: Rep. Mark Cohen leaves this note in the comments on the Nader post below:
Ralph Nader has every right to declare his candidacy. Voters have every right not to sign his nomination petition, not to contribute to his campaign, not to listen to his speeches, not to vote for him. He has done, and led others to do, great things. But helping George win is not one of them. Nor will helping Bush win a second term be one of them.
Right. Don’t give me any freedom-of-speech crap about telling Ralph that he shouldn’t be running — and he should take responsibilty for the consequences of running. We’re just as free to complain as he is to campaign. That is free speech.
The power of the individual and the web
: On Meet the Press, Ralph Nader is being forced to watch the wonderful Flash appeal on RalphDontRun.net. So a few people who created this are being heard on national TV and are confronting the very man they want to confront. Now that’s power.
And, of course, Ralph is deaf to it: “That’s the liberal intelligensia… That’s a contemptuous statement.” He argues that anyone is trying to stop him from running.
No one is trying to stop you. Many are trying to get you to stop yourself, to be responsible, to recognize that you’ve become a destructive self-parody of political ego.
Ralph, you old loon.
: Here’s Nader’s campaign site. Let’s start a GoogleBomb. Here is the election spoiler.
: No blog. No forum. No chance to hear the voters speak on Ralph’s site. He doesn’t care to listen. That’s obvoius.
: NZ Bear just sent me email; noticed the same thing.
Ralph is deaf.
: Nader calls for the impeachment of Bush. “If there’s any better definition for high crimes and misdemeanors than misleading” regarding the cause to go to war he doesn’t know it, Nader tells Tim Russert.
: “We can’t just sit down like The Nation magazine,” says Nader. Russet read Nader The Nation’s editorial begging Nader not to do what he is doing this morning. Bitchslap.
: “Spoiler is a contemptuous term,” says Nader. Yes, Ralph, it is.
Nader, the dork, does it
: Ralph Nader proves that he’s nothing but ego, officially announces. The story from Meet the Press just went up.
: Couldn’t believe my eyes just now: Tina Brown on a Sunday morning talk show (Today). Tina Brown sharing a couch with others (someone from US, someone from New York mag). Tina Brown talking about the characters on Sex and the City as if they were celebrities. Is this a case of how the mighty do drop? Or is this the real Tina engaging in girl talk?
Going to the source
: Glenn Reynolds shows us two quotes in The New York Times two weeks apart from one George Meagher, but the quotes are different and the description of the person is different (independent, then Republican) and one wonders why the same reporter working on the same story (declining support for Bush) couldn’t at least find new sources and new quotes.
So I decided to go to the source. I dug up an email for the museum where Mr. Meagher is curator and sent him an email asking what his experience with The Times reporter was. We’ll what he has to say, if he chooses to reply.
I’ve decided that going to the source is a good thing for bloggers to do. Yesterday, I emailed the Columbia prof who caused much discussion in blogs to offer to continue the discussion over coffee or email.