Whats a front runner to do? Well it certainly is not what Kucinich is doing. In a press release that I am still laughing over, he is advocating that ‘if you don’t vote for me, vote for Obama’. At this stage in the game, the last thing you want to do is show all of your cards. Of course we are talking about real candidates, rather than the Memorex type.
In what almost reads like a joke email his campaign says:

“Democratic Presidential candidate and Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich opened the New Year by publicly asking his Iowa supporters to vote for him in the caucuses this Thursday, and suggesting that if he did not make the 15% threshold, their second ballot should be for Senator Barack Obama.”
I would say that he has given up already.

This is obviously an ‘Iowa-only’ recommendation, as Sen. Obama and I are competing in the New Hampshire primary next Tuesday where I want to be the first choice of New Hampshire voters.” Kucinich informs us.
But, just like a bad penny, instead of going away quietly. he rambles on:

I hope Iowans will caucus for me as their first choice this Thursday, because of my singular positions on the war, on health care, and trade. This is an opportunity for people to stand up for themselves. But in those caucus locations where my support doesn’t reach the necessary threshold, I strongly encourage all of my supporters to make Barack Obama their second choice. Sen. Obama and I have one thing in common: Change.”

As the Instant Message crowd would say, ‘OMG’.

In many ways it is more fun to follow the Kucinich’s than the front runners. They definitely have a better entertainment value. They won’t last long, but they sure add a whole lot of enjoyment while they are around. They are way more fun than the stuffy front runners! Give it 3 weeks and people will be saying ‘Dennis who?, never heard of him’.

Simon Barrett


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