The Cicada Candidate

February 25, 2008

Like some deranged cicada with a quadrennial life cycle, Ralph Nader has emerged from his burrow to fly in circles and buzz about how there isn’t a nickel’s worth of difference between the Republicans and the Democrats in this presidential race. Therefore, Ol’ Buzz must once again clack his mandibles for the cause.

What cause is that? Beats me. While Bush has been playing Caesar in the Middle East and Harding in Washington D.C., Ralphie was invisible. If he had much of anything to say about opposing the surveillance state, protecting the Internet from corporate interference or demanding legal accountability for Bush’s cronies, I must not have gotten the memo.

Nader’s become an even uglier version of David Horowitz, with the difference that when Horowitz starts raving in public, you know he’s trying to scam some more money from conservative foundations. Who could poor Ralph be getting money from these days? Is there a Daddy Wingbucks stupid enough to think Nader can run again as a spoiler candidate? Those glory days are eight years behind us. Nowadays, Ralphie can’t spoil anything except the appetites of the people who once respected him as a shrewd and effective consumer advocate.

How infuriating for people who have been working steadily to raise awareness of corporate influence and manipulation in politics, and to promote legislation to curb the power of big money in politics, to know that while they will never get within a mile of Tim Russert’s microphone, this spotlight-hungry egomaniac will always be able to get attention.


3 Responses to “The Cicada Candidate”

  1. Scott Stiefel Says:

    Hell, he’s just keeping company with the other warmed-over ’90s personalities on the trail.

  2. Chucky Says:

    You can tell Nader jumped the shark when the Liberal Media drooled over him. They’re the same creatures in Babylon who refuse to give Ron Paul the time of day.

  3. Bill Bowman Says:

    That’s cuz Ron Paul is a complete nut. Nader’s only half a nut. We in the liberal media do have our standards, you know.

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