Why It's Okay that Nader is Running

Nader's entree into the 2008 race has again raised the ire of many on the left for understandable reasons.  It is quite clear that his participation in the race in 2000 really did throw the race to Bush, condemning us to 8 years of gross mismanagement and incompetence.  That notwithstanding, lets take a little walk down memory lane and try to remember something of the political landscape in the 2000 election.