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I am opposed to Dennis Kucinich essentially across the board: he is anti-war, anti-free trade, anti-business, anti-technology, he was anti-choice until this presidential campaign began, his track record as an administrator couldn’t be much worse – as mayor he plunged Cleveland into bankruptcy. And his voice is very annoying.

However, I have to give him credit for garnering more attention and support than I ever could have imagined – while there are many candidates whom fools could support, a surprising number have chosen Dennis.

This campaign tactic is actually quite clever, shows an affinity for popular culture and neatly ties the images of “underdog” and “success” to his campaign:

    Moviegoers who attend a showing of “Seabiscuit” this weekend may be surprised when they are handed a political leaflet as they exit the theater. Bearing the headline, “Long Shots Do Win!” the leaflet will be handed out by hundreds of Kucinich for President volunteers at theaters coast to coast.

    “Seabiscuit” tells the story of a racehorse derided by the experts as a long shot with no chance of winning, who not only wins, but inspires a nation. Kucinich volunteers will greet moviegoers with the “Long Shots Do Win!” flier and other literature about a candidate similarly derided by the pundits — a candidate who is inspiring large crowds of voters nationwide as his grassroots campaign picks up speed just 5 months out of the starting gate. Congressman Kucinich has a history of winning long-shot campaigns against better-funded opponents.

    Democrat Dennis Kucinich is co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and leader of antiwar opposition in the House. His grassroots campaign for president has raised $2 million, is expanding its staff across the country and winning endorsements from leading artists and activists. In early September, Willie Nelson will be performing several campaign benefits.

The text of the flier is here:

    During the Great Depression of 1938, a hero emerged in the unlikely form of a small, unknown, crooked-legged horse. Derided by the experts as a longshot with no chance of winning, Seabiscuit went on to victory,
    inspiring a nation.

    Amid these troubled times comes another darkhorse, a presidential candidate who the media pundits deride. Some in the media who went along with the dishonest Iraq war resent this candidate because he led opposition to the war in Congress, consistently and effectively…from the beginning. On the campaign trail, he gets the biggest crowds and biggest crowd reactions, especially among young voters. When people hear his message, they are inspired.

    The candidate is Democratic Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich. If enough people support his campaign, 2004 can be another year in which a longshot changes history.

I’m not sure it is entirely wise to compare onself to a horse, especially if one is particularly lacking in horse sense. But I must admit I’ll be impressed if he campaigns with Toby Maguire on his shoulders.

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  • Dawn

    Kucinich is perhaps the most annoying and incompetent politician I have ever encountered. I find him offensive on every level and anyone who supports him is a grade A assplow.

    Do I make myself clear?

  • Eric Olsen


  • Mark Saleski

    i think somebody needs to start a new news network….something like fox but without the snottiness.

    i’d just love to see dawn doing commentary like this.

    “assplow” on network tv would be oh-so-funny.

  • Craig Lyndall

    Dawn, I would have thought you would like Kucinich. I think Kucinich is a great candidate if you are a republican. If he gets the Dem nomination that will GUARANTEE that Bush will win the election.

    In all seriousness, I hope he disappears before he embarrasses the hell out of Northeast Ohio.

    I agree that “assplow” might be the funniest description for a human I have heard in a long time.

  • Eric Olsen

    Only assplows down’t like “assplow”

  • Dawn

    Mark – I can be uppity, but I am rarely snotty. You have to think you know something others don’t to be snotty, and I don’t know anything 😉

    Assplow: a word created by Eric, overused by me.

    Craig, I am not a Republican, but you have inspired me.

  • Al Barger

    Kucinich wants us to think he’s a racehorse. However, I question whether he’s even fit for the glue factory.

  • mike

    Anybody who switches on an issue like abortion is not to be trusted. It’s one thing to change your mind about tax credits for microbusineses in downtown Newark or somesuch, but you have no credibility when you announce one day that abortion is murder, and the next that it is a private matter. Or vice versa.

  • Eric Olsen

    Thank you Mike – it’s pretty fundamental.

  • Al Barger

    Mike, I agree with you wholeheartedly, a rarity.

    If I dare push the point, would you say that same thing about Jesse Jackson, who similarly changed his opinion on abortion?

  • mike

    Jackson was once anti-abortion? It’s not surprising, considering what an opportunistic buffoon he is. Like many lefties, I was snuckered by him in the 80s, to my everlasting regret.

    However (and this has nothing to do with Jackson), there is a difference I should have noted between sincerely changing your views over time as against turning on a dime to get elected, a la Kucinich.

    But it cuts both ways. Many Republicans made a sudden conversion to the pro-choice cause in the 90s to save their careers. And, of course, George Bush I became anti-choice in a minute so he could be Reagan’s running mate in 1980.

  • Eric Olsen

    Opportunism is not partial to any party or ideology

  • O

    In 1977, he was elected mayor and inherited a giant mess. A previous administration had misspent tens of millions in bond funds, and the banks came to the young mayor in a power play, saying that unless he agreed to sell MUNY Light, the city’s municipal electric utility, the banks would call in the loans and send the city into default. “They were trying to blackmail me,” said Kucinich. Despite enormous pressure to sell the utility, Kucinich refused, and Cleveland went bankrupt. Everyone thought the boy mayor’s political career was over. Even he thought that.

    But Kucinich prevailed. Even his harshest critics today admit that history has vindicated him, that he was right to refuse to sell MUNY Light. After a long hiatus, Kucinich returned to politics, first as a senator and then as a congressman. From Washington, D.C., he’s led successful crusades for his district. He has kept hospitals open, saved a steel mill and changed rail traffic in Ohio neighborhoods.

  • Eric Olsen

    Well, O, that’s one interpretation of history.