Well, here’s a little something for Freaky Friday. The hero to independents, and constant irritant to just about everyone else, Ralph Nader, has probably uttered the term “crony capitalism” more than any politician in the past 20 years. So he’s likely the last person you’d expect to hear calling for a billionaire to run for the White House in 2016. But that’s exactly the pitch he’s making this time around. I checked my calendar, of course, just to ensure that April Fool’s Day was indeed an entire month ago.
Ralph has decided that what America needs most right now is a “modestly enlightened billionaire” to run. I’m not sure exactly what that means, but I’m guessing he would point to himself as the only one.
Basically, Nader wants an independent to run for president who has the bank account of a Mitt Romney-type, because he knows there’s no real shot at winning any other way. He’s probably right about that, but I’m pretty sure an independent has no shot at winning the presidency no matter what funds they may have.
Also of note in this interview is the fact that Ralph seems to like Rand Paul more than Hillary. Obviously, he doesn’t like either one of them and even admits that Rand’s dad would be a much more ideal candidate for him. But still, if Rand can reach independents (or if Ralph can convince whatever base he may have to vote in Rand’s direction), then perhaps he’s not as much of a long-shot for the GOP as people are making him out to be.
What do you think? Do we need a “modestly enlightened billionaire” independent candidate in order to save America? Or does Nader have bananas for brains? Sound off with your thoughts below.
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