Gingrich: The Republican Ralph Nader?

Posted on February 1, 2012 by

It’s an imperfect analogy.

Ralph Nader’s third party candidacy in 2000 may have cost Al Gore the election.  But it wasn’t a primary fight and Ralph was not pummeling Al everyday.

Newt’s relentless assault on Mitt may land Barack Obama a second term.  And history may blame Gingrich for doing the democrats’ dirty work.

Though some republicans argue that these battles are strengthening Romney, I haven’t yet found a liberal or progressive who wants Newt to quit the race.

Democrats are also thankful that Santorum and Paul are hanging in.  That could prevent Romney from ever getting more than 50 percent of any state’s primary or caucus vote.

So just as Ralph Nader denies to this day that he’s partly responsible for handing the white house to George W. Bush, Gingrich will tell himself – and the world – that it’s not his fault if President Obama wins re-election.  He’ll say it’s because republicans failed to nominate a true conservative.

You may find the Nader / Gingrich comparison offensive.

But, in the end, they both may be seen as helping to create their own worst nightmares.

Comments (8)

 

  1. Glen Arnodo says:

    Yes, I find the Nader / Gingrich comparison offensive. It’s an insult to Gingrich. :)

    • Glen Merzer says:

      Blame Gingrich for doing the Democrats’ dirty work? I think history will credit him.

      History should blame Nader for starting the war in Iraq.
      That was the price of electing Bush.

  2. Brad Cagle says:

    Only to the good. Multi Millionaire Mormons cannot a president make. I apologize for my bias against any superstitious, ritualistic, racist super cult, but I have lived in Ogden, Utah for a few months and…

    As far as Ralph Nader’s guilt, I beg to differ. Ralph may be eccentric, narcissistic and condescending, but Ralph is a fearless champion of anyone who appreciates the concept of Speaking Truth to Power. Al Gore must accept that he caved in to the Right Wing, a little too easily from my point of view.

    How can we find the courage to advocate and seek the life we know and feel in our hearts, is achievable. By worrying about who could take away a vote, here or there? Yet, we must be realistic and prepared to offer real leadership should the reigns of power suddenly fall into our lap.

    • Seth W says:

      Wow, you really don’t like Mormons! Anything you want to say about Catholics, Jews, or Muslims while you are at it?

      Newt is definitely not helping himself, Mitt Romney, or the Republican party. As for the analogy there are similarities but like you said Lou it isn’t perfect. I think Newt Gingrich and the current GOP primaries are a dream come true for Dems and Obama. In the pursuit of Newt, Gingrich will burn Rome in efforts to gain the power he feels he deserves.

  3. Gavin Koon says:

    Not sure if Ralph Nader is the best comparison.
    I would actually prefer a Newt / Obama race, it would ensure Obama stays where he is (and make very interesting watching too).
    Better comparison might be Ross Perot.

  4. While ironic that the Speaker from the start of Reagan’s Trickle Down Economics, Newt, pretends he’s a DC-outsider, what’s more ironic is that the governor from the horrendous revival of the Reagan-Bush dynasty, Mitt, pretends he isn’t worried about the USA’s working middle class and working poor.

  5. While ironic that the Speaker from the start of Reagan’s Trickle Down Economics, Newt, pretends he’s a DC-outsider, what’s more ironic is that a governor from the horrendous revival of the Reagan-Bush dynasty, Mitt, pretends he isn’t worried about the USA’s working middle class and working poor.

  6. Dorsey Maida says:

    The absurd notion that liberals promote a “culture of victimizat­ion” is one of the clearest examples of right-wing projection I’ve ever witnessed. The ENTIRE conservati­ve movement is built on feeling sorry for themselves and claiming they’re the victims of nefarious forces (the “liberal media”, “liberal academia”, “liberal teacher’s unions”, “liberal PC culture”, “liberal secularist­s”, the “liberal ACLU, etc.) Noticing a pattern here? The left is far, far weaker than the right in America, and yet, they’ve built up this all-purpos­e liberal bogeyman / straw-man to blame all its failures on.

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