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  •  Nader's comment (6+ / 0-)

    was so bad that he's completely tainted his entire legacy, as far as I'm concerned.
    The guy is seriously treading through areas that only Alan Keyes has explored.

    •  Alan Keyes! (1+ / 0-)
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      He must be mad ... "That Obama just beat me again, first in Illinois and then as a succesful black candidate for President!"

      Although I did notice Keyes and most black conservatives were noticeably quiet this year (with the exception of Thomas Sowell).

    •  He thinks he's talking truth to power. (6+ / 0-)

      His lifelong gig: taking on corporate power and vested interests. Speak bluntly. Make no compromises, take no prisoners. Black-and-white propositions. It's served him well, and he's done priceless and selfless crusading work, no denying that.

      But Nader the Raider turns into Nader the Jerk in polite company, because he doesn't adapt. He stays in 'Raider' mode by default, and that makes him an asshole.

      Yeah, sure, he had a valid point: every President has to choose between sucking up to corporations, or slapping them down. Being Nader, he didn't bother asking himself

      -- is it possible that Obama knows that too?
      -- could it be that Obama's not only made his choice, but already stated it in no uncertain terms?
      -- if I still need to stress the point, must I do it publicly, on the record?
      -- must I do it now, in his moment of glory?
      -- must I do it that way? Using the most loathsome analogy possible?

      David against corporate Goliaths, and worthy of honour for it. A dick in any other kind of public life, who has no business imagining himself in the Oval Office.

      Fundamentals are what McCain pulls out of his fundament.

      by gotgat54 on Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 09:23:43 PM PST

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      •  You have nailed Nader perfectly. (2+ / 0-)
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        gotgat54, Lize in San Francisco

        This is the best run down on his psychology and methodology that I've yet seen from critics.  Nader's comment, and refusal to recant it, was a loathsome thing.  It's sad, for me, to hear the thud of a once great man as he hits the floor.  His uncompromising nail-them-till-they-drop attitude has gone too far.

        "It's time to start all over/make a new beginning." - Tracy Chapman

        by rainmanjr on Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 10:03:05 PM PST

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        •  There's also his tone-deafness. (3+ / 0-)

          He seemed remarkably oblivious of the subtext. He probably didn't intend any; his words usually mean no more and no less than stated. But here's the subtext anyone else could hear:

          By virtue of being an African-American, Obama would be even more prone to going all servile and conciliatory towards the big white corporate establishment. That's why he needs an especially strong warning early in the game.

          That's the insensitivity which is costing him now. He's become obsolete and irrelevant.

          Fundamentals are what McCain pulls out of his fundament.

          by gotgat54 on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 03:54:07 AM PST

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