Ralph Nader’s still got it. And by “it” I mean the ability to put his foot in the path of the American voter and trip him on the way to the booth. A Zogby poll came out over the weekend showing that Nader would grab six percent of the vote in a general election three-way with John McCain and Hillary Clinton. If it comes down to Nader, McCain and Obama, the consumer crusader would nab five percent. (He only received two percent of the vote in 2000!) Here’s John Zogby:
Nader’s presence in the race can potentially turn a lulu of a race into an absolute tizzy. The messages to Democrats are clear — number one, Nader may win enough support to get into the general election debates. Number two, what could be at risk is support among several key constituencies that the Democratic Party candidate will need to win in November, notably younger voters, independents, and progressives.
Contrary to the popular notion that Nader’s strange political game is now too predictable and too old, 2008 finds the Democrats roaming an ideological landscape that’s uniquely welcoming to him. With Obama calling for a humble international presence and dialogue with enemies and Hillary’s promises of universal healthcare coverage, Nader just doesn’t look that wacky anymore.