Reporter Robin Finn specializes in glowing profiles of local liberal activists, and her latest "Public Lives" piece, "Relocating, and Reclaiming a Mentor's Legacy," finds Henriette Mantel, who's just filmed a Ralph Nader documentary, "An Unreasonable Man," on what Finn terms was Ralph Nader's "devastating feud with the Democratic Party."
Finn lets Martel gush over left-wing populist Ralph: "'I thought he was a genius, and I don't use that word loosely,' she says. 'He was proof that yes, you can take on General Motors, and you can fight City Hall. Ralph is always up for a good confrontation with people who disagree with him; Ralph just does what he thinks is right. Part of the reason I did the movie was that I was sick of people yelling at me about how Ralph ruined the country and lost the election for the Democrats. I wanted someone from the other side to change my mind. I was open to someone proving it to me that it was Ralph's fault that Gore lost.'"