Great story by Kos about Nader’s so-far failed attempt to get on the ballot in Arizona. 90% of his signatures have come from Republicans–no surprise there. The means by which he tried to get on the ballot speak volumes:
The petition collectors were working for a GOP outfit, and were collecting signatures for two high-profile ballot initiatives. One is the “Protect Arizona Now” initiative, which is an anti-immigrant effort. The other is an attempt to repeal Arizona’s landmark Clean Elections Bill which provides for public financing of political campaigns.
The actual Nader petition did its best to fudge its purpose. The petitioners only said they were collecting signatures for an “independent candidate”. The words “RALPH NADER” were buried in the petition page in 9pt font.
So to make this perfectly clear — Nader’s petition effort piggybacked on both a xenophobic anti-immigrant effort, and an effort to roll back the state’s public financing of elections. This is how low Nader has sunk. Is it any wonder his negatives are in the 70s and 80s?
Yep, that interview with Buchanan is making more sense every day…