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Why Can’t Dennis Kucinich Be More Like Jesse in 1988 Or More Like What Paul Wellstone Was?

Ideally, I’d vote for the most liberal Democratic Presidential candidate in the 2008 Texas primary. Regretfully though, that candidate in 2008 is likely to be the same person it was in 2004—Representative Dennis Kucinich.

I like Representative Kucinich well enough. I wish he were my Congressperson instead of the one I have. And yet–I can’t take Dennis seriously as standard-bearer for my views on the national stage. 

My first vote for President was for Jesse Jackson in the 1988 Ohio Democratic Primary. I knew Jesse would not win the nomination, but he made it to the convention and he made his case with a strong speech.

The late Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota considered running for President in 2000. He did not make the race in part due to severe back pain. Wellstone was the real thing and I think he would have done a great job carrying the banner as a serious candidate of the left.

Dennis Kucinich is no Paul Wellstone. I know some folks get excited over Kucinich’s push to impeach Vice President Cheney. To me, whatever I think of Mr. Cheney, that stuff is a waste of time. It marks Mr. Kucinich as a candidate of narrow segment of the left and not a candidate who can carry the message to a larger audience.

Reverend Jackson and Senator Wellstone were men with a more broad appeal than Mr. Kucinich. Mr. Kucinich won 3.8% of all Democratic primary votes in 2004. Compare that low number against the 29.1% of primary voters Reverend Jackson won in 1988.

It’s not all about the numbers. Beliefs count for a lot as well. But anyway you figure it, Dennis is not the man in 2008.      

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May 29, 2007 - Posted by | Political History, Politics

6 Comments »

  1. I think you are right.

    Comment by madmouser | May 29, 2007

  2. Well, I can’t argue much with that comment.

    Thank you for reading the blog.

    Comment by neilaquino | May 29, 2007

  3. “…Kucinich’s push to impeach Vice President Cheney. To me, whatever I think of Mr. Cheney, that stuff is a waste of time.”

    So you would get rid of the impeachment process in our government? Because if there ever was an administration that should be impeached is this one. It’s a fact that Cheney ousted a covert agent. How are we supposed to find out what other crimes he is up to if we don’t hold them accountable and investigate? Impeachment is about the rule of law, not about political “considerations.”

    Comment by ghamal | May 30, 2007

  4. No–I would not get rid of the impeachment process. I did not say I would. I’ve got no problem with investigations. Impeachment is very much a political act as it was in the case of Mr. Clinton and President Andrew Johnson. I swear I can recall an early 18th century impeachment of a Judge over politics as well. I’ll have to look that up.

    Investigate away. The impeachment process , in this case, just ends up as a distraction.

    Thank you for your comment.

    Comment by neilaquino | May 30, 2007

  5. You can sure throw the numbers around. But you don’t know squat about politics. Dennis Kucinich is the only electable Democratic candidate. And Ron Paul is the only electable Republican candidate.

    So if you were a Political Science major rather than a Math major, and you could talk to both Congressmen, what would you suggest to them?

    Comment by uscons | May 30, 2007

  6. Fortunately, we have clear choices from both branches of the Republocratic Party now running for President. Both have shown an understanding of, and respect for individual rights and responsibilities. They also have a deep respect for and understanding of the U.S. Constitution. Those who criticize the Constitution exhibit ignorance of history and “The Law of Nations”.

    This is…a government of, by, and for the People…but only if the People understand and accept this responsibility…and act. Don’t blame the Constitution when it is the lazy approach to its study and use that is at fault; this has placed us where we are. The Constitution has in it the solution to our political problem. But It cannot act.

    Comment by seaker | May 30, 2007


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