I didn't say Nader was solely responsible. I said he was responsible, and he was. There is no doubt that without Nader's foolhardy egocentric campaign, Al Gore would have been president. Does the Democratic Party and Gore himself bear responsibility. Of course. Does Bill Clinton. Yes. The point is that Nader knew the potential of what he was doing and did it anyway. He also knows this could also be a tight election and he's trying to do it again. Luckily, the world now knows he's a fool and not nearly as many people take him seriously as in 2000. Never has a good man fallen so far.
I can't watch the once-great Nader anymore. He is more interested in grabbing attention than in the good of the country. He could have prevented 8 years of George W. Bush but for his own ego. That buys him the right to be ignored at best, and more probably ridiculed. He did this to the country. He should just shut the hell up.
With a little over a month to the election. He can't pick a new running mate without a really, REALLY good reason, like Palin or a member of her family becomes ill. She's got a 5 month old Down's syndrome child and a 17 year old pregnant daughter, and she still decided running for VP was a good idea. What kind of family issue could cause her to resign?
No, I don't think she'll be leaving. It would be equivalent to McCain saying, "Ya. My judgment sucks, but please vote for me anyway."
NH is a bastion of right wingnuts in the midst of the liberal northeast. We've only recently moved from the red to purple hues. There are more "undeclared" voters here than either Republicans or Democrats. In a state whose motto is "Live Free or Die," we tend to love that "maverick" thing. We're fighting McCain, or at least his image, being sort of a natural fit to the self-image of the state.
I'm hopeful Obama can take New Hampshire, but they'd better spend some money here.
New Hampshire has always been in play. Palin is being used as an excuse for some of those who don't want to vote for Obama to be sure. McCain has always been very popular here. It's his stronghold of support in the northeast. I think the Obama campaign is mistakenly scrimping on distributing lawn signs here so visibility sucks. Its going to be a squeaker in New Hampshire. Lets hope Obama has a better ground game here than he did in the primary.
Speaking as a New Hampshirite, Delaware is like the other side of the planet and no one here would think of it as having anything in common with us. That said, I don't think there's an anti-Biden tilt, though I've recently heard some Republicans say they'd never vote for him. In fact, I think Biden's shoot-from-the-hip style plays well here.
So in one fell swoop Bill says that if you're committed to Obama you're not concerned about what he'll do and plays into the Republican meme that the Obama campaign is more emotion than substance. Bill gives the impression he can't both be positive about Obama AND talk about substance. How ridiculous.
I used to be a big Bill Clinton fan, but if he can't open his mouth without praising McCain and drooling over Palin then he should just go away until Nov. 5. His strategy seems to be to gain votes for McCain/Palin while mouthing half-hearted support for the Democratic ticket.
"I come from Arkansas. I get why she is hot out there," he said authoritatively, adding: "People look at her, and they say, `All those kids. Something that happens in everybody's family. I'm glad she loves her daughter and she's not ashamed of her. Glad that girl's going around with her boyfriend. Glad they're going to get married.' " He said voters would think: "I like that little Down syndrome kid. One of them lives down the street. They're wonderful. ... And I like the idea that this guy does those long-distance races. Stayed in the race for 500 miles with a broken arm. My kind of guy."
On "The View," he said he understood that some women might vote for Palin on the basis of gender, even if it was against their economic interest.
"You can't tell someone else that the ground on which they make their voting decision is irrational," he said primly.
Well, actually you could, if you weren't still sulking and plotting for 2012.