Nader: Let’s let a billionaire buy the presidency, or something

posted at 3:21 pm on February 25, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

How old am I? I’m old enough to remember when Ralph Nader fought against the corporations, man, and the interests of the so-called One Percenters. Nader ran for the presidency twice on populist platforms that professed to return political power to the people. One of those runs arguably cost Al Gore enough votes in Florida to cost him the election in 2000.

Good times, good times:

Former third-party presidential candidate Ralph Nader wants to shake up the two-party American political system, and he’s got just the person to do it:

Oprah Winfrey … or Bill Gates … or Ted Turner.

Nader, who ran for president as the nominee of the Green Party in 1996 and 2000 and as an independent in 2004 and 2008, is out with a new memo outlining 20 “modestly enlightened rich people” (a.k.a. MERPs) who could run for president and shake up the two-party system.

The Dream Team of MERPs include Winfrey, Gates and Turner, along with former third-party New York governor candidate Tom Golisano, former AOL chief executive Steve Case and hedge fund founder Tom Steyer, who recently suggested he might spend as much as $100 million to help Democrats win the 2014 election and push the issue of climate change.

“Presently, only very rich modestly enlightened people could have a chance to break this introverting cycle of political oligarchy, which unenlightened rich people generally approve of, that sets its own rules, makes its own laws, appoints its own judges and even brazenly forces taxpayers to finance its quadrennial political conventions,” Nader writes in the memo, which was shared with The Washington Post.

The Post’s Wesley Lowery deconstructs Nader’s list of MERPs here. Rest assured, though, that the name “Koch” appears nowhere on it, nor does the name “Adelson.” This auction is only limited to politically-correct billionaires, whose moneyed interests just happen to coincide with Nader’s. Funny, I don’t recall Nader having much good to say about Mitt Romney, even though the Romneys do much good with their wealth. (In fact, a Nexis search shows no Nader comment on Romney at all in the last three years.)

This, apparently, is not satirical, which I half-expected it to be. It is, however, a great demonstration of the hypocrisy in populist politics. The same kind of people who hyperventilate at the mention of “Koch brothers” have no problem with commercial power in elections when it serves their goals. Even the language is hypocritical. Nader speaks of “a chance to break this introverting cycle of political oligarchy” by … electing an oligarch, and having the oligarch buy the election. Nader actually doesn’t mind oligarchs, but he wants to choose the oligarch in question. So much for populism.

If billionaires want to run for the presidency and self-fund, they’re welcome to do so. That would actually be a great demonstration of the folly of current campaign-finance regulation, and a healthy springboard for getting rid of it altogether — and it will be fun to see Nader demand even more such regulation after essentially putting the presidency up for sale. But to have a so-called populist and self-professed advocate for the common man against Wall Street recruit billionaires to buy the presidency is self-satire on the largest possible scale. This call for MERPs is more like a big, huge derp, and should destroy whatever’s left of Nader’s credibility.


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…he has John McCain’s disease!

KOOLAID2 on February 25, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Ralph Nader fought against the corporations, man

Ralph Nader is a leftist. He has no other loyalties and he will use or discard any ideological cloak to advance the cause. This is true for most leftists. They will say or do anything if they think they will get away with it.

sharrukin on February 25, 2014 at 3:27 PM

MERPs are derps

rbj on February 25, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Rest assured, though, that the name “Koch” appears nowhere on it

Thank Goodness. They pay well! Wouldn’t have to withdraw my support of Nader over a issue like that. ; )

Bmore on February 25, 2014 at 3:28 PM

George Soros already bought himself one, and look how well that turned out for everybody.

AZCoyote on February 25, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Isn’t Nader suggesting plutocracy(rule by the rich)rather than oligarchy (rule by the few)?

Occams Stubble on February 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Isn’t Nader suggesting plutocracy(rule by the rich)rather than oligarchy (rule by the few)?

Occams Stubble on February 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Isn’t a plutocracy just one form of oligarchy?

Ed Morrissey on February 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Rest assured, though, that the name “Koch” appears nowhere on it, nor does the name “Adelson.”

Imagine the schadenfreude if they did run and won.

nobar on February 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM

We can do even better than Nader’s alternative to an election. Award the presidency via lottery.

I’m willing to give it a try.

Nomennovum on February 25, 2014 at 3:39 PM

I guess highly enlightened rich people, or HERPe’s, aren’t as popular

Flange on February 25, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Already been done. George Soros bought and brought the Obama Regime.

ConstantineXI on February 25, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Naw,………Community Organizational Sh*t-Crock-Stir’rs are in vogue
sumpins for Prez!!
(sarc)

canopfor on February 25, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Can anyone explain the distinction between DARPS (dumb as rocks progressives) and MERPS (modestly enlightened rich people)?

AltTuning on February 25, 2014 at 3:46 PM

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canopfor on February 25, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Nader’s ideas are more dangerous than the Corvair supposedly was.

Deano1952 on February 25, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Nader: from power to the people to we need a rich guy to tell us what to do.

besser tot als rot on February 25, 2014 at 3:51 PM

I’d rather have a plumber, auto mechanic, elevator repairman, etc. be President.

Preferably one with two kids, a mortgage, college tuition, two car payments. And who grew up in America (not Indonesia).

You know, somebody who understands the real reality of what it’s like to be an American.

Lance Corvette on February 25, 2014 at 3:53 PM

I guess you can spell Golisano without using W, T or F. Same with Nader.

cbenoistd on February 25, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Like “racism” before it, the liberal has raped the ever-loving sh*t out of the word “hypocrisy,” leaving the concept on the side of the road, and about as worthy of consideration as a soiled condom.

I seriously wish just one of them would demonstrate the courage of their convictions, and in so doing, finally kick off the latest in a long series of occasions wherein their worldview is once again violently flushed down history’s toilet.

Eric in Hollywood on February 25, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Soros will enslave you all.

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2014 at 4:01 PM

If Homer Simpson was a dhimmicEAT congressman from Ohio, he’d be Homer Simpson (D-OH).

davidk on February 25, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Soros was behind the FCC thuggery and the reason why the establishment media didn’t rail against it.

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2014 at 4:02 PM

The dismal trail of dead bankers continues. As The Journal Star reports, a successful Lincoln businessman and member of a prominent local family died last week. Former National Bank of Commerce CEO James Stuart Jr. was found dead in Scottsdale, Ariz., the morning of Feb. 19. A family spokesman did not say what caused the death. This brings the total of banker deaths in recent weeks to 9 as Stuart is sadly survived by three sons and four daughters.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-02-24/another-successful-banker-found-dead

davidk on February 25, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Has Nader reached his nadir yet?

Lanceman on February 25, 2014 at 4:11 PM

I’m old enough to remember Ralph Nader too, and from my recollection it was never about returning “political power to the people,” it was about wrecking havoc on corporate America using junk science and rigged tests. He single-handedly destroyed two iconic autos, the Chevy Corvair and the original Volkswagen Beetle.

When I was a kid growing up in the Sixties, my father had a Corvair, and he was about the only person in Syracuse that wasn’t stuck in a snowbank during the Blizzard of ’66.

ThePainfulTruth on February 25, 2014 at 4:12 PM

I’d be curious about Bill Gates if he ever explained his political views. Beyond that though this is lame. The billionaire I want to run for office is Peter Thiel.

eski502 on February 25, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Exit question: Why aren’t any of these billionaires voluntarily paying higher taxes yet?

eski502 on February 25, 2014 at 4:20 PM

The Saudi Royal Family is already lining up to purchase the reigns of our country.

Great days ahead!!!

NapaConservative on February 25, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Yes, three new “manufacturing institutes.” Three new Solyndras. If there was an opportunity to make a profit with improved manufacturing in Chicago, how likely is it that no entrepreneur would have any interest in sinking their own money into the project? In the meantime, there are opportunities (though not as many as there should be) to invest and make money. But every time the government takes money out of the economy, or drags it down with more debt, that means there is less money for private investment.

http://politicaloutcast.com/2014/02/watch-corruption-flow-obama-sends-70-million-plus-allies-chicago/

davidk on February 25, 2014 at 4:21 PM

I saw the supposedly conservative and business-minded CEO of Home Depot on Cavuto yesterday. He’s heading up Republicans for Cuomo because “Andy” is the best choice for NY. Apparently that whole get the hell out of my state tirade didn’t make it to Atlanta media outlets.

Happy Nomad on February 25, 2014 at 4:25 PM

I’m old enough to remember Ralph Nader too, and from my recollection it was never about returning “political power to the people,” it was about wrecking havoc on corporate America using junk science and rigged tests.

ThePainfulTruth on February 25, 2014 at 4:12 PM

My memory is closer to you yours than to Ed Morrissey’s.

Happy Nomad on February 25, 2014 at 4:29 PM

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canopfor on February 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Nader: insane at any speed.

James on February 25, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Ralph is just trying to get attention. No one listens to him anymore. For good reason.

There’s also the distinct possibility of senility.

GarandFan on February 25, 2014 at 4:40 PM

If Democrats didn’t have double-standards, they wouldn’t have any standards at all.

Glenn Jericho on February 25, 2014 at 4:42 PM

One of those runs arguably cost Al Gore enough votes in Florida to cost him the election in 2000.

Y’all need to get over this BS. If Algore had won his “home state” of Tennessee in 2000, Floriduh wouldn’t have mattered.At.All.

You are welcome.

ladyingray on February 25, 2014 at 5:18 PM

If that Commie twerp ever had any credibility, it was with teen twerpies tripping over their reddish forked tongues stuffed lovingly in Alinsky’s left ear (upload image). The idjit shoulda been run over by a Yugo years ago, but, comic relief is where you find it…

vnvet on February 25, 2014 at 5:37 PM

One of those runs arguably cost Al Gore enough votes in Florida to cost him the election in 2000.

Y’all need to get over this BS. If Algore had won his “home state” of Tennessee in 2000, Floriduh wouldn’t have mattered.At.All.

You are welcome.

ladyingray on February 25, 2014 at 5:18 PM

He also lost the historically-Democrat state of West Virginia, and lost his Boss’ home state of Arkansas.

Del Dolemonte on February 25, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Is this open to new citizens with just a smattering of terror connections? It would be cool to have the first Saudi/murican Presidential Prince of Islam.

BL@KBIRD on February 25, 2014 at 5:42 PM

This jackhole is why my Buick doesn’t have chrome bumpers or pointy fenders. GTHFA.

S. D. on February 25, 2014 at 6:12 PM