Having collected a few delegates and weathered the entire primary campaign, Congressman Dennis Kucinich will be given time at the speaker’s podium during next week’s Democratic National Convention. Oh, goody! Also, during convention week, Kucinich plans on conducting workshops on how to find world peace. I imagine this effort will entail more Kumbaya than substantive dialogue.
It seems the Democratic party leaders are bending over for Kucinich just to keep him and his delegates in the fold. They reasonably fear that, if they don’t, Kucinich will flip over and support Ralph Nader. Even though Kucinich was a fringe candidate, he did engender some loyalty from fringe Democrats and the party doesn’t want to lose those voters.
As a side note, there’s one aspect of Kucinich’s campaign which reveals volumes about his attractiveness as a candidate and as a person. Kucinich, the bachelor, spent a year in the media spotlight hobnobbing with the elite while vying to become the most powerful person in the world. Yet, with all that attention, by my count, he was only able to get one date with a woman. And she already had a significant other. Compare that with the Clinton campaign which probably included some dress-stainings between speeches.