This is an article about cars, but Ralph Nader objected to the " causal stretch by Paul Ingrassia over three decades and millions of intervening human events leads him to conclude that 'decades after its demise, in the election of 2000, the Corvair’s legacy improbably helped to put George W. Bush in the White House.' ”
That is a stretch, but it might serve as a good lesson to third-party progressive candidates. Mister Nader goes on, "
Since we all have the equal right to run for public office in America, ascribing Gore’s plight to the Green Party indicates a second-class citizenship for third parties. For after all, didn’t George W. Bush “take” far more votes from Al Gore than I was accused of doing?The Republican and Democratic parties do not own the voters."
And he is right that the major parties do not own the voters, but he was so wrong when he declared that there was " no difference between the two parties". Had he withdrawn from the race when he saw he had no chance to win, and throw his support to Al Gore, he would have been a hero among progressives and many of the causes he supported would have happened.