Alec Jacobs, Columnist
Ideology: Very Conservative | Writing from: Washington, DC
Until recently, Ohio representative Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat, was best known as the guy who somehow snuck onto the stage during the Democratic primary debates. His presidential campaign was taken about as seriously as Gary Coleman’s California gubernatorial campaign, and for good reason.
Kucinich claims that his views, far to the left of most Americans and most in Congress, are “mainstream.” But his 2008 platform tells a much different story. He called for:
A single-payer universal health care system
Immediate withdrawal from Iraq
Immediate repeal of the PATRIOT Act
Banning offshore drilling
Ending the War on Drugs
Increased gun control
These stances, he told reporters, “are center for the Democratic Party.” Not hardly. And then there’s the fact that Kucinich is a September 11th “truther,” meaning that he thinks the Bush administration may have played a role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “Our plan,” he told a crowd of Bush-haters in 2007, “is to tell the truth about 9/11.” Even the audience refused to applaud.
In June 2008, Kucinich introduced 35 Articles of Impeachment against President Bush, a resolution that even Nancy Pelosi refused to support. And when I’m on the same side as Nancy Pelosi, you know something is terribly, terribly wrong.
But why make him the terrible liberal of March 2010? For two main reasons.
First, his resolution (which was defeated overwhelmingly, 356-65) regarding the War in Afghanistan. Kucinich’s resolution would have mandated that the Obama administration withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2010. Because that’s how you win a war, right Democrats? With timelines! And they wonder why they have a reputation for being soft.
But more importantly came Kucinich’s announcement on March 17, which all but confirmed my suspicions that Obama is indeed the mayor of Stepford. Before boarding Air Force One with the president, Kucinich was firmly opposed to the health care reform bill. Stupid, yes, because Kucinich was too dumb to realize that, though not everything he had hoped for, the bill would have been a step in the right direction, but good for those of us who would like a sensible solution to fix our health care system. But after Air Force One landed, Kucinich had become a Stepford wife, announcing with his dull, lifeless eyes and a robotic tone that he would vote for the bill.
And all this when the month is only half over! Next thing you know, he’ll be groping male staffers!