Triumph the Insult Comic Dog interviews Ralph Nader


By Joe Campbell
September 20th, 2008


 

Nader is so pathetic, this interview veers between humor and pathos. At times, it looks like Nader is about to cry. But he tries so hard to be in on the joke. He can’t seem to decide whether to attack the dog puppet or to try to get his vote – and he tries to do both. Towards the end of the interview, Nader attempts to defend himself in a sing-song voice:

Triumph: Come on – you screwed Al Gore. You campaigned in the swing states.

Nader: Politics has gone to the dogs! With two parties, Republicans and Democrats!

Triumph: [interrupting in a sing-song voice] You campaigned in the swing states. You campaigned in the swing states. Harder. Harder.

Nader: [interrupting, in a sing-song] You’re telling a canine lie. You’re telling a canine lie.

I would feel bad for the guy if this weren’t all of his own volition. He did seem to betray a feeling of guilt in how he defended his 2000 campaign – but he refused to acknowledge any responsibility – and deflected the blame onto the Republicans.

But if the past eight years has proven anything it is that Nader’s core message was wrong – that it wouldn’t make a difference if a Democrat or Republican was elected, if Gore or Bush won – both were equally bad. Nader rightfully has much criticism of our two-party system and how it exerts a stranglehold on power – but the Bush administration proved definitively that it matters who is elected. And Nader, after promising not to campaign in swing states to raise money, decided to campaign anyway and without his support in Florida, we would have had a different president.

Something to remember as we approached another Tuesday in November.

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7 Responses to “Triumph the Insult Comic Dog interviews Ralph Nader”

  1. Osgood Azit-Getz Says:

    Triumph is a tough interviewer and Nader stood up to him pretty well. I’d like to see Obama getting ripped by Triumph – although he would probably give him a pass.

    I think that this interview has convinced me to vote for Nader again – at least he was and still is really against the war, not like Obama. If Obama wins the election, the troops will stay in Iraq. He is just gelatin completely free of principles.

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    Chances are you quality of life is better because of Ralph Nader. The Cars we drive, the air we breathe and the water we drink are all safer because of his forty years of public service. Called America’s most important private citizen, Nader has built up a legislative record of progressive reform that eclipses most modern presidents. He was instrumental in the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. He’s founded HUNDREDS of non-profit organizations and was named Time magazines “100 Most Influential Americans in the Twentieth Century.” Of course, not many people know any of this because private corporations run by former chairs of BOTH democratic and republican parties own and control the debates. It goes deeper than Ralph Nader. Think electing a democrat will actually solve the route of all our country’s issues? Many Who oppose the murderous behavior of the US in Iraq sincerely believe that Bush and the people who control him are an aberration. Following this idea, in the minds of many Americans who oppose the war, that electing a Democratic president would somehow change everything and return sanity to the world. The Bush regime’s criminality is, in fact, totally consistent with the conduct of virtually every American administration of whatever party since the American Revolution. And the environment? Never before have our emerging environmental crises been laid out so clearly before us. Rather than shouting from the fringes, respected economists, scientists, and politicians are sounding the warnings in high-profile journals and the halls of government – warning that our oceans are dying, that the ice shelves are melting, and that we are setting ourselves up for the most massive and devastating market failure humanity has ever seen. So we recycle our garbage. We vote greener. We buy sleek, new hybrid cars and fill our houses with energy-efficient light bulbs. And we put our money and our faith in brave and ingenious technologies that will rescue us from the whirlwind. But it won’t be enough. Because this is not, fundamentally, a technological problem. Nor is it, fundamentally, a political problem. This is a problem of appetites, and or narcissism, and self-deceit. The planet is breaking, and it is breaking under the weight of our hunger for more. I hope for the sake of the world electing Obama eliviates some of the pain.. but we’ve got a long way beyond democrat and republican before we see it.

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