Saturday, March 29, 2008

Nader's Wake Up Call to Hillary?

Well, if anything could pierce the myopia of Hillary Clinton, perhaps this letter from Nader would and could shake her and help her realize what's she's doing to the Democratic Party's goals:

Listen to your own inner citizen First Amendment voice. This is America. Just like every other citizen, you have a right to run. Whenever you like. For as long as you like.
Thank you, Nader.

Btw, Nicholas Kristof hinted at this in a column earlier this week, called Obama, Clinton - and Echoes of Nader, which after laying out all the hurdles Hillary faces and what she would have to do to win - the Tonya Harding option - finishes with this:

If Mrs. Clinton can run a high-minded, civil campaign and rein in her proxies, then she has every right to continue through the next few primaries, and the Democrats might even benefit from the bolstered attention and turnout. But if the brawl continues, then she and her husband may be remembered by many people who long admired them as having the same effect on Mr. Obama this November that Ralph Nader had on Al Gore in 2000.

Do the Clintons really want to risk becoming the Naders of 2008?

The Tonya Harding option is what a DNC official anonymously called what Clinton was doing. First reported on Tuesday at ABC News' Political Punch, Jake Tapper properly notes:

(In this metaphor, presumably, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., would be Oksana Baiul. Does that make former President Bill Clinton Jeff Gillooly?)

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