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June 26, 2004
Oh, And You're Fat, Too

Speaking of Ralph Nader, he sent a message to Michael Moore on his campaign blog accusing him of selling out his progressive credentials to the Establishment, in the form of the Democrats (via Instapundit):

Once upon a time, there was Michael Moore the First. He never forgot his friends. Come time for the Washington, DC premiere of Bowling for Columbine a while back, he invited his old buddies in Washingtongave them good seats and spent the rest of the evening with them. During his other movie's premiere, he affectionately recognized how much those old friends helped him and supported him after he was mistreated and let go by Mother Jones. He was generous with his words and time.

Now there is Michael Moore the Second. Last night he hosted the Washington, DC premiere of Fahrenheit 9/11, and who was there? The Democratic political establishment, the same people whom he took to such mocking task on the road with us in campaign rally after campaign rally in 2000. Who was not there? His old buddies! Not personally invited, not personally hung out with.

A few weeks ago, Michael, I sent you a message: "Hey, Dude, where's my Buddy?" It is attached. It has gone without reply. It simply asked you to come back to your progressive constituency and take on the two-party monopoly of our rigged election systemto challenge the pro-warlike, corporate party with two heads, wearing different makeup when it comes to playing toady for Big Business.

I'm not sure why Nader bothered to write to Moore, or why Nader felt the need to get an invitation to the premiere of F-9/11. As a humorist, Moore makes a poor documenatarian, and as a documentarian an even worse humorist. Nader could easily have picked up the phone and called John Kerry or Tom Daschle, and I'm sure that either would have bent over backwards to get him a ticket. Speaking of which, how can Nader cluck his tongue at Moore for hanging with the Demmy homeboys when he spent his time the last couple of weeks meeting with Kerry, the Congressional Black Caucus (all Democrats), and offering his suggestion for Kerry's running mate (John Edwards)? He's spending more time with Democrats than Moore spends at McDonalds. He's hardly the progressive's model of sanctity when it comes to canoodling with the "pro-warlike, corporate party with two heads, wearing different makeup."

Speaking of eating, Nader even extends weighty opinions on Moore's size:

Your old friends remain committed to blazing paths for a just society and world. As they helped you years ago, they can help you now. They are also trim and take care of themselves. Girth they avoid. The more you let them see you, the less they will see of you. That could be their greatest gift to Moore the Secondthe gift of health. What say you?

I'm no fan of Michael Moore, but I'll offer him this advice: use the Dick Cheney response to this last bit of advice, because Nader's doing his best Pat Leahy impression.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at June 26, 2004 9:15 PM

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