Pollit makes some great points about Nader's candidacy; it does seem like a vanity project. However, even if Nader had the best of intentions, a third-party candidacy will never be successful because of the systematic deficiencies of our winner-take-all two party system.
In the long run, third-parties would be better served if Nader put his resources behind a movement to create an electoral system based on proportional representation. In such a system, if the Green Party received just 10 percent of the vote, they would receive 10 percent of seats rather than no seats at all.
San Francisco, CA
Apr 3 2008 - 3:08pm