Congressman Dennis Kucinich has announced that he is entering the 2008 Democratic Presidential field to force the party to properly address and take steps to end the war in Iraq. This is an exciting development. Now Hillary and Obama won’t get away with mealy mouthed platitudes of mush on Iraq.
Their non opposition-opposition dance of deception is about to be revealed for what it is. The sad part is that the quickest way to become a non-person in the eyes of the media is to announce a run for President saying things at odds with their right-wing conventional wisdom. Kucinich will truly have to be blunt and unappologetic about his Iraq War rhetoric. What he needs is coverage and to provide coverage he must become confrontational. He needs to give the media a storyline they can follow. The current storyline is Obama vs. Mama (Hillary). They are courting the same “mainstream” white middle-class surburbanites the DLC obsesses over. They both have reason to believe that black support won’t be a problem.
At present, there is no progressive candidate to excite liberals. No, Obama is not that man, Y’all. Anybody who can vote to confirm a lying sack of feces like Condoleezza Rice is no liberal. Anybody who can articulate a position on Iraq short of immediate withdrawal, like Obama has done, is no liberal.