This morning Ralph Nader announced his candidacy as a 3rd party candidate.
Many Democrats blame Nader for costing them the White House in 2000; Nader (who received 2.7% of the national vote) says that the Democrats are to blame for costing themselves the White House.
Mike Huckabee, apparently agreeing with Democrats, said that Nader’s prior runs for the White House have taken votes from the Democrats “So naturally, Republicans would welcome his entry into the race….” With the Democrats appearing to be able to unite behind whatever candidate gets their nomination, while a different story seems to be seen in Republicans who do not seem quite as cohesive in supporting McCain at this point; this causes me to I wonder who will blame Nader for costing them the White House this time around.
I see Ron Paul, a man who is willing to make some hard statements, as the Republican version of Ralph Nader (I mean that in a positive way.) With that, I wonder if he will make a 3rd party announcement after the Republican convention later this year? With Nader and Paul running as 3rd party candidates, and if the media sources will take them seriously and give them equal time, then this election could be an interesting one!