The Nader Effect

How worried should the Democrats be that the 2000 spoiler won't quit?

When you are prospecting for hundreds of thousands of signatures, you can't afford to miss any opportunity. So Ralph Nader had a few tips for the small group of volunteers who were brainstorming last Wednesday night at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., a state where an independent presidential candidate needs 10,000 signatures to get on the ballot. "It's a very good time to be doing it right now, at graduations," Nader ventured, "and sporting events and churches." Someone else proposed canvassing obvious lefty hangouts like vegan restaurants and bookstore cafes. The volunteers briefly debated waylaying people on bike paths, and...

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