June 22, 2007

It's quite obvious to anyone paying attention that our two party system just isn't working. I'd love to see a viable third (and fourth and fifth) party to help shake up our electoral process, although I hesitate to push the concept right now as I simply do not trust the Republicans to not manipulate the situation to their advantage and we'd be back where we were in 2000--except with the country in far worse condition.

However, the never-to-be-daunted Ralph Nader is out there again and pushing for third party candidates.

nader.jpg  MSNBC: (Video available on the site)

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg could be the first modern independent candidate to break the stranglehold the two major parties have on the White House, two-time candidate Ralph Nader said Thursday.

Nader predicted in an interview on MSNBC's "Hardball" that Bloomberg would join the race and would immediately start out with the support of at least 15 percent of voters.[..]

At first blush, Nader said, Bloomberg looks pretty good, marrying traditional Democratic positions with hard-headed Republican-style problem-solving.

"I think he's offering a case-by-case judgment," Nader said. "That's the one thing about Bloomberg I like. He doesn't prejudge everything ideologically. He's very problem-oriented. Post-Katrina I don't think would have happened if he was in charge."

But Bloomberg isn't sensitive enough to free speech and economic justice, said Nader, who said that if no candidate emerged to address his progressive, labor-first ideals, he would jump into the race himself. He said he would make a decision "in the fall."

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