Monday Poll: Nader Movin' on Up
The polls are all over the board.
Last week, we reported on a poll showing Ralph Nader at 10 percent in Michigan.
Last month, a Fox News poll showed that one in seven voters (14 percent) would seriously consider voting for Ralph Nader for President in November.
And just this morning, a Suffolk University poll of Pennsylvania Democrats shows Nader at four percent.
But then the pollsters at Suffolk University reported this finding:
Nader’s four percent could potentially quadruple, as 17 percent of Democratic respondents said that if their first choice does not get the Democratic nomination, they may vote for Nader.
Here’s the point:
This is a volatile election year.
Both parties are securely in the hands of large multinational corporations.
And as a result, on key issues that the American people care about, Nader/Gonzalez are on one side of the political fence, McCain/Clinton/Obama are on the other.
Case in point - single payer, private delivery, public health insurance.
We are in favor.
They are opposed.
Case in point - the plutocracy.
We noticed this morning that Thomas Frank, the new weekly columnist at the Wall Street Journal, has decided, on the basis of this one issue - plutocracy - to vote for a candidacy like Nader/Gonzalez this year.
He didn’t say that directly.
Instead, he put it this way.
"The landmark political fact of our time is the replacement of our middle-class republic by a plutocracy. If some candidate has a scheme to reverse this trend, they’ve got my vote."
We’ve got the scheme, Tom.
In short, it’s called cracking down corporate crime, fraud and abuse, establishing a Wall Street securities speculation tax, and other reforms of our plutocratic political economy.
Nader/Gonzalez stand for this package.
McCain/Clinton/Obama stand against it.
So, here’s the new bottom line.
We can’t wait until all the poll numbers come in.
We have deployed our growing number of stalwarts to the hinterlands to get Nader/Gonzalez on the ballot.
We need your help now for major ballot access drives in the big states - Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, and California.
The mainstream media has yet to start paying attention.
We’ll fly under the radar until we get on the ballot.
Let the pollsters do their polls.
Let the liberal newspaper columnists beat around the bush.
By August, with your help - we hope to be in the middle of it.
Thank you for your generous support and commitment.
Together, we will make a difference.
The Nader Team
PS: We invite your comments to the blog.