22 September 2014

"Hey! I think the time is right for a palace revolution,
Cuz' where I live the game to play is compromise solution!"


-Rolling Stones (Street Fighting Man)



While the sun in Iraq scorches an already turbulent soil, the heat of
election season is being felt back in the good ol' US of A.  Polls are
indicting a slight dip in the emperor's approval rating as his rival John
Kerry is flying around the country ignoring the rising US death toll in
Iraq.  The escalation in casualties, claims Kerry, has little to do with him
or any of the other Democrat and has everything to do with George W. Bush.
"We need to internationalize the effort [in Iraq]," blasts Kerry, "and put
an end to the American occupation!"  Remember, he is admitting that the
occupation will surely continue, it'll just be administered with more
diversity. Call it the new age of affirmative action.



Kerry isn't the only Democrat left in the ring however. Dennis Kucinich,
although haunted by a dry bank account and scarce media coverage, says he's
still swinging in the fray.  But does the featherweight from Ohio have any
fight left in him?  Ask his faithful supporters and they will inform you
that Kucinich's campaign still matters.  He's antiwar, anti investor rights
agreements (mislabeled free-trade by many), pro-environment, pro-universal
health care, and pro-choice (although late coming). Unlike Howard Dean,
Kucinich really does represent what the late Paul Wellstone called the,
"Democratic wing of the Democratic Party."



Nevertheless, Dennis Kucinich has run his campaign without an iota of hope.
It's not that his supporters haven't tried hard, they have. In fact they are
some of the most committed electoral activists since Jesse Jackson's Rainbow
Coalition. And it is certainly not that Kucinich himself lacks conviction.
Despite his weak balance on the wall in Palestine, and his call for a UN
backed occupation of Iraq, he is (was) clearly the best Democrat running for
president of the United States.  But the lack of hope comes from something
else entirely.  Are you stumped yet?



Well, you must have forgotten, Kucinich is still a Democrat.



That's right. His insurgent campaign no matter how well intentioned, was
always doomed for failure.  Sure people acted surprised as Ted Koppel and
other moderators all but excluded Kucinich from the primary debates. But
come on, who was really stunned by such shenanigans?  At this time the only
thing stunning is that Kucinich is staying in the hunt until June even
though Kerry has already solidified the nomination. He's not even going to
run for the House of Representatives and stand up for his bloc of
constituents in Ohio. Who is he standing up for then?



Back in Iowa, when it became apparent that all his toiling had done little
to entice locals to vote for him, Kucinich unreservedly threw his weight
behind John Edwards of North Carolina.  It was most likely a sign of what's
to come as Kucinich withdraws from the presidential race and advices his
faithful to follow the lead of John Kerry instead.  In fact, the reference
to the Rainbow Coalition may truly be fitting, as Kucinich's progressive
cohorts fade back into the Democratic establishment like Jackson's broad
base of activists did back in 1988.



If Kucinich were a true fighter he'd punch the Democrats in the collective
chin, join the Green Party, and call it a day.  But don't count on such a
heroic clash to break out on the streets of Washington.  After all, this is
American politics we are talking about, not Falluja -- where the most
exciting thing we've witnessed from a Democrat in the past year was when an
ex-Ku Klux Klan member stood up in the senate and waved his fist at the Bush
administration for its illegal war on Iraq.



And they wonder why they keep losing elections. If Kucinich really wants to
come out a winner after all is said and done, he better switch sides ASAP.
Otherwise he'll just end up a loser like the rest of his fellow Donkeys.



It's the last round Dennis. You need a knock out. Better go down swinging.