Politics & Policy

Press Turns on Kucinich

More evidence that Dennis Kucinich of OH-10 might be vulnerable has recently started to surface – specifically, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer recently published a piece savaging him for being unrepresentative:

Could the voters produce a Republican sweep thorough enough to whisk away Dennis Kucinich?

It’s hard to imagine. It’s harder yet to get one’s hopes up. But a very credible Republican candidate is running against Cleveland’s unrepresentative representative this year, and residents of the 10th Congressional District should be falling all over themselves to elect him.

His name is Peter J. Corrigan. He’s a businessman with expertise in the financial side of companies and — of all things — physics. In other words, he’s not stupid.

He’s not a Democrat, and although that would be an oddity in Ohio’s 10th District, it wouldn’t be a first. Republican Martin Hoke held the seat from 1992 until 1996, when Kucinich completed the most unlikely of political comebacks to take it away from him.

A mere 17 years after Clevelanders banished him from office for sinking their city into default, Kucinich headed off to Congress. And there he has lingered — at least when not running for president — ever since.

When he was first elected, the not entirely tongue-in-cheek assessment was that with 434 adults to supervise him in the House of Representatives, how much damage could Dennis do?

Besides, the 10th was a solidly Democratic district and if its voters chose to express their eccentricity by sending to Congress a fellow with a long history of wandering off into the political, fiscal and ideological weeds, well, what was the harm?[…]

His bills to yank U.S. troops out of active war zones right this very minute, and impeach this, that and the other member of the George W. Bush administration didn’t make the cut. Embarrassed fellow Democrats hunched their shoulders, averted their eyes and voted down those crazy ideas.

But they got Kucinich some ink, which is his lifeblood, and they allowed him to play the role he has perfected: the underdog who knows the whole world is against him, but who relentlessly pursues what he knows to be right, consequences be damned.

Subject to change, of course, when politically expedient.[…]

The district still leans Democratic, but it has never, ever leaned as far to the anti-military, anti-business, capitalism-hating left as Dennis Kucinich.

On that basis, the candidate who is representative of the district is Corrigan. The oddity is the incumbent.

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