Serenading Ralph Nader

Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) — Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate who ran for president in 2000 and 2004, said he’s going to make another bid for the White House this year.

“I have decided to run for president,” Nader, 73, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program today.

Original album cover.
To the tune of Green, Green Grass of Home, written by Claude “Curly” Putman Jr., performed by Tom Jones:

♪ ♫ Your ego’s still the same,
But you must accept some blame,
‘Cause you made life worse for my Mama and Papa,
Since you ran for reasons oh so skimpy,
And you got us stuck with Chimpy,
You should take your Green, Green ass on home.♪ ♫

♪ ♫ No, the public, you’re not reaching,
Stop preaching, we’re beseeching,
And please take your old Green, Green ass on home.

The country is still standing,
Though I sometimes wonder how,
But it’s not the same old place I used to live in.

When you played the spoiler,
You were merry,
First with Gore,
And then with Kerry,
So please take your old Green, Green ass on home.

When I awake and look around me,
At this mess that now surrounds me
Oh, how I wish that I was only dreaming.
For you see, the Chimp and Deadeye Dick, they blew it,
Hope there’s still time to undo it,
‘Til then, take your old Green, Green ass on home.

Stop the self-gratification,
For a change, do what’s best for the nation,
And take your old Green, Green ass on home.♪ ♫


Filed under 2008 election, Al Gore, Chimpy, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, humor, John Kerry, music parody, parody, politics, snark, Wordpress Political Blogs

23 responses to “Serenading Ralph Nader

  1. Got a Grip

    Amen, nonnie, amen….

  2. dansk47

    Lovely as always nonnie! Yes Ralph, take your green, green ass on home.

    As an aside, you should check out this link I thought of you when I read an article about this contest, no great prizes but your art would fit right in. Just a passing thought.

  3. TRM

    LOL, this guys reallllllllly screwing up the lefty plans for the white house huh? LOL

  4. in2thefray

    Good work nonnie on the creative front.You make me want to upgrade my Photshop skills.
    This election much ,much more than the others leaves Nader far from potential spoiler though. First Obama is the nom and you can’t much more Left of him.Well I guess that’s it actually since that was always the reason people left the dem ticket to flush a vote w/ Ralphie.

  5. nonnie9999

    always nice to see you around here! 😀 thanks for the link. i am not sure that my style of poster is what they are looking for, but i have a friend who would be perfect for that kind of thing. not saying who she is ~cough~ look at the comment above you ~cough~. i hope she will consider entering.

    nice to see that you are feeling better. whose turn is it to hug you? i don’t remember where i left the schedule.

    i really don’t think that nader is going to make any difference whatsoever. he is becoming increasingly irrelevant. however, he gets on my nerves, and a song popped into my head, so i took the opportunity to lambaste him. 😆 don’t tell trm, but i am not a very nice person!

  6. TRM

    Nonnie, I was under no illusion that you or any of your demon seed here were nice people… 🙂

    Is dansk47 a woman? if so , thats who I want my hug from…. 🙂 something new ya know!!!

    oh yeah,,, libs suck and Karl Rove is a genius!

  7. nightowl724

    nonnie, I’m sorry I missed this little musical interlude when it was first published, but shit happens. I don’t think it was my turn to hug TRM…

    This was a great concept and you carried it off beautifully (of course), but I’m not sure I agree with you. The two-party system is not serving us well. We need a radical change post haste, IMHO. ANY third-party candidate has the potential to be a “spoiler.” What if Gore or Kucinich had decided to run on some new Progressive ticket because the Dems have moved so far to the right? Then what? Just askin’ is all…

  8. dune23

    Just as in 2000… and we saw who we got then!!!

    A vote for Nader was a vote for Bush.

    And now:
    A vote for Nader is a vote for McCain!


    If ya’ like going to war in the wrong country for no apparent reason vote McCain.

    Uhhh…lemme see… terrorists from Saudi Arabia flew planes into buildings on the direction of another Saudi in Afghanistan…. soooo….OBVIOUSLY… we should invade Iraq.

    Yep! Lemme have some more of that logic…. Maybe Bush can run as Vice-President…. Is that allowed? Because he and his staff are real geniuses.

    Remember folks, the ONLY reason Bush got the White House was because of Nader. Thus Nader can be blamed for: The Iraq War, The economy, The price of oil, and possibly even 9-11.(one can only guess on that last one) McCain is just as nutty as Bush but smarter which makes him more dangerous.

  9. nonnie9999

    i am all for a third party. i think it would be very healthy, and i think that now is an excellent time. however, not nader. there are a lot of other people who i would be happy to see start a third party, but not him. nader has his own ego at heart, not the country. he did good things in the past. he should have let that be his legacy. instead, he is now a joke.

    hi dune23,
    welcome to the raisin. 😀
    nader was not the only reason that chimpy got the white house, but he certainly was part of it. i think the rethugs would have stolen floriduhhhh no matter what. nader was one more distraction. he knew damned well he was not going to win, so he should have manned up and told his supporters in states that would make a difference, such as floriduhhhh, to support gore and then kerry. of course, his ego would not allow him to do that. i wish he would just shut up and go away.

  10. dune23

    Please excuse my slightly garbled comments yesterday. I had a double epidural and was still a bit groggy.
    But the general idea was correct. Of course Nader wasn’t the ONLY reason for a Bush win in 2000. Just like the Supreme Court wasn’t the only reason, and Jeb being the governor wasn’t the only reason.
    I cannot believe that there was not a greater amount of discussion about our outdated electoral process. Let’s face it, we now live in an educated and connected society that has a right to have their individual votes count.
    It is high time for us to look at this process and possibly declare winners on a percentage of the popular vote and hve a runoff if there is no mandate of 50% or more. I believe this would make the third and even fourth party candidates more realistic and disable the process by which they just become spoilers for one party or the other. I am not a raving liberal by any stretch. I just was sure Bush was a terrible choice and, as we have seen, has turned out to be the worst president in the history of this country.
    Our credibility is ruined, the Constitution is shrinking, our economy is trashed, and our young men are being killed and maimed for no good reason.
    Thankfully and regretfully this is what it takes to wake up a country…. A Really Shitty President!!!
    Oh yeah!

  11. nonnie9999

    you don’t have to convince me. i live and vote in floriduhhhh! my vote hasn’t counted in 8 years. i sometimes wonder why i bother.
    i hope that you are feeling better. double epidural–ouch!

  12. nightowl724

    I’m OK with a fourth, fifth, and “infinity-th” party, even knowing that I wouldn’t like some of them and/or their candidates, especially if all were given equal treatment. Nader (or some other 3rdPC) “could” have just as easily backed out and thrown his supporters to Bush. Isn’t he the one who said that Democrats = Republicans?

    I am not a Nader fan per se, I just think there are more important reasons for why Gore “lost,” like the ridiculous electoral college system, piss-poor voting mechanisms, voter intimidation, American apathy, and flat-out old-fashioned cheating.

    And, I think MOST presidential candidates are only in it for their egos, so…

    But, I do agree with you that Nader should have quit while he was still respected!

  13. nonnie9999

    i agree that most candidates are in it for their egos. however, there are some very viable serious candidates who really could make a go of a third party run. nader belittles that and makes a third party run a joke. if he would just shut up and go away, maybe a serious candidate will come along to really challenge the 2 existing parties instead of just being the spoiler.

  14. nightowl724

    Like Ross Perot, maybe?

    The system now is such that only goofball and darker-than-dark horses candidates will run on a third-party ticket. No 3rdPC is taken seriously by the MSM. They are not invited to debates. The Fairness Doctrine is dead. In PA, 3rdPCs don’t even have to be on the ballots and independents can not vote in the primaries (which we have been fighting tooth and nail)! In the new $billion campaigns, 3rdPCs can’t possible compete.

    Until we level the playing field, it will remain this way. Even strong fringe candidates will align with the D/R machines. A good example of this is the RINO-Libertarian (heaven forbid) Ron Paul. Kucinich is so far to the left, his supposedly “own” party has completely marginalized him. Back when we had REAL “hope,” someone asked Gore if he would run as a 3rdPC, which would have been very appropriate in his case, and he said no way.

    If Obama wasn’t running as a D or R, we probably wouldn’t even know his name. If Jesus Christ, Mahatma Ghandi, or Mother Teresa were in the race as 3rdPC candidates (who else would have them?), even they wouldn’t have a chance. But, I couldn’t blame them for being spoilers!

    With which party would Nader align? He says that D = R are the same because in many ways they are! Neither truly defends the common (wo)man and both represent only big business, especially the military-industrial complex. You are a free thinker, but most people just hear what the media says about Nader – he’s a kooky, egotistical, leftie has-been – and he’s an A-rab, to boot. He is much more. If you are interested, see below.

    I’m almost ashamed to say I don’t know “that” much about Nader. I can’t/won’t give him serious consideration for one reason only: he doesn’t have a chance. Otherwise, I’m not all that keen on either Clinton or Obama and would surely think outside the box if I “reasonably” could. But, I can’t. This time (more than ever!), Job One is preventing another Republican administration at (almost) any cost. That’s sad. I am so tired of voting “against” someone or “for” merely the lesser of two evils.

  15. nonnie9999

    i think that we are going to see a lot more from independent parties very soon. the press gave michael bloomberg a lot of attention when they though he might run with hagel. as the public gets more fed up with the dems and the rethugs, the braver politicians will get, and they will start running on independent tickets instead of on the big 2. change happens slowly in this country, whether you like it or not. making it a campaign buzzword does not make it come any faster. i think it will have to start in the smaller states. minnesota has already had an independent governor–jesse ventura. i can see it happening in other smaller states where politics is a lot more face-to-face. it is going to have to be a grassroots effort.
    as for nader, politics is part a personality game, whether we like it or not. he is glum and unappealing. he has done some good things in the past. so have a lot of other people. that doesn’t mean that he or they are qualified to be president.

  16. in2thefray

    Nonnie or members of the group:Just to pick you’re brains outside of graphics etc. The Rethugs (your words I type out of respect) and the Dums(mine out of respect to my sanity-no disrespect to you all),which one breeds another party ? Or do you think a 3rd would be more centrist ? Honestly asking under the “fellow humans shared a thought & I would like to hear more”blogging philosophy I trying to practice.

  17. nonnie9999

    hi i2tf 😀
    i think it is going to be a hybrid. i think there will be a dem and a repub (said out of respect for you, my friend) who will get so pissed off at business as usual that they will form their very own coalition in order to get things done. i think it will be more centrist, in the sense that it will be more common sense and less cut-throat. i think the problem so far with 3rd parties is that they are seen as too extreme. if there was a party of common sense that concentrated on the really important stuff, it would attract a lot of people.

  18. nightowl724


    I think if any third party had true opportunity, there would be many “third parties,” especially for a while until a few emerged as the best and most popular. I would like to think that at least one “winner” would be a no-bullshit party favoring individuals instead of big business and for peace instead of war, war, war that could somehow seduce Americans away from the TV and towards the election booth. For this to happen, we need to be able to believe in the party and the candidate and that the election process would be fair so our votes would actually mean something.

    I happen to believe polls that show Americans to be a lot, well, NICER, than one might imagine from the results we are seeing on election day – where (at best) a mere 51% of the (at best) mere 60% of registered voters of the (at best) mere 69% who actually register decide who runs the nation. Those are the stats from the last presidential election – and they are lower in “off” years. My math shows that no more 21% of all eligible voters actually picked Bush!


  19. in2thefray

    Of course those numbers hold true for Bill too. Sorry just had to be a Rightie and toss that in. Your math sounds true enough. My questions on a 3rd is one of curiousity. I was thinking a centrist one would need broad support and Unity08 kinda fizzled imo. A variant of the extremes is one I thought might have a chance at some staying power. I’m not one but if all the Paulaholics really believe in what they say isn’t that a 3rd party set up ala Europes modeling. I think B.O. get s the nod but if he didn’t couldn’t his “message” be a catalyst for a D alternative. My latest bit of bad news to my Dem friends (yeah I got ’em and they even like me) is Hillary tries to create an emergency 3rd for 08.I don’t know if they have the gas to still twist the DLC/DNC but we’ll see. Thanks for sharing and allowing me to ramble.

  20. nightowl724

    Hey, in2thefray, you’re right! As a matter of fact, I think Bill received a lower percentage overall than Dubya – something like 20%.

    Paul is a so-called Republican because of the power of the D/R machine. There will be utter chaos if whomever doesn’t get the D nomination tries a 3rdP run and I suspect either candidate would at least consider it! A situation like that could be the catalyst that removes (finally) the 3rd party stigma, especially if a 3rdPC wins.

    Obviously, I’m not hoping 3rdP legitimacy happens that way because I fear it would hand the presidency to McCain. Truly, the US (and the rest of the world) might NEVER recover from that.

  21. nonnie9999

    i highly doubt that a dem would start a third party, no matter who gets the nom. i would be more inclined to think that huckleberry might branch out on his own and run under the crazy-as-a-f’ing-loon party banner. hey! maybe he can run as the connecticut for lieberman ticket! beside old huckleberry, however, i think there are people like bloomberg floating around who are no longer affiliated with one party or another and would add legitimacy to a 3rd party. in fact, i think that there really is a 3rd party in a way. i think that there are a lot of people on both sides of the aisle who are feeling disenfranchised. the idiots in dc no longer represent what the parties are supposed to stand for. you have people like bruce fein saying that he wants chimpy impeached. he is a “real” republican, and he believes in the constitution. the clowns on capitol hill believe only in party labels, not about principles or the people they are supposed to represent. there are a few exceptions, but, for the most part, it has become a cozy little country club. i think the time is ripe for 3rd parties (and by that, i mean more than just one).
    speaking just for myself, i am a dem because i have always been one, and i get nostalgic about that kinda thing. i also want to be able to participate in the primaries. as far as voting, though, i would not hesitate to vote for an independent if i felt that s/he was the best person for the position.

  22. nightowl724

    Amen to that, nonnie!

  23. johnofsilence

    Open the debates! First one is Friday!

    I’m not a bot, I know you care about the democracy of our government, so we need to get this done. There are 6 Presidential candidates this year all of which are qualified and capable of winning, so why are there only 2 people on the debate! Bigotry, two party bias! Let’s flood the email inbox and the phone lines with: Open the Debates.

    It takes 5 mins. Please help me make a difference . Below is a script but please feel free to appropriately modify it to support your candidate .

    Step one:

    Call Barack Obama at 866-675-2008.
    Hit 6 to speak with a campaign volunteer.
    Once connected, politely deliver the following message:

    Hi, my name is …

    I was wondering if Senator Obama, being a believer in equal opportunity and equal rights, could insist that Ralph Nader and other ballot qualified third party candidates be included in the upcoming Presidential debates?
    After all, Nader is on 45 state ballots.
    And he’s polling well nationwide. And he could help Senator Obama challenge the corporate Republicans.
    True, Ralph would critique Senator Obama for his corporate ties also. But isn’t that what democracy is about? Could you please leave this message for the campaign manager? Thank you.

    Step two:

    E-mail Janet Brown, the executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates.

    Here’s a sample e-mail:

    Dear Janet Brown:

    Greetings. You must be busy. Preparing for the first Presidential debate this Friday. So, I won’t take much of your time. Just wanted to let you know that the American people were not born yesterday. We know the deal. Take that little private corporation that you run. Controlled by the two corporate parties. And funded by big business. For the purpose of excluding independent minded candidates. Friday, two Wall Street candidates are scheduled to be in the ring. Barack Obama and John McCain. The one candidate who represents the American people, Main Street, if you will, will be on the outside looking in. So, here’s a simple request. Drop your exclusionary restrictions. And let Ralph Nader into the debates.
    It will be good for your conscience. Good for the American people. (I believe it was The League of Women Voters that called your corporatized debates “campaign-trail charades devoid of substance, spontaneity, and honest answers to tough questions.”) And good for democracy. Let the American people have a real debate for once. Main Street vs. Wall Street.

    Thank you.

    your name.