Perennial spoiler Ralph Nader has announced he intends to enter this year’s presidential contest according to the Associated Press. Nader is scheduled on the “meet the Press” program this morning. According to The Wall Street Journal:
Barack Obama said today during a visit at the Ohio State University Medical Center that he wasn’t terribly concerned about the prospect of a Nader campaign. “I think the job of the Democratic Party is to be so compelling that a few percentage [points] of the vote going to another candidate is not going to make any difference.”
It was, however, those few percentage points of the vote which gave “W” his margin of victory in Florida in 2004. Nader is hated by many Democrats for that reason and is bound to incur their wrath this time around as well. It wasn’t all that long ago when another spoiler named Ross Perot had handed the victory to Bill Clinton in 1992. In that race Perot received 18.9% of the vote compared to Clinton’s 43%.The indefatigable Nader will be 74 in a few days.
The Green Party folks have a draft Nader movement in place and have been especially excited by a Nader candidacy since John Edwards left the race in January.
This has got to auger well for the Republicans.