Ralph, I Like the Lyrics, but the Melody Lingers Not

Ralph Nader is back running for president. I do not begrudge him taking another shot. I believe in democracy. Let 10,000 flowers (candidates) bloom. And yes, restructure ballot requirements for federal offices making access easier and uniform.

But at this stage of the game, he will have less electoral support than ever. We’re not going to support, let alone follow, a scold. His mood is too dark for our times. And the music of mood is always more persuasive than the lyrics of political proposals — one reason for the Obama phenomenon.

Click here to listen to Ralph on today’s KQED Forum program.

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