Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I have nothing to really say about Dennis Kucinich voting yes...it's one vote, which means that it's one more vote that Pelosi won't have to get from a marginal district, and that's about it. But I am impressed that all three cable networks took his statement live. Plus he apparently got four meetings with the president, and a rally in his district with the president...all in all, Kucinich managed to use this to really move himself up, at least in the press's eyes, as a major figure on the loony left -- despite the truth, which is that he appears to be totally isolated. After all, he didn't bring a single vote with him, nor did he (as far as I know) even bring any support with him outside Congress; MoveOn was already strongly supportive of the bill while Kucinich was still claiming to be a no, and I very much doubt if any leftist individuals or groups out there still opposed to the bill will switch as a result of Kucinich's switch. In other words, he is in no sense an actual leader of the loony left, but he got treated by the cable nets as if he was. So, nicely played, Dennis Kucinich.