So Salon’s Justin Elliott decided to call Ralph Nader (a man who reeks of exasperation, irrelevance, and mildew) to get his thoughts on that Sarah Palin lady and, jeepers creepers, Ralph kind of likes what he sees:

Ralph Nader hearts Sarah Palin?

We decided to call the longtime left crusader about a speech Palin gave in Iowa earlier this month, one which seemed to mark the transformation of Palin from a standard-issue movement conservative to something more independent and more reformist. And Nader told us he liked what he heard.

“I think she’s a lot smarter than most people credit her,” says Nader. “Judging by her comments, she is squarely in the camp of conservative populism, opposed to corporatism and its corporate state.”

I’m not sure anyone outside of Ralph really thinks that Palin had any idea about what her Iowa speech contained because, for all she knows, she probably stood at the lectern and repeated the word ‘boner’ over and over again for about twenty minutes before being lured offstage with something shiny and a six-figure check. But Ralph sees a prettier version of himself mouthing approximations of the things he has been saying for years and all of the sudden he gets starbursts in his pants which hasn’t happened since, well actually, never.

Nader adds:  [cont’d.]

If Palin continues down the conservative populist path — and that’s a big “if”; let’s face it, she’s not exactly known for ideological consistency — Nader thinks the message will be a political winner.

“It’s endlessly elaborative. She could elaborate it with all kinds of newsworthy examples — abuses, prosecutions, convictions,” he says.

That will apply especially if she jumps into the current “corporatist” GOP presidential field, Nader says. “She’ll really draw a line between herself and the others, who will never encroach on this.”

I would point out to Ralph that conservatives seem to like the “corporatist” job-creating just-barely-gettin’-by-on-$400k wing of the party, but then who am I to question the unerring political instincts of Ralph Nader…

Also. Obligatory old Nader post. Too.

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Yeah. Like I would tell you....