June 24, 2004

Black Caucus demands Nader leave Presidential ballot

Nader & Cummings before yesterday's meeting
Independant Presidental candidate Ralph Nader stormed out of a contentious meeting on Capitol Hill yesterday, where members of the Congressional Black Caucus, led by CBC head Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), demanded that Nader abandon his bid for the White House.
Nader stormed out of a Capitol Hill meeting in which members of the Congressional Black Caucus told him to abandon his bid for the White House. The chairman of the group, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), refused to apologize for a meeting that Nader publicly described yesterday as abusive.

"Some of them used very abusive language," Nader told National Public Radio host Tavis Smiley during his morning program. "Congressman [Melvin] Watt of North Carolina used such abusive language until I could hardly believe what he was saying."

"We could understand his right to run, but we were just convinced after the meeting that this was just about Nader," Cummings said. "First of all, he can't win, but he can be an aider and abettor of four more years of President Bush's regressive leadership."

Or to translate Cummings' words from bureaucratic-speak into English, "We hate George Bush so bad, and our candidate sucks so much that you'll (Nader) cost us the election, so sit your butt down now!"

It's pretty pathetic when a grown man begs, ain't it?

Posted by mhking at June 24, 2004 03:56 PM

The first part of the story is pretty outrageous too. It sounds like the Democrats are "wink wink, nudge nudge" "bending" laws about political parties staying out of ballot access laws in their quest to get Nader off the ballot.

And this was the party that got so righteously indignant in 2000 about Republicans supposedly preventing people from voting for the canidate of their choice.

Posted by: Gib at June 24, 2004 04:02 PM

Not surprising...the Dimocrats will say and do anything at this point to get power back. Look at loony Al...his previous comments notwithstanding, George W. Bush is a liar, even though the Clinton Administration came to the exact same conclusions...

Posted by: Neophyte Pundit at June 24, 2004 04:47 PM

Gee . . . given all this, I hate to ponder what the Dems might do if Bush does win the election. Try to mount a coup?

Posted by: Lola at June 24, 2004 05:02 PM

This reminds me of those people who warned Colin Powell that if he ran for the presidential nomination, they would destroy him.

Posted by: DarkStar at June 24, 2004 10:03 PM
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