From this morning’s New York Times (online):

Nader Announces Third-Party Run for President – New York Times
Filed at 10:27 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ralph Nader said Sunday he will run for president as a third-party candidate, criticizing the top White House contenders as too close to big business and pledging to repeat a bid that will ”shift the power from the few to the many.”

Nader, 73, said most people are disenchanted with the Democratic and Republican parties due to a prolonged Iraq war and a shaky economy. The consumer advocate also blamed tax and other corporate-friendly policies under the Bush administration that he said have left many lower- and middle-class people in debt.

”You take that framework of people feeling locked out, shut out, marginalized and disrespected,” he said. ”You go from Iraq, to Palestine to Israel, from Enron to Wall Street, from Katrina to the bumbling of the Bush administration, to the complicity of the Democrats in not stopping him on the war, stopping him on the tax cuts.”

”In that context, I have decided to run for president,” Nader told NBC’s ”Meet the Press.”

After being the spoiler costing Al Gore the Presidency in 2000, and incurring the wrath of most Democrats in 2004 when he chose to run again (and dropping from 2.7% of the votes cast in 2000 to a mere 0.3% in 2004), he’s running again … to what end? He has no chance of winning, and is beginning to just sound like a crank rather than a true advocate for the American people.

Give it up, Ralph. It’s a different world that what it was when you declared the Chevrolet Corvair “unsafe at any speed” back in 1965. And while your ideas are not irrelevant, the way you choose to express them are more of a hindrance to change than a help.