Socialist vs. Socialist – Ralph Nader Blasts Bernie Sanders


Petty and pathetic. Two P’s that typically characterize the great personalities of the left.

Ralph Nader ran for president and helped George W. Bush win Florida setting off a torrent of hate and denial. Now the Senate’s most prominent Socialist, Bernie Sanders is talking up his own presidential run. So Nader decided to fire off a letter blasting Sanders for skipping out on his convention… in 2007.

“In the past year I have called you many times at your Washington office. Your staff dutifully takes my messages, forwards them to you and you do not call back,” Nader’s whiny missive begins.

Nader truculently documents his failed attempts at kissing Socialist senate butt. “During your famous marathon address on the Senate floor in 2010, I called to congratulate you and suggest that your cogent arguments be reproduced in a small book. Your staff took the message to you. No return call.”

And then Sanders bailed on Nader seven years ago. And Nader has not forgotten or forgiven. “Back in 2007, we held the most notable conference on corporate power and reforms in the country right in Washington, D.C… I sent you a letter requesting an explanation for not showing up to relay back to the disappointed people who were in attendance. You chose not to reply.”

Somehow I don’t think Sanders is the only one who doesn’t reply to Ralph Nader’s letters.

Then Nader suggests that Sanders is just using his Socialist cred to fundraise. “You do communicate in one way  repeatedly, intensely, and expressing alarm. Along with others deemed to be on the right mailing lists, I receive many of your fundraising letters to help Bernie get re-elected. Your letters are full of warnings about the right-wing, corporate interests out to defeat you a shoo-in for re-election. Quick send a check to ward off the Huns.”

And Nader closes on a whiny self-serving note. “The national civic community in the nation’s capital can provide
much greater support if they can ever get in regular contact on major agendas with you and your staff.”

Sure, sure.

So what is Ralph Nader doing these days besides writing passive aggressive letters to Bernie Sanders?

Ralph Nader… launched a petition urging New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera not to retire; announced plans to open a tort law museum in his small Connecticut hometown; promised to recruit “enlightened billionaires or multibillionaires” to run for president; and wrote an open letter to Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig protesting the all-you-can-eat food deals at certain stadiums.

…  and spent two days counting the cars turning illegally onto Connecticut Avenue NW so he could complain to city officials about poorly positioned “No Left Turn” signs.

I have a feeling that there are a whole bunch of passive aggressive Nader letters out there that he types up to everyone from NPR to Michael Moore.


  • DogmaelJones1

    It’s a cheap shot, but Ralph Nader seems to have reached his mental nadir. Or he’s growing senile. He has nothing else to do, so he gets mad and passes the time by counting left-turning cars (he should object to anything turning left?) and writing fellow socialists that he shouldn’t be ignored, because he’s the original Ralphie. He’s old hat, he’s done his damage for the Left’s cause, and people ignore him. No one appreciates him anymore. He’s a has-been, the man who would be king. He becomes an annoying pest just to get attention to ensure no one forgets him and his role in history, but everyone wants to forget. him. Poor baby.

  • Benghazi Barack

    Says the man with the stock portfolio worth several million dollars

    • A Z

      Somehow Nader who doesn’t own a house, manages to find somewhere to sleep every night. Nader set up some sort of trust, which owns the houses, where he sleeps. Those house are probably worth another 500k to 1 million (maybe more).

      “According to the mandatory fiscal disclosure report that he filed with the Federal Election Commission in 2000, Nader owned more than $3 million worth of stocks and mutual fund shares; his single largest holding was more than $1 million worth of stock in Cisco Systems, Inc. He also held between $100,000 and $250,000 worth of shares in the Magellan Fund.[102] Nader said he owned no car and owned no real estate directly in 2000, and said that he lived on US $25,000 a year, giving most of his stock earnings to many of the over four dozen non-profit organizations he had founded.”

    • A Z

      “Politician Ralph Nader may not be famous for his estimated net worth of approximately $4.2 million dollars.”

  • Andy_Lewis

    Yes, they’re both leftists, but one is pro-American and prosemitic, the other isn’t.

  • Capt’nKangeroo

    So Mr Nader writes a letter encouraging a Senate leader to reach out to people who agree with him, organize to get things done and to promote what is needed in America. Almost as bad as being responsible for getting Big Auto to put seat belts and air bags in every vehicle while people like Dan Greenjeans complain about him even as his actions and citizens’ groups continue to save millions of lives on our planet. Maybe ol’ Ralph, having seen it all in DC, still has some great ideas on to save and improve all our lives – if only Senator Sanders and the rest of us, and Congress and Obama, could listen and lead. If only Danny Boy got off his duff and began reporting really important ‘front page’ news to compel us to do so.