Wednesday, August 8

Great night for Dennis the K.

Apparently this is Jello Biafra. Image from here.

Although if Special K couldn't do well with a fecking UNION audience, he might as well hang it up.

I'm so sick of the media and others saying he can't win so don't vote for him. This isn't American Idol. It's our country, dammit. The Republicans have won and won and won because they convinced a lot of sheep that if they supported the GOP they would be "voting their values." Why can't we Democrats do the same?

You're against this war? Vote Kucinich.

You hate that our health care system is run by insurance and pharmaceutical conglomerates? Vote Kucinich.

You think American workers should be able to have that old fashioned thing called "collective bargaining" and the "right to strike"?

Geez Louise. Is that an issue of debate in 2007? Hanging my head here.

Manila? You're kidding about missing Mike Gravel at that thing, aren't you?

UPDATE: GOTTA include this. Gotta.


  1. Maybe Dennis should select Jello Biafra to be his running mate. That would be a great ticket!

  2. Kucinich was on fie ah last night. I would love to see him pull into the 2nd tier based upon that performance.

    To be honest, I have yet to pick a candidate in the primary. I am with holding support mainly based upon a sense of dismay that the election started immediately after the 06 mid term, and partly from wishing and hoping that Gore would see fit to enter the race. In fact I would love to see Gore hold out and not announce til the a couple of months before the Iowa caucus and then win the nomination, just as an example of successfully running and not starting the campaign so freaking early.

    But, at the end of the day, I would dig it if Kucinich won it all!

  3. So sue me BG. I love dissent, even if it is coming from some crazy old coot no one takes seriously anymore. I wouldn't like to share a malt with the fella', but anyone who tells Hillary and Obama that they're full of shit on national TV is alright by me.

  4. Anonymous3:17 PM

    I think I'm in love.

    I had to stop mid-chocolate chip cookie baking to watch, not just listen, when Dennis spoke.

  5. I would have to agree with both Manila and DCup.

    When watching this in another version last week, I so enjoyed watching the facial expressions of both HRC and Edwards. Their jaws tighten, they look annoyed, maybe a tad afraid? What will nutty Dennis say? And I think of their "let the big kids pave the way" conversation recently.

    Obama's face was funny too but in a more "WTF is Dennis saying" way.

    Anyway, I don't think he will ever win, but Dennis always rocks the house by saying what no one else will say. I'd love a vegan-peace loving president myself.

  6. I have a variety of responses to watching the segments of Dennis giving it fits. I admire the dedication to his perspective and his lack of outward concern about the reactions of the mob he is with on stage.

    He is not quite inspirational enough to woo me out of my sto-gee pragmatism, but he does manage to reflect a blip back on the radar screen.

    I am curious, given where he is way over (wherever) what is an intermediate step between him and me that would make it easier for me to head in his direction.

    No doubt, his is an important voice for the system as a whole--all voices matter.

    And I wish those not hyp-mo-tized by hill, would take up the mantra--JUST SAY NO TO DYNASTY! If she is elected then that frelling Jeb Bush is gonna think he is entitled to take a shot at it--and to that I say, not just no, but f*** NO!

  7. I'm so sick of the media and others saying he can't win so don't vote for him.

    You know how Rudy-Tudy-Fresh-and-Fruity Giuliani keeps trying to stick the dirty red "Socialist" label on the Democrats? Of course, it won't stick, except on Kucinich. And I say that as a Socialist myself.

    Murca isn't ready. I don't think the country will be ready for that during my lifetime.


  8. If only, if only.

    In your heart you know he's right.

    In your heart you know he hasn't got a chance in hell.

    So sad. But in a perfect world, he'd gladly be my President.

  9. @all

    As it says in the banner "Be the change, baby". The self-defeatist message tacked on the end of every positive endorsement like punctuation is contagious. This mindset may be encouraged daily through the MSM, but I'm tired of experiencing the same crap on the blogosphere. No real change will come from independent media if we give up the fight before it begins.

    This is why the world is controlled by the wealthiest one percent. The other 99 percent are completely demoralized into thinking they could never change things. This is not about what's possible within the rules of their game, but about what's morally right despite them. To quote George Bernard Shaw:

    "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." It's time for bloggers to have the courage to be a bit more unreasonable and finally change things around here. I've never understood what was so enticing about surrender.

  10. what Manila said. Be the change.

  11. I am so sick of capitulating to fear and half hopes. I did that in '04 when I voted for Kerry (although I think it was really seeing Bruce Springsteen that inspired me. That, and the heroic rescue from drowning of Licorice the hamster.) I'm voting for Dennis this time. He's a mensch.

    I've said this before in Blogland: My parents were Socialists and I don't think they ever voted for a winning candidate in presidential elections. They always voted for the candidate that they really felt represented their hopes and dreams.

    How many times have we held our noses at the polls and been disappointed by the performance of the lesser of two evils? Too many to count, right?

  12. Look, I'm not telling anyone they shouldn't vote for DK. The longer he stays in the race, the more opportunities he'll have to get his points out there, and he may pull the other candidates a little bit to the left.

    In the 1984 primary, I voted for Jesse Jackson. He didn't win, and I knew he wouldn't win, but his stance was closer to mine than Mondale's was, so he got my vote.

    In November of that year, I voted for Mondale. I knew he'd lose too, but that's not the point.

    I strongly believe that in November of next year, DK is not going to be the nominee of the Democratic party. If I'm right about that, we're going to have a choice between someone like Romney or Giuliani, or someone like Clinton or Obama. There may well be other people running at that time: maybe Bloomberg, Nader, perhaps even your guy Dennis if he decides he's got enough support even after losing the nomination.

    There are times when it's right to do what you believe in, and there are times when you simply have to be pragmatic. The next president is going to be the nominee of one of the two major parties. And yes, I'm saying that a vote for anyone outside the major parties will be a waste.

    I know, the longer we support the two-party system, the longer it's going to be before we really have a choice. That's what the people who voted for Nader said in the past two elections, and that led to the worst presidency in the country's history.

    You can be an idealist and vote for someone who believes what you believe, or you can continue to participate in the crappy system we've got, but at least work toward getting a potentially ok person elected rather than a monster. That's the choice, as I see it. If being the change means losing, I'd rather be realistic and then do what I can to make my opinion known.


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