Thursday, June 26, 2008

Ralph Nader’s Comments regarding Senator Obama

“He wants to appeal to white guilt. You appeal to white guilt not by coming on as black is beautiful, black is powerful. Basically he's coming on as someone who is not going to threaten the white power structure, whether it's corporate or whether it's simply oligarchic. And they love it. Whites just eat it up.”
(quote source)

WTF is Ralph talking about? Which voting bloc is he trying to win with that statement?

19 Comments:

Blogger Distributorcap said...

nader has lost it -- i used to like nader -- he represents a lot of what is needed in this country. but even before 2000 his 'star' was dimming.

now he is just a dimwit in my opinion. he is an attention-monger and that is exactly what he wants --- and that is what he got yesterday.

"fortunately" we have the media to continue trashing obama and idolizing mccain (the cough cough war hero) to make ralph relatively irrelevant.

ralph got his 15 minutes for this campaign....

June 26, 2008 4:33 AM  
Blogger Colonel Colonel said...

All I can say is Thank Dog we have a Homeboy like Ralph Nader to keep track of what all black people should be thinking.

June 26, 2008 4:37 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

Nader will say anything for attention and this is just another example. He is a has been and I still don't forgive him for 2000. He is the one we should all thank for Bush.

June 26, 2008 4:37 AM  
Anonymous Joe the Troll said...

"WTF is Ralph talking about? Which voting bloc is he trying to win with that statement?"


That would be the "shrapnel in the neocortex" voter.

June 26, 2008 5:40 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Obama could begin every single speech with 'black power!' and I wouldn't care. He ain't McCain and that's good enough on November 4. Before and after, lefty rage, bien sûr.

As for Ralph, he's a clown. I hate that coded bullshit, from white or black folks. "He's too white." That oligarchic power structure is fucking with everyone, white, black, polka dot, chartreuse. If dumbass crackers are going to vote against their interests - i.e. the interests of pretty much everyone not in the top 1% - then Republicans are going to milk that until there's nothing left but a dried out husk of an udder.

June 26, 2008 6:20 AM  
Anonymous scott said...

Always good to hear from Ralph when you've begun to loose faith in insanity.

June 26, 2008 7:01 AM  
Blogger FranIAm said...

This is why Nader always goes off the cliff for me.

He has some good things to say, but he has no grip on reality at times.

This is all counterproductive in so many ways.

I believe in challenge, but this feels like stupidity.

A blogfriend of mine is very pro-Nader. I understand it to come out of his deep frustration and anger, something most of us share.

My real issue with Nader is that he always swoops in at the 11th hour and gets just enough attention to throw things a bit.

As I have said to my friend, and as I say to others - if you are serious about Nader as president, if Nader is serious about Nader as president then please start working on it the day AFTER the election and not 3 years and 6 months after it, ok????

June 26, 2008 7:55 AM  
Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

" Which voting bloc is he trying to win with that statement?"

The lunatic fringe? No, I guess not. I think that the Republicans have that voting bloc sewn up.

June 26, 2008 8:32 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

i wish, sometimes fervently, that this was not such a familiar theme for those of us who are of the darker hues, mixed and otherwise.

i have had good friends, ernestly ask me how someone of native american heritage can play "garry owen" at a military funeral for a soldier from the 1st of the 7th. after all, wouldn't any self respecting native american hate what custer and his soldiers did to our people?

always, the answer is so much more complicated than folks can imagine. for instance, my people, the white mountain apache, were wearing the blue coats in that campaign. general crook, the overall commander, had been using white mountain apache troops as scouts since before the civil war. so, yes, we had a dog in that fight, and it was a soldier dog.

white people are always, it's genetic or some shit like that, always finding ways to tell us what we should be thinking or what we really are feeling and thinking.

ralph's just playing to form.

June 26, 2008 8:44 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

He's lost his grip. The sad thing is that he hasn't realized how truly irrelevant he is now. Oh sure, the media will be repeating this bullshit all day long--until something else attracts their attention. Then it'll be "oh Nader said something or other, whatever."

Ignore, ignore, ignore. Especially when a white guy tries to tell you how non-white people think/feel. He's a fool.

June 26, 2008 9:39 AM  
Blogger Unconventional Conventionist said...

Nader jumped way over the shark a while back and is well down the road to obscurity.

June 26, 2008 9:46 AM  
Blogger two crows said...

Nader is cashing in on his own take on the fear factor -- just like the rethugs.

luckily, people stopped listening to him 8 years ago when he sold the country down the river. hope so, anyway.

June 26, 2008 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Betty Cracker said...

Obama's response was dead on; he said Nader is just trying to get attention and that it's a shame he's tarnishing what could have been a good legacy (the consumer protection achievements) with political clowning. (I'm paraphrasing, of course.)

June 26, 2008 11:48 AM  
Blogger an average patriot said...

That is BS! I somehow missed that appeal to whit guilt. That's ridiculous! I heard him with his half ass answer for saying Obama was trying to talk white. Ralph has done a good job for the consumer. It is time though for him to go away and get back to his day job!

June 26, 2008 3:27 PM  
Blogger ZILLA said...

Well, I found a way around the very annoying Nader-induced safety feature on my lawn mower, so I'm pretty sure I'm smart enough to find my way around bullshit like this.

It might, however, take more than a C-clamp or a 4-inch bungee cord, but I'm fine with that.

Nader's forgetting, by the way, that Obama is every bit as white as he is black. And every HRC supporter I know who has gone over to the McBush team has done so because of EXACTLY this type of bigotry.

White guilt, my ASS.

Whites, too, are STRUGGLING, Mr Nader. WAKE THE FUCK UP AND SMELL THE FUCKING COFFEE!

June 26, 2008 7:19 PM  
Blogger Targa said...

Nader is, in my estimation, the end result of megalomania gone unsatisfied. To whit, megalomania is never really truly satisfied, and as such, Nader continues to seek the gratification that his crusades of the 60s & 70s nurtured for him.

I wonder, though, if Nader's said it because he wants to appeal to the Lebanese guilt??

*[not to include ALL Lebanese, only Ralph Nader in relation to his statement]

**If any Lebanese were offended by my comment, I would like to apologize on behalf of all Hispanic Americans.

*** If any Hispanic Americans are offended by my wholesale apology on their behalf, I would like to apologize to them for speaking in their stead.

****If any white Americans are offended that I didn't include them in my initial potentially offensive statement and attempt at humor, I apologize for being non-inclusive.

*****I'd like to apologize to PoP for hogging her comments section with this silly little diatribe. I am going through blog withdrawals and this site provides me with the fix I need to keep going throughout the day.

******I'd like to apologize to all drug addicts for using the above analogy to describe my current stab at humor.

******Apologies to all stabbing victims.

I'd like to apologize for apologizing so much, I hope my comments are taken completely out of context and that there is coffee on your keyboards and monitors.

June 27, 2008 7:08 AM  
Blogger Swinebread said...

the voting bloc in his own sexy candyland

June 27, 2008 10:34 AM  
Blogger annie said...

the racist bloc? it certainly exists, whether those in that bloc admit to it or not.

"sick, sad world" to quote daria.

June 27, 2008 1:05 PM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

I'm with DCap - I think Nader is losing it. I wish he'd just drop out of sight...

June 29, 2008 2:03 PM  

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