(ed: nader twists and turns in a suitably lawyerly manner – but any look at the basic maths of the situation shows clearly how nader/the green party enabled the election of bush jnr…and the invasion of iraq etc etc..all that shit that bush jnr did…
there is however one nugget of truth/takeaway in naders’ obfuscations – where he notes:
‘I got 97,000 votes [in Florida] and there were 537 votes before the recount – that separated Bush and Gore’.
everything else is self-serving bullshit – denial of what he did..
‘cos for all his faults – gore would have been a green president..
and that could hardly have turned out worse for america/the world..
than what bush jnr did..
and nader/the greens did that…
it is/was a benchmark/textbook case of splitting the vote and thus handing victory to erstwhile opponents –
-under a first past the post electoral system..
and no matter how much nader twists and turns – and tries to lawyer his way out of it – he can’t..)
Ralph Nader knows how you feel about the 2000 election and the presidency of George W. Bush all these years later.
He would like you know that none of that was his fault.
Toward the end of a Salon Talks interview last week with the legendary consumer advocate and democracy gadfly — who is now 84 years old but quotes dates – names – laws – vote totals and page numbers without hesitation — I asked Nader the inevitable question about 2000 – which he may have heard 2,000 times by now.
You know I told him that many people still blame you for how that election turned out and everything that happened afterwards.
He chuckled or perhaps cackled.
Nader is an amusing upbeat guy in person which you don’t necessarily expect from someone obsessed with the fine-grained details of consumer safety regulation and democratic reforms.
‘Yeah – everybody but Al Gore’ he said.
Gore lost to Bush in that fateful election – Nader says – for what he calls ‘the following sine qua non reasons’.
(He hasn’t practiced law for quite a while but must have been the kind of lawyer you hate seeing on the other side.)