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Ralph Nader's Plan to Primary Obama Hits a Granite Wall - won't make dealine in NH.
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Ralph Nader's Plan to Primary Obama Hits a Granite Wall
By David Weigel
| Posted Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at 3:11 PM ET

Six weeks ago, word got out about a progressive project that could have Ralph Nader playing a familiar role: Electoral scold. He was the best-known member of a coalition to recruit five progressive candidates to run, as Democrats, against Barack Obama. At 4:30 p.m. today, the coalition was going to face its first deadline: qualifying to enter the New Hampshire primary.

Nader's group won't make the deadline.

" Bill Gardner switched the days on us," Nader says. "He threatened to change the primary date after Nevada moved up its caucuses, and in the process, he moved up the filing deadline. So he's pulled the rug out from under us -- you think it's late November, and all of a sudden it's October 28."

Nader is annoyed, and understandably so. "You ought to have one federal standard for every state's elections," he says. "Do you know why he moved the filing date, just because the primary moved?" (Actually I don't know.) "We were pulling something together quite nicely, but New Hampshire -- that's the big one, isn't it? Between the size of the state and the fact that the press is up there, it was a good place to make this statement."

Perhaps it wasn't meant to be. The project was announced at a particularly low ebb of progressive enthusiasm. Days later, the Occupy Wall Street really took off. Two prominent members of the primary challenge coalition, Cornel West and Chris Hedges (both professors at Princeton), have pretty much thrown themselves into Occupy, one sign that the progressive scene is more interested in grassroots protest than in an immediate challenge to Obama.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2011/10/28/ralph_nade...
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  -Ralph Nader's Plan to Primary Obama Hits a Granite Wall - won't make dealine in NH. jefferson_dem  Oct-28-11 02:21 PM   #0 
  - excuses excuses, Ralphie  WI_DEM   Oct-28-11 02:24 PM   #1 
  - Darcy is among the dozen or so no-names that always run in the NH primary. That is not an 'opponent'  stevenleser   Oct-31-11 03:35 PM   #49 
  - "We were pulling something together quite nicely"...  SidDithers   Oct-28-11 02:24 PM   #2 
  - Here are the burdensome requirements for filing in New Hampshire...  brooklynite   Oct-30-11 09:06 PM   #41 
  - now Sid, it's not nice to make fun of a senile old.... vaht?...  dionysus   Oct-31-11 03:12 PM   #45 
  - Funny how it's always someone  sharp_stick   Oct-28-11 02:24 PM   #3 
  - Fuck Nader  trumad   Oct-28-11 02:24 PM   #4 
  - Kicked, recommended, and as always, FUCK RALPH NADER.  TheWraith   Oct-28-11 02:25 PM   #5 
  - For such a visionary iconoclastic firebrand he seems to assume that others...  MilesColtrane   Oct-28-11 02:39 PM   #6 
  - FUCK RALPH NADER.  Ikonoklast   Oct-28-11 02:42 PM   #7 
  - How come we knew the deadline and not poor Ralph?  BklnDem75   Oct-28-11 02:46 PM   #8 
  - tee hee  Whisp   Oct-28-11 04:52 PM   #21 
  - He needs to read DU a little more often lol  Sheepshank   Oct-28-11 05:08 PM   #23 
  - My first thought as well  JoePhilly   Oct-29-11 07:38 AM   #31 
  - That's too bad. Pro-corporate Obama definitely needs a challenger  slay   Oct-28-11 02:50 PM   #9 
  - Rules being changed!...  SidDithers   Oct-28-11 03:36 PM   #12 
  - Poor Ralph...  jefferson_dem   Oct-28-11 03:39 PM   #14 
  - Obama already has a challenger...  jefferson_dem   Oct-28-11 03:38 PM   #13 
  - there are other choices  frylock   Oct-28-11 04:51 PM   #20 
     - no other real choices.  MjolnirTime   Oct-28-11 07:58 PM   #25 
        - it's not like brand a or brand b are real choices either  frylock   Oct-28-11 09:43 PM   #27 
           - Whether you think they're "real" or not, someone will be in the White House  CakeGrrl   Oct-31-11 03:25 PM   #48 
  - You're funny.  Tarheel_Dem   Oct-28-11 03:59 PM   #16 
  - What did you do to facilitate a primary challenge?  great white snark   Oct-28-11 04:07 PM   #18 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Oct-28-11 04:10 PM   #19 
     - Your sig pic is absolutely hilarious  Number23   Oct-28-11 08:58 PM   #26 
  - wouldn't the GOP pay his fees this time?--- FUCK RALPH NADER.  Champion Jack   Oct-28-11 03:08 PM   #10 
  - Shouldn't he had looked into this, if he was serious?  FrenchieCat   Oct-28-11 03:32 PM   #11 
  - A royal FU by Ralphie. Good thing he, nor any of his sycophants, willl ever be president.  Tarheel_Dem   Oct-28-11 03:48 PM   #15 
  - Nader is an ass. n/t.  apocalypsehow   Oct-28-11 04:00 PM   #17 
  - How much funding does he get from the Koch brothers?  LiberalFighter   Oct-28-11 04:55 PM   #22 
  - I think that may have been the problem. They've busted the budget over at NorquistDogLake.  Tarheel_Dem   Oct-28-11 05:21 PM   #24 
  - Ralph has become a caricature, a sad, pathetic joke ...and he doesn't get it....His 15 minutes is up  Rowdyboy   Oct-28-11 11:31 PM   #28 
  - Nader needs to run  libinnyandia   Oct-29-11 08:43 AM   #32 
     - Moore turned his back on Nader years ago.  Downtown Hound   Oct-29-11 12:53 PM   #34 
        - Nader and Moore  libinnyandia   Oct-30-11 02:07 PM   #38 
           - Lots of people still take Moore seriously.  Downtown Hound   Oct-30-11 05:14 PM   #39 
              - Moore  libinnyandia   Oct-30-11 05:54 PM   #40 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Oct-29-11 01:25 AM   #29 
  - More power to you. CA will vote for the current POTUS. What's that saying....?  Tarheel_Dem   Oct-29-11 01:41 AM   #30 
  - Ralph who?  Downtown Hound   Oct-29-11 12:51 PM   #33 
  - My spirit is now torn in two...  Number23   Oct-29-11 06:13 PM   #35 
  - Because Nader has so much else to do? Seriously, how would he miss this if he is a serious person?  stevenleser   Oct-29-11 08:57 PM   #36 
  - Awwww....poor Ralphie  RFKHumphreyObama   Oct-29-11 09:01 PM   #37 
  - Guess ol' Ralph isn't as well-informed as Darcy Richardson.  CakeGrrl   Oct-30-11 09:45 PM   #42 
  - Nuck Fader  mac56   Oct-30-11 10:20 PM   #43 
  - Nader's plan was bad. Better to have one candidate who earns delegates. NT  Hart2008   Oct-31-11 06:58 AM   #44 
  - one man... like Gary Hart!!!11  dionysus   Oct-31-11 03:13 PM   #46 
  - If Michelle Bachman can figure out how to file on time, so can Nader  Freddie Stubbs   Oct-31-11 03:16 PM   #47 
 

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