Run! It's Brother Nader!

As I type these words Ralph Nader is appearing on NBC’s "Meet the Press" with Tim Russert to announce that he’s decided to run for the presidency. I greet this news with the neurological equivalent of a foot cramp.

Ralph Nader is the monk who none of the other monks will sit next to in the monastery. It’s not that he smells bad. It has nothing to do with his ideas.

No, the problem for Brother Nader is that post-industrial global-corporate society actually wants him to run. And he of course doesn’t possess enough personal irony to sense this.

Ralph, Ye Hardly Knew Ye.