Roger L. Simon

Now for a little comic relief: Nader vs. Kerry

What happens to old pols when time has passed them by? They sue each other:

Consumer advocate and 2004 independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader sued the Democratic Party on Tuesday, contending officials conspired to keep him from taking votes away from nominee John Kerry.

Nader’s lawsuit, filed in District of Columbia Superior Court, also named as co-defendants Kerry’s campaign, the Service Employees International Union and several so-called 527 organizations such as America Coming Together, which were created to promote voter turnout on behalf of the Democratic ticket.

The lawsuit also alleges that the Democratic National Committee conspired to force Nader off the ballot in several states.

Maybe they did. What do I know? But this should be entertaining to watch. I don’t think the DNC will be able to settle this one out of court. And, as we all know, even if Nader can’t get a lawyer to take his case on contingency, the “idealistic” consumer advocate can well afford a good attorney.