In the Loop

Hey Ralph Nader! Stop taking yourself so seriously!

Posted at 12:40 PM on September 29, 2008 by Sanden Totten (16 Comments)

Ralph Nader: he's still in it. He's polling pretty low though. And hasn't been invited to the big debates.

But apparently, when you're running for president and no one's paying attention, the best thing to do is have fun with it. First, there was his confessional with his parrot. Ralph proposes, in an unblinking deadpan delivery, that he should dress up like a panda.

And if that wasn't strange enough, Nader is now doing a video with the Obama Girl . . . called the Obama Girl and Ralph Nader show. The cheesy theme song is worth hearing. And keep an eye out for a very special guest appearance by a Minnesota political celebrity.

Comments (16)

MPR's two predominant reportorial postures, sanctimony and snide bemusement, are both nicely illustrated in this short hit piece. Leave it to the organ of moderate liberalism to publish this kind of superficial commentary about Ralph Nader, the only candidate in the race who stands for peace, universal health care, living wage, renewable energy, responsible financial policy on and on and on, while MPR regularly fawns over the latest establishment liberal candidate who can't quite bring himself to stand with the majority of Americans who also support these issues.

Posted by Gene Debs | September 29, 2008 1:39 PM

Actually many do care.

A large reason that Ralph Nader is polling less than he should be is that there is apparently a media blackout of his campaign, MPR included. Therefore, his poll results are good considering no media. Just imagine how he will poll given meaningful media coverage? Or opportunity to debate the duopoly of deceit?
"To know and not to do is not to know." Ralph Nader, 2008, [from Ming Dynasty].

Surely one now has sufficient evidence that both Obama and McCain, collectively and individually are selling us out to their corporate benefactors by signing off on "the bailout." Therefore, a vote for either is a vote against your, your family and friends' best interests.

A vote for Nader is a vote for truth, justice and the American Way (as it should be).

Vote your conscience-not party lines!

Posted by L.E. Fant of Las Vegas | September 29, 2008 2:09 PM

Instead of arguing about wasted votes, why don't you admit that the electoral system in America is broken and should be replaced with Instant Runoff Voting, or IRV.

Posted by sphereious | September 29, 2008 2:53 PM

Do you think if Nader were getting like, maybe one or two more votes, his crusade to let the people decide would end? The people have already decided. They're not interested in Nader. There isn't a "media blackout"; there is just very, very little interest in the curmudgeonly old coot.

We the people don't give a hang about Nader. Get used to it, Ralph!

Posted by Stephanie Spiccuzzo | September 29, 2008 3:15 PM

Save your smirks for the hacks who try to deceive the public every election cycle. I'm a conservative Republican who always voted Republican until 2004 when I found Nader was the only candidate who had the courage to speak honestly about the nation's ills. I disagree with many of his positions, but he remains one of the very few politicians who speaks the truth, unlike McCain and Obama, the stooges of Wall Street.
Until we have a decent and open system, when Nader, McKinney, and Ron Paul can get a hearing, we should stop pretending this is a functioning democracy.

Posted by Eddie | September 29, 2008 3:31 PM

Plenty of people are paying attention: RussiaToday (English language version) website headline: " US Independent candidate BANNED FROM DEBATES". Can anyone be proud to be American, after reading that? Voting for Republicans or Democrats is for SUCKERS.

Posted by George Tatevosyan | September 29, 2008 3:36 PM

So Nader's point is that the media will only pay any attention to him if he does fluff stuff like talking to a parrot or filming with Obama girl.

And Minnesota Public Radio proves him right. You're worse than fools, because the power you wield makes you dangerous.

Nader is the only guy talking truth about this economic mess and you want to talk about parrots.

The First Amendment is wasted on you.

Perhaps you should consider a career with FOX News.

Posted by Alex in Idaho | September 29, 2008 4:52 PM

I can only hope that our divided, distracted, diverted populace does something other than electing one of the corporate shills running, we’ve had 200 years to have a representative government, and still have a corporate power structure that has run us into the ditch YET
AGAIN! Lets do something different this time,
Vote Sanity, Vote Nader.

Posted by Tim Matthews | September 29, 2008 5:43 PM

I hear and see comments from people liking what Nader has to say, but will vote Obama anyway. What a shame. More and more people are starting to see the light despite our bias media. Maybe our President and Congress has pushed us too far this time. Our government is throwing it's people into the abyss of debt. I have to admit I was a citizen that thought my representatives were working for me and my family. NO MORE! Yes, maybe if I was very wealthy.
Let the big guys fall! I'm tired of the threats, and made to feel undeserving. POWER TO THE PEOPLE! VOTE RALPH NADER!

Posted by Jenn | September 30, 2008 3:46 AM

I'm going todonate some money to his campaign because of your biased trash.

Posted by terry | September 30, 2008 8:48 AM

Ralph's polling higher than ever. Where did you get your info? And thats with the major media blackout as before.

Posted by Shellerowe | September 30, 2008 9:03 AM

A recent CNN poll a couple of months ago showed nader at 6 percent. Thats millions and millions of supporters i the midst of a major media blackout .
Please get your facts nexttime instead of trying to scare people into ,not voting for this very viable candidate as democrats have done in the past.

Posted by Shell rowe | September 30, 2008 9:08 AM

Since there seems to be some confusion, let's clarify: The CNN poll showing Nader at 6 percent is from June. The Gallup poll Sanden references (showing him polling 1 percent) is from last month, the most recent we could find.

We did, however, just dig one up from a few days ago, conducted by Zogby: Nader at 1.6 percent.

Doesn't make it right, or fair -- but you can't accuse our boy of bias or distorting the facts. And the fact remains that it's Nader himself who has taken his campaign on this interesting turn. Hey -- got our attention!

- Jeff

Posted by Jeff Horwich | September 30, 2008 11:31 AM

I see alot of complaints about bias referring to this article, which is pretty silly, considering the fact that it's obviously an opinion piece.

I also see many complaints about media bias because Nader's campaign has been ignored. Some even go so far as to call it a "media blackout".

I mean, come-on, guys... right? Could someone tell me exactly what the media, or more specifically the news media is SUPPOSED to be reporting about Nader? He's been doing the exact same thing for so long that it's not news. Not at all. Even people who don't follow politics assume that he's running his little campaign again, and that, grasping the reality of the situation, nothing will come of it this time, either.

I'm no fan of the 2-party system, believe me, but with Nader it's the 2-party-and-a-side-of-feelgood system, and that's all it's ever going to be. If he were the great leader everyone wants, he would gain a bigger following, but he hasn't. Let's give the dead horse a rest, and find someone with the ability, the drive, and the necessary dynamism to get the job done.

In the mean time, people are just going to report on the candidate-cum-sideshow when he gets all Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show on us.

Posted by regularg0nz0 | September 30, 2008 1:05 PM

People are very angry about the attempted bank bailout by Congress this week. They are despising both major candidates at this point, and many are loathe to vote for either one of them in November. I suspect the poll numbers are going to change quite a bit now that Ron Paul has endorsed Chuck Baldwin and through the current economic crisis we are all seeing that the two parties are virtually the same.

Remember if you are voting for the "less of the two evils" you are still voting for evil. How good can you feel about that? Wouldn't you want to walk away from the polling station with pride about your choice in candidate? And if you are thinking of sitting it out because you believe elections are rigged and your vote doesn't count, consider this: every election year the corporations donate pretty much evenly between the two candidates. Don't you think if the election was already decided, they would just donate heavily to one side?

Speak out when you cast your vote!

Go Baldwin, McKinney, Nader 2008!!!!

(Me personally though, Nader. :-) Go Ralph!)

Posted by Nancy | September 30, 2008 1:48 PM

Ralph Nader warned us that the banks would rob us
because he followed the money from the banks to the two major parties. The bailout vote reflected that
money flow according to the center for responsive politics. THE YES VOTES WERE BOUGHT AND PAID FOR.Joe Biden's bankruptcy bill that stops credit card debtors and people losing their homes was an
untouchable in "bailout" negotiations. It pays to have one candidate in the race who is NOT FOR SALE for votes
that are also NOT FOR SALE.

Posted by STEVE CONN | September 30, 2008 2:49 PM

Post a comment

The following HTML tags are allowed in your comments:
+ Bold: <b>Text</b>
+ Italic: <i>Text</i>
+ Link: <a href="http://url" target="_blank">Link</a>
Fields marked with * are required.

Comment Preview appears above this form upon pressing the "preview" button. Edit your comment and press "preview" again, until you are satisfied with your comment.

Your comment may not appear on the blog until several minutes after it was submitted.

September 2008
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30        

Master Archive

MPR News

Listen Now

On Air

MPR News

Other Radio Streams from MPR

Classical MPR
Radio Heartland