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Kucinich gets delegates. - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Jan. 19th, 2004

10:32 pm - Kucinich gets delegates.

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Kucinich topped 15% in many Iowa precincts tonight and so was able to get some delegates in the very strange Iowa caucus system.

Dr. Dean fell to a surprising 3rd place. Gephardt is dropping out of the race after coming in 4th place. Just goes to show you that polls don't mean anything when it comes to primaries.

Dennis appeared on stage at an Ani DiFranco concert last night in Iowa. Check out the video. I got all weepy when she came out on stage and gave Dennis a big hug. I was going to go to that show. I should have gone to that show. There's also here's another great video of Ani endorsing Kucinich previously. She tells it like it is.

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From:wendywoowho
Date:January 20th, 2004 01:35 pm (UTC)
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Also goes to show that "caucus" and "primary" are very different beasties.

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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 20th, 2004 06:14 pm (UTC)
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Indeed. The Iowa system is Weird.
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From:wendywoowho
Date:January 20th, 2004 06:16 pm (UTC)
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Oooooooh, yes.

ANYWHO. What do you think the odds are that Dennis would be draftable by the Greens should he not get the Dem nom?

For, though a registered Dem, there are five Dem candidates for whom I can not and will not vote, and one of 'em won Iowa.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 20th, 2004 06:35 pm (UTC)
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I don't think it is likely.

My impression is that politics looks very poorly on people who go all the way through the primary process, lose, and then jump into the ring on the general. Some past candidates have dropped out of the primaries in order to jump into the general as an independent or a third party but no one that I know of has lost the primaries and then run in the general. Dennis seems to be fully intent on running all the way to convention.

Then again, he certainly wouldn't ever talk about his plans post-convention because to admit he was likely to lose the nomination would demoralize his campaign and tip off his long term strategy, so who knows.

I assume Dennis wants to stay in Congress and remain effective there (he's the head of the Progressive Caucus, the largest Caucus in congress). He'd probably be ostracized by a lot of his Democratic collegues if he changed parties like that.

In some crazy fantasy world, maybe he'd become Nader's running mate if Nader runs as a non-Green independent. Nader has been hanging out with Kucinich's campaign in New Hampshire (and Winona LaDuke endorced Kucinich). It was shortly after they were together that Nader announced his intention to run as a non-Green if he runs at all. This is just me making up random bullshit though. I have no idea.

I wish Dennis could be drafted by the Greens. It'd be a wonderful race if he could frame his party switch well. And the Greens sure don't have anyone else that I can get really excited about right now.

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