Confirmed: Nader is Thinking of Running

Last month, AB did some excellent investigation to determine who was behind the “Nader 2004 Exploratory Presidential Committee.” He determined that it was, indeed, Nader’s people.

Today, the BBC is confirming AB’s conclusion:

In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Nader said he was “testing the waters” by forming an exploratory committee to look into the possibility of running.

He said he wanted to be sure that he would have adequate funding and support to launch another presidential campaign. “I will make up my mind one way or the other in January,” he said.

What amazes me most, however, is the reason that Nader gives for considering another run:

Mr Nader was scathing about the choices offered by the Republicans and Democrats. “The country’s in real trouble and these two parties are converging more and more,” he said. “You just can’t stand by and watch the two parties, at varying speeds of decline, take down our country.”

I can’t just stand by and watch Nader spout such nonsense. It’s ridiculous to argue that both parties are taking down our country, given that only one of the two parties controls all three branches of government. And the two parties have probably not been this far apart on major issues since the 1960s. Can he really keep a straight face and say that things would be no different if Gore were president? That Gore would also have gutted environmental protections, given massive tax cuts to only the wealthy, sharply curtailed our civil liberties, and prosecuted an unprovoked war?

It’s irrational drivel and nonsense.