Today's really really Bad Idea of the Day:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Ralph Nader is entering the presidential race as an independent, he announced Sunday, saying it is time for a "Jeffersonian revolution."
Here's what I can't figure: Does Nader really picture himself in the White House next January?
OK, the image of Nader replacing all the incandescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, exchanging the White House linens for those made from organic unbleached cotton, and ordering in a four-year-supply of recycled toilet paper is delightful, I know, but not too plausible.
Whatever Nader once achieved in the field of consumer protection pales beside the destructive effects of his 2000 presidential campaign. Although he hasn't seen fit to admit it, Nader does bear significant responsibility for George W. Bush's 2000 victory.
Now, as then, we have to ask what Nader could possibly offer voters that could outweigh the risk of another Republican president?
Nader's like a bear -- a very egotistical bear -- who has emerged from hibernation without noticing that the forest is on fire.