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Damnnn….Dennis is Out

dennis-kucinich.jpgOne of my friends, who writes a column for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, called while I was out doing errands with the news that Dennis Kucinich was dropping out of the presidential race.   When I got home, MSNBC was on and David Schuster just announced it as well.  (Speaking of David Schuster; there’s your substitution for Tucker Carlson, MSNBC.)

Kucinich will make the announcement Friday at a news conference in Cleveland. In an exclusive interview with Plain Dealer editors and reporters, Kucinich said he will explain his “transition” tomorrow.

“I want to continue to serve in Congress,” he said.

Kucinich said he will not endorse another Democrat in the primary.

Initially, Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich were the two I most favored; I also liked Bill Richardson.  John Edwards – I know I’d vote him regardless.   And truth-be-told, I’d vote for him over Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, unless they’re the candidate.   Edwards is who I had decided to go with at the caucus on the 5th of February as well.


9 Responses

  1. If people would simply go with the candidate they think would truly represent them instead of the jackass pawned off on us by the MSM, we’d have a better field of candidates.

  2. Well, I can’t say that I don’t blame him. When you’re being locked out of all the debates and the news media won’t take you seriously, why waste the time, money and effort?

    What a shame….a dirty shame that we aren’t allowed to choose our candidates, and the media does it for us.

    I’m glad he’s going to stay in Congress. At least he has a great wife who seems to really love him, and that’s worth more than any election, IMO.

    I also don’t blame him for not endorsing any candidates. What did they ever do for him? If they stood united, they could have said either Dennis is in the debates or they aren’t. Instead they all thought of themselves. That’s why we’ll never have true unity in the Democratic party.

  3. Yes, it’s clearly the media’s fault that Dennis wasn’t appointed President by acclamation. After all, if you spend all your time around Kucinich supporters, you just know that everyone else in the country (except for the occasional evil Neo-con) agrees with you, and the only reason to explain the fact that the “true progressives” get so few votes is that the Corporate MSM shuts them out. If people truly listened to them, probably 80% of the population would agree with his plans, like a “Department of Peace” and reparations for slavery. Just look at all the on-line polls he wins! (Not surprisingly, Ron Paul supporters believe the same thing. Theories that these candidates get little tangible support —other than a few hundred thousand really dedicated people — because their ideas have no relation to the real world are laughed off.)

  4. Bubblehead, do yourself a favor and reveal no more of your cluelessness. It is clear that you are happy with the status quo, and it wouldn’t matter to you how many examples of MSM censorship were pointed out to you-you don’t care. In your world, the economy is booming, we’re winning in Iraq, the President is a Christian of great compassion and an international visionary, and John Kerry was a coward and a cheater who faked injuries to get medals. Your talking points are too tiresome to me for me to even bother swatting them down.

    Dennis is a good man, and he brought things to the table that are inconvenient to talk about. Paul, to an extent, does the same thing, although I’m also in disagreement with many of his views. They BOTH deserved more of a voice at the table, regardless of what we think of them.

  5. Wow, I’m not sure how closely you looked at my blog to come up with those things I “think”, because none of them are true. (It’s interesting to me that you immediately assume that anyone who laughs at Rep. Kucinich is some sort of Bushbot neocon.) My point is that the media will cover things that the most people are interested in, and the vast majority of Americans aren’t interested in the rantings of Dennis Kucinich. The media also doesn’t cover 9/11 conspiracy theorists very much — even though a few people feel strongly about that topic — because they’d be laughed out of the room if they did (and people would stop watching them). You call that “censorship”; I call that recognition that they shouldn’t waste time on ultimately unimportant things. Bottom line — about 4% of Democrats (and 2% of the country) like Kucinich’s proposals, and lots of media coverage wouldn’t have changed that. His policies don’t work in the real world, and the American body politic understands that.

  6. I don’t know if Jolly Roger looked over your blog or not, bh.

    I do know I don’t agree with your assessment of the media. It’s late, I just got off work, and I’m not really interested in covering stuff I know I’ve covered in discussion with people elsewhere regarding the MSM in this country. Those in the media, especially those on cable news channel are part of the status quo. They’re owned by conglomerates who want to control the message and if they could figure it out, the reaction to that message. The basic premise behind the message of Dennis Kucinich is not supportive of the status quo.

    Where did you get the 4% of Democrats and 2% of the country ‘like Kucinich’s proposals.’?

  7. Just from his support in various polls — he normally polled around 4% among Democrats, and I assumed that Democrats make up half of the electorate. Granted, I’m sure more people than that liked his individual proposals — maybe 10-15% like reparations for slavery, for instance, and his other proposals probably rate higher — but the whole package only seemed to garner the 2% I mentioned who liked his proposals enough to translate their “like” into support for a Presidential bid.

  8. maybe 10-15% like reparations for slavery, for instance, and his other proposals probably rate higher

    Wow….that’s the first I’ve heard of that.

  9. I used the only poll numbers I could find on the question, from back in 2002: 55% of African-Americans support reparations, and 6% of whites. Assuming 12% of the population is African-American, that works out to about 13%.
    (http://archives.cnn.com/2002/LAW/03/26/slavery.reparations/ )

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