- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 4, 2000

Noble: Green Party candidate Ralph Nader, for his principled run at the presidency. Thankfully, Ralph Nader will not win the presidency, since his philippics against corporate capitalism could have been come from required reading at Moscow's Patrice Lumumba University and his economic proposals would undoubtedly cause the American economy to crash more assuredly than a Corvair.

Although the New York Times recently opined that "He (Nader) calls his wrecking ball candidacy a matter of principle, but it looks from here like ego run amok," it appears that Mr. Nader is actually running a campaign of conscience. He believes, rightly or wrongly, that corporate fertilizer has poisoned the roots of the Democratic party and by exercising his right to run for the presidency, he has given progressives a principled, and in many ways, pragmatic choice.

Author Barbara Ehrenreich put it best, stating that "A vote for Mr. Nader is neither a vote for Mr. Bush nor a vote nihilistically thrown away. For old-fashioned Democrats it's a statement of affirmation and hope."

Mr. Nader's crusaders (and perhaps Al Gore's raiders) deserve every vote they have fought for.

Knave: Vice President Al Gore, for his mendacious and yet all-too-maladroit vice presidency.

Mr. Gore must have dropped out of divinity school before he studied the Ten Commandments since his lies, or "serial exaggerations," have exceeded those of President Clinton in both volume and clumsiness.

Whether co-sponsoring legislation that he was not in Congress to pass, inventing technologies that he probably still does not understand, or proposing trillions in new spending while promising fiscal moderation, Mr. Gore seems quite unable to tell the truth.

Mr. Gore's secret pact with Russian kleptocrat Victor Chernomyrdin, which circumvented a law against arms proliferation that Mr. Gore had actually, and verifiably, co-sponsored, is merely the most pungent example. Although Mr. Gore claims that campaign-finance reform will be one of his myriad "first priorities in office," his claim of "no controlling legal authority," for what even the New York Times termed, "sleazy fund-raising," cannot, and should not, be forgotten.

What should be made of his determination "to establish a coordinated global program to accomplish the strategic goal of completely eliminating the internal combustion engine" despite his recent advocacy of the release of several millions of barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

Judging by recent polls, it appears that Mr. Gore, an emperor of rhetoric, has finally lost his clothes of credibility. It can only be hoped that on Tuesday, he will be stripped of his purple robe as well.

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