Ralph Nader: Not the first vanity candidate

In the last 50 years, several Presidential candidates who had been liberal or Left darlings during their serious runs for the office have been unable to resist going on to make a final vanity run that upsets and divides their erstwhile supporters.

Adlai Stevenson sought the Democratic nomination in 1960, and was predictably squashed at the Democratic National Convention by John F. Kennedy.

Eugene McCarthy ran as an independent in 1976, and finished about 38 million votes behind second-place Jerry Ford.

George McGovern sought the Democratic nomination in 1984, dropping out after finally losing Massachusetts.

And now Nader.

(Props to Jesse Jackson, who resisted the temptation to seek the party nomination in 1992.)

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