Whilst painting yesterday afternoon after work, I was listening to C-SPAN radio (the local NPR station is having a fund drive and I can’t take their incessant whining about their stupid business plan) and heard the entirety of Dennis Kucinich’s official announcement. He seems like a decent enough chap, but my word he’s a loon. Without exaggeration, he’s to the left of Leonid Breznev. He wants to socialize virtually the entire economy and his foreign policy is slightly less hawkish than that of Switzerland. Granting that he has absolutely no chance of winning the nomination, he’s still rather scary.

John Hawkins has some choice quotes from and analysis of the speech.

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  1. Yes and did you know that Communist PartyUSA favors Kucinich? Since he has the support of the communist party, I wouldn’t touch him with a 10 foot pole!

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  2. Paul says:

    (the local NPR station is having a fund drive and I can’t take their incessant whining about their stupid business plan)

    NPR now has a business plan? Begging and extortion letting them down?


  3. Nathan says:

    I caught the end of the speech on C-SPAN and was surprised not so much by it’s content as the lackluster delivery. There was Kucinich tyraiding on about his immigrant grandfather and all America owes the common man while clearly reading from the paper in front of him. What should have been a passionate delivery was mitigated by excessive pauses to glance down at his notes. No doubt the speech sounded better-delivered on the radio (like the Nixon in his Kennedy debate), but clearly Kucinich isn’t ready for the information age.

  4. James Joyner says:

    Their business plan is begging, apparently. Hoping that people will send them money because they’re whining strikes me as an odd way to run a radio station, given that the advantages of donating are zero. Indeed, you have to listen to the annoying weeks of begging regardless.

  5. Where’s his “immigrant grandfather” from, the USSR?

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  6. BTD Greg says:

    According to the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, he’s polling below Carole Moseley Braun and Al Sharpton!. What can Kucinich possibly be thinking. Even the most loony leftist can’t possibly be that detached from reality.

    Can they?