Great news from across the pond: Ralph Nader has announced that he is considering standing for President. "The two parties are still converging. I really think there needs to be more competition from outside," he told the newspaper Politico.
If Nader does enter the race, don't swallow the guff about the 'progressive' vote being split. None of the Democratic Party candidates, with the exception of Denis Kuchinic can accurately be labelled 'progressive': and the least progressive of all of them is the front-runner, the pro-war Hilary Clinton.
"She is a political coward. She goes around pandering to powerful interest groups on the one hand and flattering general audiences on the other. She doesn't even have the minimal political fortitude of her husband." is Nader's verdict on the Democrat the neo-cons would most like to see in the White House.
The Project for the New American Century gang thought they had this race all stitched up; that it would end up as shoot-out between McCain or another Republican hawk and Clinton- a win-win scenario for them. But a Nader candicacy will pressurise the Democrat candidates to move leftwards- and adopt a much more strident anti-war stance. Nader supports the rapid withdrawl of US troops from Iraq. The Democrat candidates will have to follow suit or risk losing votes.
US politics has suddenly got interesting.