Ralph Nader Calls President-Elect Barack Obama an ‘Uncle Tom’

by matttbastard

Last night was historic in many ways. Not only did we witness Obama grabbing the keys to the White House. We also were privileged to see perennial spoiler candidate Ralph Nader finally–finally–reach his best before date:

Shep Smith FTW: “He’s always complaining how we never give him any time…well, there’s his time.”

h/t The Bastard Machine via Sylvia/M

Update: A visibly saddened Joe Gandelman eulogizes Nader’s expired relevance:

Watching Ralph Nader now is very painful for many of us who grew up in the 1960s. I can remember driving from my parent’s house in Woodbridge, CT back to Colgate University in Hamilton, New York in a brutal snowstorm, listening to a newscast detail the latest battle of a young crusading Connecticut lawyer named Ralph Nader. Many baby boomers wanted to be just like him. When Nader ran for President in 2000 — like him or not — it was all about content. Since then, Nader seems to be all about someone who craves attention.

“Craves attention”–bingo. Made perfectly evident by his Guinness world record for most speeches in a single day, along with Tuesday’s ‘satirical’ single-word press conference (to say nothing of his other race-baiting incident earlier in the campaign.) Seriously, hit the fucking gong, get the hook and hustle this clown off stage once and for all.

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9 thoughts on “Ralph Nader Calls President-Elect Barack Obama an ‘Uncle Tom’

  1. Well, I find it unfortunate, as it is one more strike against the very necessary movement to build a progressive, non-ruling-class party in the benighted US.

    Nader is an Arab, but he had always been viewed as a “white person” – things might be rather different for him were he starting out in politics now. Several friends of Middle Eastern and Maghrebi origin who have lived here for many years have spoken of becoming viewed as “other” or “non-white” after 9-11.

    But it is a most inappropriate comment.

    Now, spokesman for US imperialism and the ruling class, that could stick… Impressed as I was by the groundswell of people insisting on their voting rights, especially African-American voters, I am not among those who think Obama can actually deliver on “change”.


  2. Sadly, sadly, legatta – I fear you are correct.

    and if you want to see nasty – interfere with the celebrations of Obama’s ‘win’.

    To imply that he is not the Second Coming of JC is a guarantee of conflict.


  3. Oh, great — here comes the loony left with their social justice and reality-checking…;-)

    croghan27: fuck off (he said good-naturedly). Give ’em/us a few days for the relief of ‘no more Bush’ to wear off. People know he isn’t Jesus. Far from the celebration of the second coming of Christ, this is the funeral–or, more accurately, the wake–for Reaganism. People aren’t celebrating the ascendancy of a new saviour. They are praising the passing of the last.

    ZOMG People–black people, poor people, YOUNG people–are excited about politics again.


    Fuck, were you this big an asshole when Kennedy or Trudeau won, or do you save the invective for the nigger-in-chief?

    Seriously, does it add something to the discussion to be reflexively cranky and curmudgeonly? Does it do something to address the balance of power, the gap between the haves and the have nots to make righteous proclamations from behind a keyboard? You know, there’s a reason why the left in Canada–and politics in general–is so stagnant, so moribund.

    And it’s nestled right between your bitter lines.

    Once again quoting Sara Robinson:

    We have a choice here. We can either bless [youthful Obama supporters] for their energy and commitment, hand them our tattered old ball, and see just how far they’ll be able to move it down the field — even as we stand by with the Bandaids and Bactine, shouting encouragement and coaching tips from the bench, just as many of us have done at a thousand soccer games through the years.

    Or we can doom their fresh efforts with our own cynicism, withdraw our approval, make fun of them, and tell them they’re going off the deep end by joining up with some crazy mass movement that will never deliver on its promises of change.

    Would that we had such enthusiasm for the process here in the Great White North.


  4. My sincere apologies for that outburst, c27 — upon reflection, I was unnecessarily harsh.

    Passion. Is a strange thing to feel–to feel. Still getting used to navigating the new collective emotional landscape.

    Rest assured that I’m under no illusions about what is and isn’t possible. But the recalibration that comes with a generational shift does give one a sense that the (arbitrary, illusory) limits imposed during the Reagan era no longer imply.

    At this point, we’re still working out the margins; I for one plan to make them as wide as possible.


  5. Re: Nader – It’s always a disappointment to hear him talk these days. When he talks policy, I’m interested, inspired, and intrigued. He’s been a courageous fighter for causes I believe in for decades. But all that’s become secondary to his new cause of getting seen by ever more people, and it’s become transparently obvious.

    re: croghan27 ‘s comments – When you say interfere, what do you mean? If we’re celebrating something, why do you seek to interfere, and in what manner? It seems to me that if you’re looking to interfere with a celebration of an event of this magnitude, you’re the one looking for a fight.

    Don’t be surprised when we deliver.


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