I spoke with independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader about an hour ago in advance of his visit to the Bay Area next week. We talked mostly about the financial market bailout – that’s what I wrote a story about, though I’m not sure if it’ll make it into tomorrow’s editions or Thursday’s – but we also discussed this ad of his:
The YouTube blurb: “Cardozo, here you are from the free flying Amazon jungle to a cage in Utah –albeit an open door cage with a fine master. Do not feel sad, Cardozo. Millions of voters have also been put into an invisible cage. It is a corporate-dominated two-party cage with no open door unless they break out and vote for Nader/Gonzalez. They stand specific and tall for justice, peace and freedom within a competitive democracy.”
Nader sighed sadly as I asked him about it today. “We have the best proposals to turn this country around, practical and seasoned – and Cardoza is the winner for hits on our Web site.”
“It’s all about the theater of the absurd,” Nader said, the same way he’ll be a guest on HBO’s rollicking “Real Time with Bill Maher” this Friday night to comment on the presidential candidates’ debate from which he was excluded.
He has taken tough questions from Conan O’Brien’s Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, he said, but can’t get calls returned from Charlie Rose, Bill Moyers, Terry Gross, Jim Lehrer, Katie Couric, Brian Williams or Charles Gibson due to “the political bigotry against third parties.”
So meanwhile, he’ll talk to parrots.
Nader repeated to me his thought from the video that perhaps he’ll don a panda suit and amble on down to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., to see if he can catch the mass media’s attention. I told him Oakland has been trying to get pandas for almost a decade, and urged him to give me an exclusive. We’ll see.