I remember Dennis Kucinich as the 31-year-old mayor of Cleveland who led it into default in the 1970’s. Almost as notorious as the municipal catastrophe that he presided over was the radicalism that earned him the nickname “Dennis the Menace” in his first political incarnation. Now he hardly stands out from the flock on that score; only his weirdness distinguishes him.
One of the unwritten stories of the current campaign is how Kucinich resurrected his political career after the damage it suffered in Cleveland’s meltdown under his mayoralty, although his radicalism remains undimmed. Perhaps Kucinich was able to revive his career merely through sheer lapse of time. As “Dennis the Menace,” Kucinich seemed both boyish and naughty. Now every time I look at him all I can think of are the ravages of time.
I somehow missed the news from last Wednesday’s Democratic candidates’ debate in New Hampshire that the 57-year-old Kucinich is looking for a first lady to adorn his administration. According to this Reuters news story, Kucinich said, “As a bachelor, I get a chance to fantasize about my first lady. I would definitely want someone who would not just be there by my side, but be a working partner because I think we’re in a day and age when partnerships are imperative to making anything happening in the world.
“And I certainly want a dynamic, outspoken woman who was fearless in her desire for peace in the world and for universal single-payer health care and a full employment economy,” the four-term congressman told the forum. “If you are out there call me.” Interested applicants are invited to submit their qualifications on the PoliticsNH Web site. Good luck!
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