Ralph Nader has joined the race as an independent candidate, despite the chorus of “Noooooooooos” from many supporters and Democrats who remember his perceived role as a spoiler in 2000 and fear a replay. Mr. Nader may be unable to get enough serious national consideration to qualify for a fade.
But the long list of sure fades starts with once-front-runner Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (“He’s gone, or should be” and “became just tedious” after he tried to rebound from “the scream” in New Hampshire, though some believe he “probably still represents a wing of the party. He represents something.”).
Also on the list are jester Rev. Al Sharpton (who is either “wonderfully self-effacing,” “a caricature” or a “hustler” for whom “this is his latest gig.” “His 15 minutes are long gone and overplayed,” is one view. “He adds to the intellectual vivacity of the occasion. He’s not bothering anyone” is another.) Meanwhile, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, “has ruined himself,” Sen. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., “is finished,” Gen. Wesley Clark “became a little strange” but might be able to earn back some of his foreign policy “cred.”