Full disclosure: Generally speaking, I don’t fully embrace either major political party, but I don’t particularly like any of the major third parties either (i.e. Constitutionalist, Libertarian, Green, Socialist, etc.). Issue for issue, I probably favor the Libertarian Democrat movement more than anything else, but I’m not sure that even qualifies as a political party yet.
I really have trouble understanding why Ralph Nader is bothering to run again. Granted, the major beneficial accomplishments he’s had were well before my time. I wasn’t around in the 60s and 70s to see his consumer advocacy at work. But that’s just it: has he been nearly as successful since then? Has he demonstrated the ability to get legislation passed in the last two or three decades?
Or, is he exactly what he looks like: an old white man who can’t move on from his past successes, despite his current failures. This man has been running for President since 1992, and hasn’t come close once. One would tend to assume a person claiming to be intelligent enough to be president would have taken the hint. One would tend to assume that a candidate still claiming to represent a majority of Americans would have had a better chance of winning some form of political office in the past decade.
I don’t like the two party system, but I do think that if you’re going to run for president, you should at least be a viable candidate. Perot showed the true potential of a third party run, but Nader has yet to come close. I don’t care if a person votes for a main party candidate, a third party candidate, or the family dog; it’s you’re vote, you can do what you like with it. However, if someone is waisting money for a presidential campaign that no sane person would consider viable, why would I vote for said fiscally irresponsible person? There are much better things to spend that sort of money on.
I could be wrong, but it really seems to me that Nader is way past his political prime, and is fundamentally unsuited to be president, if only because he refused to acknowledge that reality.