With a political campaign American Driver: The Late Ralph Nader:to cover debts run up after a lackluster 2004 campaign, Ralph Nader might finally be out of the political scene. Automobile Magazine has written his eulogy —
If Nader had run for the presidency twenty-five years earlier, he might have earned himself a seat in the Cosmic Political Poker Game. He might have brought out enough of his fellow Safety Nazis, Eco Weenies, Bed Wetters, and Hand Wringers to force the mainstream presidential candidates to deal with him. We have mercifully forgotten how many such people ran loose in the body politic back in the days of George McGovern and Eugene McCarthy. Those were the days when a presidential candidate like Nader could run a campaign around the idea that everybody he knew was afraid of the dark.
Actually, I thought Bush’s campaign was a massive bet that people were afraid of the dark… of the Middle East.