Stephen Elliott’s “Bamboozled: Dispatches from the Nader Campaign” [February 2001] helped fill the gap in mainstream journalism’s coverage of Ralph Nader’s and the Green Party’s role in the last presidential election. Thank you for a welcome glimpse into a small part of history, and for an article so entertainingly written.
Stephen Elliott’s journal entries about campaigning for Ralph Nader shed some light on why Nader’s bid was so unsuccessful: sneering condescension and New Age machismo are not the most effective campaign tactics.
As a college-age woman, I can say that, had I been confronted with a “short white guy” in a janitor’s uniform who ogled me (carefully noting whether or not I was wearing a bra), consistently referred to me as a “girl,” and fed me tired and obvious exaggerations (Bush is a “not-so-distant relative of Hitler”; Gore a “compulsive liar”), I might have been a little reluctant to vote for his candidate. Fortunately, I watched Nader on TV and got a better impression.