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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Kucinich Is Out

posted by on January 24 at 14:31 PM

He’ll announce tomorrow, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He doesn’t plan to endorse anyone else in the primary, though he threw his non-viable supporters to Obama in Iowa.

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It's beginning to look a lot like President Obama ...

Kucinich will make a great cabinet officer, just as Sen Clinton will make a great US Supreme Court Justice, in the Obama/Dodd or Obama/Edwards presidency.

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 24, 2008 2:45 PM

What, no photo of his hot wife to balance the rackshot of Thompson's when he pulled out? So to speak. . .

Posted by bill | January 24, 2008 2:49 PM

I'll miss his shit-eating grin.

Posted by Greg | January 24, 2008 2:50 PM

No [racist word], no smurfs.

Posted by non | January 24, 2008 2:50 PM

@4: What is your brain damage?

Posted by Greg | January 24, 2008 2:51 PM

Now who am I going to vote for?

Posted by Alan | January 24, 2008 2:51 PM

Sorry, I tried to cancel sending that last one and it went through anyway.

Posted by non | January 24, 2008 2:51 PM

Damnit. I was planning on voting for him because (1) of all the candidates, his views on policy align most closely with mine and (2) I am trying to weasel out of having to decide between HRC and Obama.

Now I have to actually decide. Crap.

Posted by Julie | January 24, 2008 2:55 PM

Maybe his spaceship called and is picking him, his hot wife and Tom Cruise up anytime now.

No, but seriously, this guy and his supporters are all nuts. Sorry, just had to say it. Ever run into one of his supporters at a party? My lord, stupid and uninformed, what could be sexier.

Posted by SlogWorthy | January 24, 2008 2:56 PM

Nooooooo!!! He said he was going to stay in until the convention! I loved his stubborn truth telling. I do think he served the purpose of making the party pay at least a bit more attention to their far left.


Posted by greendyke | January 24, 2008 2:56 PM


what department -- Secretary of the Left??

Posted by unPC | January 24, 2008 2:58 PM


Your pronouncements about Obama's cabinet are starting to sound like your assurances that we would have a transit bill by the end of February.

But don't worry- Obama will make a *fine* Vice President.

Posted by Big Sven | January 24, 2008 3:02 PM

Apparently, he is serious about the impeachment charges. If he had stayed in the media would have just said it was a publicity stunt for his campaign.

Posted by Zander | January 24, 2008 3:06 PM

Actually, he's getting serious about his re-election - Cleveland's mayor, Frank Jackson, endorsed Joe Cimperman, Kucinich's primary opponent, today.

These runs for President may cost him his House seat.

Posted by ru shur | January 24, 2008 3:15 PM

Apparently, we are NOT ready for a FLILF

Posted by Clint | January 24, 2008 3:15 PM

Dennis is right on Iraq. Right on health care. Right on the Patriot Act. Right on trade.

Too bad America has its head up its ass. Including Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, Annie Wagner and probably some others at Seattle's "alternative" weekly.

Posted by DOUG. | January 24, 2008 3:17 PM

@13 Actually his dropping out has nothing to do with impeachment, but the fact that he has a serious primary opponent. People in his district are tired of having a part-time Congressman who is always running for President and rarely representing them in Congress. Living in the 7th district, I understand his constituents' frustration.

Posted by Poll Watcher | January 24, 2008 3:18 PM

@11 No, no, Secretary of Peace, remember?

But hey, given his anti-choice history, he could probably get a seat in a GOP administration too.

Posted by Gitai | January 24, 2008 3:25 PM

Dang. And I gave him $100. And Ron Paul $100 and Obama $33.

It's unfortunate he was cut from the Iowa debates due to his campaign office not having a store front. Seem to set up a chain of debate exclusion.

He should guest star on American Idol. It has higher ratings anyway.

Posted by Anon | January 24, 2008 3:32 PM

@15 What are you talking about? I'd bang Laura in a second.

Posted by bma | January 24, 2008 3:38 PM

Finally, now I can focus my resources and my attention on the Gravel candidacy.

Posted by Sigourney Beaver | January 24, 2008 3:46 PM

@1 - Please. Kucinich won't be even be allowed near the next Presidential cabinet, much less on it.

Posted by Mahtli69 | January 24, 2008 3:57 PM

Julie, we'd love to welcome you to the HRC camp! Apart from being fun people - over here, EVERY American will be covered with health care.

Posted by WA for Hillary | January 24, 2008 4:12 PM

Kucinich who?

Posted by Fnarf | January 24, 2008 4:17 PM

@23: Why would Julie want to go with a candidate who has recently taken up deriding her rival for supporting single-payer systems?

Posted by annie | January 24, 2008 4:17 PM

@15 - Have you seen Obama's wife? She's smokin!

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 24, 2008 4:55 PM

@12 - I said 2008. I said it Feb 2008 would be the best, but I'd settle for Aug 2008 or Nov 2008 if need be.

Which Dept, @11 ... well, not the Dept for Peace, so how about Justice?

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 24, 2008 4:59 PM

Posted by Clint | January 24, 2008 5:43 PM


In my perfect world Kucinich would be part of a unified coalition of parliamentary parties that governed from left of center and that would implement most policy planks he supports.

But we have winner take all, not proportional representation. We have a focus on personality and likability instead of long term party building. Even among us over here on the Democratic side, we are mainly driven by likability, threats to not vote for the D in the fall if one's own candidate isn't the nominee, and so on.
We have stupid fights over "racism" because someone said soemthing about LBJ and didn't say the right thing about MLK, when at the same time we all need national health care and other things that are way more important.

We have huge numbers of people in DC who lack any representation in Congress at all, and that's a real deprivation of rights, and it leaves us 2 votes hsort int he Senate at all times, but few really care even within the Democratic Party. We'd rather fight about what's taboo or not taboo to say about AAs, Latinos, and women, and accuse another Democrat of being part of the KKK if they say the wrong thing.

Meanwhile we also act like it is just fine that we have this wacky system where 21% of the nation, the most conservative part, gets to elect 51% of the US Senators. We are under the collective delusion this is a democracy with majority rule, when it isn't. It's a minority rule system. We worsen this by supporting the idiocy of "minority rights" in the Senate's rules about cloture, although this empowers an 18% minority by population to dictate to the majority, which is why we can't stop the Iraq war or huge corporate giveaways or get national health care. Beyond that we have the nondemocracy of the electoral college, which is a means whereby rural conservative states (more dominated by huge corporations and the right wing) can rule over all of us in the larger, more diverse, metropolitan areas, although we have more people.

So, Will, if we were like most nations in Europe, we'd have a social democracy and we'd already have health care for all, and I'd be with you on thinking Dennis Kucinich would and should get into the cabinet.

Hell, he might've even been the guy to keep the socialists in line with the social democrats and the greens and the DLC types to get the whole center-left governing coalition together.

But in our system which is structurally undemocratic and tilted to the right, he's nothing on the national scale.


Posted by unPC | January 24, 2008 6:37 PM

@8: Exactly my view.

Posted by Christin | January 24, 2008 7:16 PM

If he wants to anything of lasting good for this election cycle, he'll announce his withdrawal and then the E.L.O. spaceship will come down, he'll lip synch "Turn to Stone," and then fall through a trap door in the stage.

God, I wish I was king...

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | January 24, 2008 9:13 PM

Wow.... I so did not see this coming! I just cannot believe he is not a viable candidate! I hope he at least does the right thing by telling his voters (who number somewhere below the sloggers) to support Gravel!

And a question.... is it mud-slinging if your name is Gravel???? What about Dirt??? Or if your initials are BHO?

Posted by gravelforpres | January 24, 2008 10:04 PM


Didn't you say the same thing about Bill 16 years ago????

Posted by willsux | January 24, 2008 10:07 PM

It looks like he announced it on The Colbert Report.

Posted by Chris in Tampa | January 25, 2008 1:25 AM

I think I loved Kucinich. This election is making me sick because no one had a record I could be proud of. After the lessons of his Mayorship (Which was a mixed bag), I have to say I have been in near perfect agreement with Mr. K, and I'm so sad he's leaving.

Posted by Andy | January 25, 2008 7:17 AM

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