this column was written it was reported on December
18, 2003 by John Whitesides, Political Correspondent
that Nader wants to run again for president in
2004. "Nader has started an exploratory presidential
committee to begin raising money for a campaign.
He said he was uncertain whether he would run
again for the Green Party, which has been split
on his possible candidacy, or mount an independent
we applaud the work of Ralph Nader and his plethora
of organizations on behalf of consumers and certainly
don't want to discourage alternative parties,
in this next election we need to all rally around
the chosen Democratic candidate to defeat Bush
and that must be our sole mission if we are to
save this country. To beat Bush in 2004 we cannot
afford to have Ralph Nader running again for President
regardless of how we might feel about him otherwise.
Or any other third party candidate who would draw
votes away from the Democratic nominee.
wanted to set up another viewer email campaign
urging Ralph Nader NOT to run again for president
in 2004 as either an Independent or Green Party
candidate but we were not able to locate a personal
email address for him. We then chose not to bombard
his organizations with emails for him. These are
good organizations that we support. Flooding their
mailboxes with protest letters is not what we
are about. Instead we decided to write this commentary
urging our viewers to do whatever you can to make
your feelings known about this issue so collectively
we might discourage Nader from seeking the presidency
in 2004. We urge you to try any number of the
following to accomplish this: Post messages to
politically active online newsgroups, write letters
to the editors of magazines and newspapers, or
contact your local Green Party organization expressing
your feelings on this matter. Most definitely
do not offer to work for Nader's presidential
campaign or donate money to his campaign. Besides,
Nader is a millionaire several times over and
can use his own money to satisfy his bloated ego.
If Nader discovers enough organized opposition
to his candidacy, maybe he will reconsider and
not run again in 2004.
has this effort become necessary?
in the November 24, 2003 issue of The Nation
(Ralph Redux? Not Only Democrats but Many Greens
Oppose a Nader Run in 2004, p. 16), Micah L. Sifry
states that "Ralph Nader is quietly gearing up
for his second serious bid for the presidency."
And that "any day now he will announce the formation
of a presidential exploratory committee, which
will allow him to start raising money and hiring
staff." To us at topplebush.com this is a very
troubling piece of information. It is our firm
belief that the reason our country is in such
a mess both domestically and abroad is because
Ralph Nader helped to secure the Presidency for
George Bush by running for President in 2000 at
the top of the Green Party ticket. Nader had absolutely
no chance of winning in 2000 but what he did accomplish
was to take enough votes away from Al Gore to
cost Gore the election.
has argued that it was Gore who lost the election
himself for a variety of reasons. We would personally
like to hear Nader admit his culpability in helping
to elect Bush because that in fact is the reality.
won the plurality of the votes nationwide by a
margin of almost 540,000 and won Florida too
under the vast majority of scenarios when all
of the ballots were scrutinized and re-counted
by various groups after the election had already
been decided. There's no doubt Gore made some
serious campaign blunders. But if you look at
the numbers from Florida, the state that swung
the election for Bush with its electoral votes,
got 97,419 votes in that state alone, way
more than enough to affect a vote margin of 537
-- the Bush certified margin over Gore in Florida.
In other words, if it hadn't been for Nader, Gore
would have easily won Florida, despite Jeb Bush
- Katherine Harris illegally purging 80,000 mostly
Democratic voters from the rolls, despite the
19,000 votes Gore lost to Buchanon because of
the Palm Beach Co. confusing butterfly ballot,
despite the counting of unlawful military ballots,
and despite the fixing of absentee ballots by
Republican Party operatives in two Florida Counties.
Read our excellent articles on the Florida election.
can't allow this to happen again in 2004. That's
why topplebush.com exists! We can't even allow
Nader to compete in so-called "Safe States" because
we don't need Nader campaigning against nor taking
much needed money away from the Democratic candidate,
regardless of whom it might be. All Nader can
do in the next election is help Bush.
to Sifry's article, many active members of the
Green Party understand quite well the implications
of Nader running again for President on their
ticket, and for that reason, they are also against
a Nader campaign for President. It's hard for
us to imagine who wants Nader to run except Nader
himself -- and of course, George Bush, which means
Nader's ego has taken control of his senses.
2004 election should be about beating Bush and
we need to stay extremely and narrowly focused
to accomplish this. Bush will have at least $200
million to spend and Governor Jeb in Florida to
help him again. The Democratic nominee shouldn't
have to battle Ralph Nader for money or votes.
message on this issue is now a new
t-shirt design we sell that says: "ABBA/Anybody
But Bush Again." And we mean it!
Posted: November 15, 2003