Thursday, October 14, 2004

What is Nader Thinking?

With the decision of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court to bar Ralph Nader from the ballot in Pennsylvania, Nader's campaign for President has moved from the comical to the pathetic.

Supported by Republicans who hope that Nader will allow Bush to "win" with a bare plurality of the vote (or perhaps not even that), Nader employed a less-than-ethical group of people to collect signatures to put his name on the Pennsylvania ballot. The court reviewed each of the 51,273 signatures submitted, and found 32,455 of them (63.3%) to be invalid because of forgeries, fictitious addresses, and other reasons.

The court characterized the signature gathering process as "the most deceitful and fraudulent exercise ever perpetrated upon this court," and stated that the conduct of Nader and his running-mate "shocks the conscience of the Court."

(The full opinion can be found at

It's one thing to engage in a futile campaign for President. It's another thing to accept the aid of the Republicans and become their pawn. But to become a party to fraud and corruption of the ballot process itself?

Has Nader no shame whatsoever?

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