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Bernie Sanders as the Ralph Nader reincarnation?

The supporters of Bernie Sanders, who isn’t a Democrat, are continuing their identity politics push which could actually hurt the Democratic party which is searching for more votes….

Could Al Gore’s trouble be a bad history repeat?

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  @ The Washington Post….

Things could go well for the Democrats in next year’s midterm elections — if they don’t Bern out.

President Trump is woefully unpopular, feuding with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and other Republicans. The GOP can’t manage to repeal Obamacare or do much of anything. Voters say they’d like Democrats to run Congress.

But here come the Bernie Bros and sisters to the Republicans’ rescue: They’re sowing division in the Democratic Party and attempting to enact a purge of the ideologically impure — just the sort of thing that made the Republican Party the ungovernable mess it is today.

Bernie Sanders’s advisers are promoting a “litmus test” under which Democrats who don’t swear to implement single-payer health care would be booted from the party in primaries. Sanders pollster Ben Tulchin penned an op-ed with a colleague under the headline “Universal health care is the new litmus test for Democrats.” Nina Turner, head of the Sanders group Our Revolution, told Politico thisweek that “there’s something wrong with” Democrats who won’t “unequivocally” embrace “Medicare-for-all.”

That notion — not just taking a stand but excommunicating all who disagree — is what Republicans have done to themselves with guns and taxes, and it would seriously diminish Democrats’ hopes of retaking the House next year…..


image…US News and World Report.com

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Bernie Sanders..Ralph Nader…Socialists….

Politico is the first of media that will begin to spotlight more about Indepandant Socialist Vermont Senator Sanders as he rises in the polls and attracts larger crowds…

In addtion….As expected…Republicans are beginning to attack Sanders are even more ‘Liberal’ than Hillary Clinton….

Democratic primaries have always featured liberal insurgent candidates, but perhaps none quite so liberal or insurgent as the socialist senator from Vermont. Sanders’ comments are a reminder of just how far the second-place Democratic presidential candidate stands from the American mainstream on some issues, and the looming reckoning Democrats face with their party’s leftward drift.

Never mind whether Sanders can crack 40 percent in any primary against Hillary Clinton — he has already established himself as her de facto challenger and a standard-bearer of a party that was, until this year, too far to the right for his liking.

“When I hear Bernie talk I’m almost inclined to accuse him of plagiarizing me,” said Ralph Nader, the left-wing gadfly whose third-party bid many Democrats still blame for swinging the 2000 election to George W. Bush.

Nader’s kinship with Sanders is yet another sign that the Democratic Party’s goal posts have moved left. The percentage of Democrats who identify as socially and economically liberal has increased 17 points since 2001, according to a recent Gallup poll. And the party’s restive liberal base — led in recent years by progressive icon Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren — has pushed the party establishment on social issues like same-sex marriage and populist economic ones like equal pay and paid sick leave.

Republicans, at least, are betting that broad swaths of the electorate have been left behind.


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Ralph Nader disses Hillary…Wants someone to Primary her from the Left…..


Good Ole Ralph!

Stirring the pot as usual…..

Trouble for Clinton is …She LOST the left to Obama early on in 2008 Democratic primary race….

And went on to lose the nomination….(Shades of the GOPer’s here?)

Going at her from the left might NOT be such a bad idea after all for someone who has the nerve to run against her THIS time…

…from 2016 Election…..

Ralph Nader is none too pleased with the prospect of Hillary Clinton carrying the Democratic mantle in 2016. According to Nader, Clinton has become a stooge for the “military-industrial complex” and he’d like to see a more solidly liberal candidate challenge her from the left.

Report from The Hill:

Ralph Nader tore into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s liberal bona fides on Monday and said a candidate should challenge her from the left if she runs for the 2016 Democratic nomination.

“Somebody must challenge from the left, because, I mean, Hillary Clinton, who started out as a progressive out of Yale Law School and Wellesley, she’s become almost the poster child for the military-industrial complex,” Nader said in an online interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd.

“She hugs Kissinger; she hobnobs with Bob Rubin and the Wall Street crowd — I mean it’s almost a caricature,” Nader added. “But you know on social issues, like pro-choice, children’s issues, you know she keeps that liberal sheen.”

The former Democratic presidential candidate, who has also run for president as an independent and for the Green Party, said Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), both of whom have been vocal proponents of Wall Street reform, would be solid challengers.

Probably not going to happen but maybe Nader himself will be inclined to take on the Clinton machine if he thinks the liberal wing of the party isn’t being adequately represented….


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Republicans lose the fight to keep their Nader, Gary Johnson, off the ballot….

by Meteor Blades @ Daily Kos…..

Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party candidate for prez 2012

Republicans tried but failed in all but two states to keep newly minted Libertarian Gary Johnson off the ballot.

The worry in the Mitt Romney camp is that in a few close must-have states such as Florida, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson could draw a tiny percentage of the vote, but enough to give President Obama the edge. That’s why the party fought so hard to keep Johnson off the ballot in several states, including Pennsylvania, where Team Johnsoncharged that Republicans crossed the line into illegal activity in an effort that was unsuccessful. Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico, will appear on the ballot in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Republicans only managed to keep him off the ballot in Michigan, which they (incorrectly) viewed as a potential swing state, and Oklahoma, which is so red it glows crimson.Johnson is, like most third-party candidates in the past, just a blip in the polls. But even though he sees himself as a problem for both parties, with the potential of drawing votes from both Romney and Obama, it’s the Republicans he was one of until he lost the fight for the nomination who are worried about his impact in Florida, Virginia, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Nevada.

Republicans are also concerned that Constitution Party presidential candidate Virgil Goode, a former Congressman from Virginia who is on the ballot in half the states, could shave off Romney votes on the Right. In the battleground state of Virginia that could make a difference.

Most of the time, the third-party spoiler effect comes from the Left, as it did from the Greens in 2000. The Greens and their candidate, Ralph Nader, received far more votes than the official margin of 537 between Al Gore and George W. Bush in 2000. The Supreme Court gave the presidency to Bush, but Democrats argue that there would have been no involvement of the court had Nader not siphoned off votes they believe Democrats would have received most of. Democrats got Nader off the Pennsylvania ballot in 2004, when he ran as an independent.

But for Romney, the threat, if there really is one, comes from the Right. In the case of the Libertarians, that’s complicated because Johnson is further Right on economic issues than Romney but liberal on social issues such as marriage equality and legalizing marijuana for recreational use. He is also far to left of the GOP candidate on matters of national defense, having supported a cut on Pentagon spending of nearly half its budget:

The Republican efforts to impede Mr. Johnson’s candidacy have drawn charges of spying and coercion from Libertarians and countercharges from Republicans that the party had resorted to fraud while accepting secret help from Democrats.Democrats and Obama campaign officials deny any such involvement. But Mr. Johnson has been receiving critical help from Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative once so committed to his party that he has a tattoo of President Richard M. Nixon on his back. […]

Mr. Johnson credited Mr. Stone—who helped organize for Mr. Bush the so-called Brooks Brothers riot that temporarily shut down the presidential election recount in Miami-Dade in 2000—with helping him navigate his way through the challenges, and with overall advice.

The Pennsylvania ballot-blocking effort was the GOP’s final effort in such attempts across the nation this year. In 2004, the Libertarian candidate, Michael Badnarik, won 0.4 percent of the vote in the state. In 2008, Libertarian Bob Barr won 0.3 percent.  Even if Johnson were to triple that, it would be a teensy slice of the millions of Pennsylvanians who will be casting ballots. The only way that becomes more than a blip, in Pennsylvania and in that handful of other potential swing states, is if the vote between Obama and Romney is extremely close. Despite Johnson’s own claim that he will take votes from both candidates, the majority who will vote for him are Republicans. Despite all their efforts, there is nothing that Team Romney can do about that.•••

11:04 AM PT: In Colorado, the presence of Johnson on the ballot may hurt Obama more than Romney. Polling by PPP shows Johnson getting three percent of the vote, with most of it apparently coming from people who would otherwise be Obama supporters.

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Ralph Nader needs to find something else to do…

Seems the guy is thinking about primaring President Obama ….

I guess that’s so he can get some of  cheap media he craves….

The guy needs to retire and found something to do….

Maybe preach to some fish or something…..


Nader Says Obama Will Face Primary Challenge

Ralph Nader tells the Daily Caller that he’s not going to run for president but that a primary challenge to President Obama is a near certainty.

Said Nader: “I would guess that the chances of there being a challenge to Obama in the primary are almost 100 percent.”

The only question, he said, is the stature of that opponent and whether it will be either “an ex-senator or an ex-governor” or “an intellectual leader or an environmental leader.”

Photo Source….dailycomedy.com


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Ralph Nader may run for the senate…..

Ralph Nader, the 75 year former presidential candidate (and Al Gore spoiler), is making noise about running for the US Senate from Connecticut…….

Big deal…

….not really……

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