planet. Like I said, totally predictable. Only a complete buffoon could not see this coming. For awhile I suspected either someone had the goods on him, or they were slipping him some serious cash. However, I decided to give the man the benefit of the doubt. Maybe the man just cannot handle the thought of passing into obscurity without an occasional '15 minutes of fame' blast? If he pulls this **** next year, someone should attach him to a weather balloon. The republicans have also been bitten by the '3rd candidate'. But, not to the same level as the Democrats. So, is their another candidate out there, ready to throw a vote diverting hat into the ring? Of the current republican candidates, Ron Paul would seem to be a good choice, if he does not win in the primaries.