Praising Kucinich

While it’s sadly too late to do him any good, my keen radar has detected a huge Dennis Kucinich groundswell. First, Christopher Hitchens lauds him in Slate:

Dennis Kucinich is the sort of guy who we need in politics. He thinks long-term, and he doesn’t think that in the short or long term it pays to trade principles for compromises. That’s the attitude one wants in a president, of any party. This, however, is probably not the year for a man who basically believes in the downsizing of the United States.

Then Andrew Sullivan and Donnie Hall offer ringing endorsements. Sully:

My long take is that I’d support Kucinich over Clark if I had to. Clark is simply too crazy to be president of the U.S.

Donnie: “Ditto.”

I’m registered to vote in Virginia, which has its primary tomorrow. My impulse had been to vote for Al Sharpton. Now, I’m seriously considering Kucinich.

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  1. Dodd says:

    You can vote in Democrat primiaries?

  2. James Joyner says:

    I haven’t looked into it, actually. I’m under the impression that Virginia has open primaries, though. Most states do.

    As a matter of principle, I’d never vote in the other party’s primary, of course. But the thought of masses of bored Republicans voting for Kucinich does amuse me.

  3. Tom says:

    Dennis Kucinich wins Virginia.

    Wouldn’t that through an already confused pundit class into absolute chaos.

  4. jen says:

    I don’t think Virginia has open primaries. And you have to register 29 days before a primary (I did look that up). You might want to do a little research before heading to a polling place tomorrow.

  5. James Joyner says:

    Yep: Open primaries. I’m registered–good ol’ Motor Voter!

  6. mark says:

    I’m in Alexandria, but with the political leanings of this district, I would not be suprised if Kucinich did well among the legit democrats.

  7. Jalal Abu Jarhead says:

    Yup, Virginia has recently been The Land Of The Crossover Voter In The Primaries, at least for local races. Certainly here in Loudoun County.

    I have a hard enough time convincing myself to participate in the Republican electoral process, and then only for a friend. No way I’m going to get in the Democratic mix.

  8. How about a write in candidate? Maybe you could write in Saddam Hussein. Oh, wait, now I get it…you want the Dems to nominate somebody they wouldn’t be able to vote for.