On Meet The Press this morning, Ralph Nader, perennial third-party candidate, said he's running for president of the United States. Launching his third bid in as many races, Nader said,
Dissent is the mother of ascent. And in that context, I have decided to run for president.
Shunning the notion that he serves as nothing but a spoiler for a Democratic party victory, Nader shot back,
Not a chance. If the Democrats can’t landslide the Republicans this year, they ought to just pack up, close down, and re-emerge in a different form.
How will this development affect the race? Could Nader's entry bait other third-party runs? Is Bloomberg on Nader's speed dial? Though many nations have political landscapes that support lots of political parties, can our solidly binary system support triangulation by a third — or does the other candidate stand to be a mistress, a spoiler distracting voters from working on their relationship with their party?