The Dems, it seems, are petrified that their Level 2 arch-nemesis, Ralph Nader, might try to crash their little fete accompli in Boston this week.
Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., is worried. "Absolutely," he said, speaking outside the convention floor at the FleetCenter. "Ralph Nader could cost us the election. He cost us the election last time and his ego may cost us the election this time."
Ah, yes. Of course. I remember now. It wasn't Florida that lost Gore the White House in 2000, it was Nader! All 97,000 votes' worth of him.
Listen, guys, lighten up, 'k? If you're really that worried about one man and his not-quite 100,000 votes (out of how many millions?), then maybe, just maybe, your platform isn't as solid as it really needs to be.
Let's face it: The 2000 election was one tight horse race. Doesn't matter if both horses were sleek quarterhorses, or plodding Clydesdales, they ran pretty much neck and neck. The only "clear" statement that came out of 2000 was that we had no "clear" winner. It was that close.
Still, if you'd rather fizz and moan about possibly losing a relatively few votes, rather than try for the kind of "mandate from the people" that no one can really quibble over, it's no skin off my teeth.
I personally prefer you stay focused on ol' Ralphie.