Thoughts on Kucinich (D) Entering Presidential Race
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Cleveland) is in the race:
"Democrats were swept into power on Nov. 7 because of widespread voter discontent with the war in Iraq," Kucinich said. "Instead of heeding those concerns and responding with a strong and immediate change in polices and direction, the Democratic congressional leadership seems inclined to continue funding the perpetuation of the war."Unlike some, I'm very glad that he will join the field. It's not that I think he has a chance to win, it's that his hard-core anti-war stance will force the other Democratic candidates to take seriously the views of anti-war Democratic voters.
The White House and the right wingers are deep into a campaign to undermine the Iraq Study Group report and come up with a "change of course" that is merely a continuation of Bush's Iraq policy in disquise. I'm concerned that as the Republicans pull the debate hard to the right, the mainline Democratic Presidential candidates will shift to some perceived middle ground instead of maintaining stiff opposition to the debacle. We need a Kucinich in the mix to keep shouting about the emperor's nakedness. I don't think his idea of cutting off military funding will happen or would work, but his clamor will keep up the pressure to push for early redeployment.