Excellent editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle. I couldn't have said it better myself:
Ralph Nader sure knows how to marginalize his candidacy for president: He picked a brooding, far-left running mate who couldn't get elected mayor of San Francisco.It's Ralph Nader who really needs to wrap up and close down.
Perhaps Nader sees a younger version of himself in 42-year-old Matt Gonzalez. Each wields a keen intellect, a certitude about his standing in the political struggle between good and evil, and a certain obliviousness to how his ego can get in the way of the cause.
Nader expresses not the least bit of remorse that his 2000 run on the Green Party ticket helped tilt Florida, and thus the presidency, to George W. Bush, in an excruciatingly close race. And he is undeterred by the prospect that he could be a spoiler again. If Democrats can't win by a landslide in 2008, Nader has suggested, they might as well "wrap up, close down, emerge in a different form."
"Wrap up, close down" is a pretty fair description of what happened to the progressive movement that Gonzalez energized in his 2003 race against Gavin Newsom...