Inevitable

Dennis Kucinich joins Fox News.

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114 replies
  1. 1
    Raven says:

    They’re just trying to get to his wife.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Raven:

    Well, that’s not an unreasonable approach, if you ask me.

    Also, too, hey, a gig is gig, is it not?

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    PeakVT says:

    Well, at least he hasn’t accepted a Russian passport and called Russia a great democracy. Yet.

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    danah gaz says:

    I’m not sure why this doesn’t surprise me, but it doesn’t.

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    JustRuss says:

    Well, you don’t expect their bobbleheads to pick on somebody their own size, do you? I expect they think they’re getting Alan Colmes the Second, this should be pretty fun. Dennis is one smart dude, I don’t think he’s going to make a very good doormat for them.

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    What Have The Romans Ever Done for Us? (formerly MarkJ) says:

    He’s the new Colms? What a sellout.

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    Peregrinus says:

    I’m kind of glad I got to vote right as Kucinich’s star was fading. I didn’t find him particularly enticing when I was younger and far more susceptible to BS like his.

    Right now, I just can’t bring myself to give a fuck either way.

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    Mike E says:

    I see a credible reenactment there of The Elephant Man in his future, costarring Alan Colmes, Hannity & Bill’O.

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    the Conster says:

    And the firebagger teanut circle is now unbroken.

  10. 10
    Aimai says:

    Vile little squint.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @the Conster:

    LOL. I can hear June Carter singing it in my head.

  12. 12
    Baud says:

    He’s worse than Bush. He sold us out.

  13. 13
    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    I can only hope he took the job to firebomb the place from inside. Otherwise it’s inexcusable.

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    trollhattan says:

    @What Have The Romans Ever Done for Us? (formerly MarkJ):

    Sounds like. They’ll put him across a desk from some body-builder motormouth while Ailes cackles, “See your puny commie hero NOW, libs!”

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    JWL says:

    D.K just fucked up.

    Money corrupts.

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    He needs wingnut welfare to keep a wife like that. And some lifts.

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    Dave C says:

    Hey, even liberals need to eat grift from time to time!

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    Randiego says:

    If they put Mrs. Kucinich on Fox, then I might watch.

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    kindness says:

    Doesn’t matter. I still won’t watch Fox.

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    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    I hope they’re paying him plenty to be the designated liberal strawman/tackling dummy. My dignity would have a pretty high price.

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    ruemara says:

    Just saw that. I’m hiding my Kucinich buttons if he turns into the liberal version of Lieberman. yeah, I said it.

  22. 22
    Steve M. says:

    Did frequent Fox guest Ralph Nader cede Kucinich his useful idiot gig? Ralph is probably getting too old for that.

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    the Conster says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    I prefer the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, but YMMV.

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    Zifnab25 says:

    @JustRuss:

    Dennis is one smart dude, I don’t think he’s going to make a very good doormat for them.

    Really? You don’t think he’ll go full Ralph Nader and spend the next 10 years pissing on those damn dirty Democrats for the crime of not voting him President?

    I was never overwhelmed by Kucinich as a politician. He knew how to talk a big game, but when push came to shove he always found himself on the losing end of a fight.

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    Davis X. Machina says:

    Does it really matter whether you attack Obama from the left, or the right, so long as you’re attacking Obama?

    Think of it this way: a new front in the long struggle for the public option has been opened.

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    pattonbt says:

    Disappointing.

    Not surprising.

    Gotta pay the rent.

    Fox is evil, and I use that word in it’s truest sense, not a cute throw-away. It is detrimental to the societal health of the US. A corrupting and degrading force.

    Any self respecting person, regardless of political persuasion, who willfully joins that cadre is evil by association if not action.

    I never had strong feelings about DK one way or another, but he seemed to be, from a distance, an idealist on the left, so worthy of attention in any discussion. This shows how wrong that assumption was.

    Now, if he goes on there and tears their house down from the inside, I’ll gladly eat my words. But I will remain extremely doubtful that will happen.

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    Chris says:

    @Raven:

    I’m trying to get to his wife, to be fair. Who can blame them?

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    Davis X. Machina says:

    @pattonbt:

    but he seemed to be, from a distance, an idealist on the left

    He was actually a very short idealist standing quite nearby. It’s a trick of perspective…

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    Chris says:

    @Zifnab25:

    I was never overwhelmed by Kucinich as a politician. He knew how to talk a big game, but when push came to shove he always found himself on the losing end of a fight.

    Didn’t he also end up voting against closing Gitmo and with the rest of the Congressional Dems?

    Eh. I’ve often said that Ron Paul wasn’t a true believer, just a grifter who’d found a good vein to tap. Looks like his left-wing counterpart is the same way.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Randiego:

    Certainly, if they include Special Correspondent Jason Jones.

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/wa.....r-a-flilf-

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    notgonnahappen says:

    lol…I wonder what all the Kucinich defenders such as WRONG WAY COLE have to say about it.

    Lance Armstrong defender WRONG WAY COLE is batting 1000 on being wrong since….like forever. He makes Bill Kristol look like Nostradamus.

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    Lojasmo says:

    Grifters gotta grift.

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    eemom says:

    Let’s have an argument about why attractive women marry unattractive men and never the other way around, plz. I haz a bored.

    (Y’all Mrs. Dennis groupies started it.)

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    angler says:

    No surprise it’s a thread here. Despite Bj’s trolling for intramural feuds, or in praise of it, this says it all about DK. In no way is a progressive served by going on Fox or taking their money, unless you win that cash by suing them.

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    Raven says:

    @eemom: Hidden talents, believe me.

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    Brachiator says:

    Dennis Kucinich joins Fox News.

    I guess this means that Obama will not be appointing him to be the next Secretary of Labor.

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    Zifnab25 says:

    @Chris:

    Didn’t he also end up voting against closing Gitmo and with the rest of the Congressional Dems?

    I think his rationale was different. When a vote is falling apart, its not uncommon for the “This doesn’t go far enough” crowd to weigh in with no votes alongside the “This goes too far” crowd.

    I believe Kucinich lined up on the tighter votes for PPACA and Dodd-Frank and Lily Ledbetter and the like. So I wouldn’t compare him to Paul by a long shot. But he was never able to pull together any kind of caucus to swing the debate. Nancy Pelosi might not be as liberal as Dennis Kucinich, but she gets things done. Same with folks like Barney Frank or the late great Ted Kennedy. Even Howard Dean managed to make his mark by trailblazing the modern Democratic fundraising operation. But Kucinich? What does he have his name on? He just pissed into the wind very loudly.

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    Zifnab25 says:

    @eemom:

    Let’s have an argument about why attractive women marry unattractive men and never the other way around, plz. I haz a bored.

    http://www.dateacougar.com/

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @danah gaz: Because FOX wants to hire someone who can easily be painted as a kook.

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    Peregrinus says:

    @Chris:

    He voted against the appropriations bill in the House, but the amendment that prohibited funding for detainee transfers, as far as I can tell, was added in the Senate.

    @eemom:

    Hold on, hold on, I’m gonna need some popcorn.

  41. 41

    In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the wimmens.

    In the Scarface proof, money + power = women so it’s gotta be the money and the power. QED

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    Mandalay says:

    @JustRuss:

    I don’t think he’s going to make a very good doormat for them.

    You really think so? He might be an improvement on Juan Williams, but that is setting the bar pretty low.

    Fox News signed him to increase advertising revenue since their ratings numbers are tanking badly. But they definitely did not sign him up to kick ass. That would drive their ratings even lower.

    Every man has his price, and Kucinich has already shown that principle is not that important to him. He will become yet another good natured spineless doormat.

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    Raven says:

    eemom

    Runnin After Fools

    You call me shabby
    You say My hair is not in style
    Well the pants may be baggy
    But it could be worth your while

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    Anna in PDX says:

    Well this is depressing. I have been a fan of his for several years. Too bad. I guess everyone, or maybe I should say most people, has/have a price.

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    ruemara says:

    @eemom: I’m trying to earn the wealth and power necessary to get a hot guy slobbering my non-hot self. Unfortunately, I’ve only earned enough for a cat.

  46. 46
    Raven says:

    @Anna in PDX: The Magic Christian

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    Brachiator says:

    @eemom:

    Let’s have an argument about why attractive women marry unattractive men and never the other way around, plz. I haz a bored.

    Women are more highly evolved than men. They have more sensitive souls that can perceive a man’s deepest inner qualities.

    This is why, for example, you never see a beautiful woman marry an unattractive man just for his money.

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    BGinCHI says:

    Is he getting a show called The Fuck You, You Fucking Idiots Hour?

    If not, meh.

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    Peregrinus says:

    @BGinCHI:

    Send that idea in to FOX. I bet you could sell it as something like “watch a real, live, unhinged liberal scream elitist hypocritical stupid at you!”

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    trollhattan says:

    @SatanicPanic:

    Bingo. You’ll never see a bright, glib, camera-friendly, A-type Democrat/liberal…hell, even just a sane well-educated person employed there. (Although I continue in awe of the duration of Shep Smith’s stint.)

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    Dead Ernest says:

    Well Dang Tom, that painting is, Picture Perfect.

    If only the little spaniel (maybe?) so ardently entertained …or maybe just waiting for some of that, what the heck is that? is he holding a pizza? to fall, if that was an Irish Setter the picture would be sublime.

    Tom, you really do have both a great eye, and an enviable memory, for the images included with your posts. I’m grateful for your efforts.

  53. 53
    Raven says:

    @Dead Ernest: You gotta problem with spaniels buster?

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    notgonnahappen says:

    This is like a giant FU to the Kostards over at the orange satan. I love it. Always laughed out loud every time one of the progressive idealists over there slobbered all over themselves praising Kucinich for telling them what they wanted to hear but never not once actually accomplishing anything.

    Those morons at dkos are the reason I never call myself a progressive. They are an embarassment to the left. A lot of people here were constantly praising and defending Kucinich too. You know who you are. Imagine you are all laying low today. You should hold your head in shame for being sucked in by Kucinich’s bullshit. Something a reasonable person could see a mile away.

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    AxelFoley says:

    @Raven:

    They’re just trying to get to his wife.

    I can’t blame them if that’s the case. How did a Hobbit like him wind up with Galadriel?

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Steve M.:

    Did frequent Fox guest Ralph Nader cede Kucinich his useful idiot gig? Ralph is probably getting too old for that.

    I’d think the idiot part would get easier and easier with age.

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    Raven says:

    @AxelFoley: Didn’t read the thread did you?

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    OT but this story about Notre Dame and Manti Teo’s hoax girlfriend who did not die is starting to blow up the twitter twatters and teh facebooks. hoocouldanode?

    http://deadspin.com/5976517/ma.....-is-a-hoax

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    Raven says:

    @ranchandsyrup: Jarvis Jones should have been at the Heisman Award instead of Teo. The weep factor put him over the top.

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    @Raven: Jarvis is good. The dawgs are fun to watch.
    I’m a domer hater so I’m hoping this turns out to be somewhat true about Teo.

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    Chris says:

    @Zifnab25:

    I stand corrected, then.

    Still think going to Fox is pretty low, but glad to know he’s not the waste of space Ron Paul is.

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    Raven says:

    @ranchandsyrup: Don’t matter now.

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    eemom says:

    @Zifnab25:

    sheeyit, I never heard “cougar” used that way before. Is that common knowledge? Kind of icky.

    I’ve always referred to it as the Mrs Robinson syndrome, a condition which I have…..studied.

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    muddy says:

    @Chris: Eh. I’ve often said that Ron Paul wasn’t a true believer, just a grifter who’d found a good vein to tap. Looks like his left-wing counterpart is the same way.
    I’m imagining a show where Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul debate. Like manic elves (and not the cool LOTR ones).

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    SFAW says:

    @eemom:

    Let’s have an argument about why attractive women marry unattractive men and never the other way around,

    Other way around? You mean unattractive men marrying attractive women? Doesn’t that happen, too?

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    MikeJ says:

    @eemom:

    sheeyit, I never heard “cougar” used that way before. Is that common knowledge? Kind of icky.

    Cougartown is in its fourth season on TV.

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    Narcissus says:

    You never know, he could go on there and tear shit up

    “Bill, you ignorant slut”

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    SFAW says:

    @eemom:

    sheeyit, I never heard “cougar” used that way before. Is that common knowledge?

    They wanted to use “PUMA,” but some FDLers took exception.

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    @Raven: I was just wondering if it did matter or it didn’t. You’re prolly right. I’m asking for too much.

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    sharl says:

    @ranchandsyrup:
    Yowza, that is extra weird!
    I only looked at the first comment over there, but have to join the many others who applauded it:

    More like Nosuch Dame, amirite?

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    eric says:

    is there a away to search for my old posts because I am pretty sure i predicted these newtown conspiracies with a snark filled “libtard” post. I thought i went too far to be true, alas, i was wrong.

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    Violet says:

    @ranchandsyrup: I was just at the gym and saw that ESPN ran an extensive segment covering the story, including an interview with the reporter who interviewed Te’o in December.

    Edit: The interview might have been in October.

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    Raven says:

    @ranchandsyrup: I mean he’s done so I can’t see what impact it will have. There were people here the night of the championship going on and on about various ND scandals and none of that seems to mean diddly either.

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    @sharl: How did I miss that? That is funny. Blinded by my anti-domer beliefs.

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    Raven says:

    @Violet: Oh yea, it’ll be huge news.

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    nellcote says:

    Is Kucinich still anti-choice?

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    GregB says:

    Without fail, all politicians will let you down somehow, some way.

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    @Violet: Good for you for hitting the gym, sister! Nice work. I’ll check out the espn site for the interview. Thanks for the heads up.

    @Raven: Yeah, ND is still rather untouchable. Do you think this would hurt Teo’s draft stock? I’m leaning no because there will always be a team that values talent over character. Like that one pirate team that was run by a mummy in a track suit until recently.

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    SFAW says:

    @eric:

    I thought i went too far to be true, alas, i was wrong.

    Not to be too much of a schmuck about it, but it’s not as if your original comment was tremendously prescient, because:

    “No one ever went broke overestimating the craziness of the American right wingers.”

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    MikeJ says:

    @eric: Put site:balloon-juice.com eric libtard into google. You can add date ranges to the search too.

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    Beulahmo says:

    They’ll use Kucinich as their resident liberal cartoon character, much in the same way that MSNBC used Pat Buchanan as the resident batshit reactionary “crazy uncle”. He’ll be useful as something — a rightwing prop. I’m not surprised that Kucinich is willing to sell his “integrity” to be their resident liberal chump because I never held illusions about his character to begin with.

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    Chris says:

    @muddy:

    Keebler Elf Liberation Front right there.

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    magurakurin says:

    @notgonnahappen:

    This is like a giant FU to the Kostards over at the orange satan.

    While this is most certainly true, to be fair, we should remember that Marcos himself has pretty much always hated Kucinich and has called him a clown and worthless on numerous occasions. But DK is (was?) much loved in the Peanut Gallery.

    But a diary up now is throwing him under the bus…and well they should. Dennis deserves all the scorn he is about to reap for this.

    May I add…Fuck You, Dennis.

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    Violet says:

    @ranchandsyrup: Finally getting back into working out. Holidays lasted a bit longer than the first of the year. The guy who did the interview was Gene Wojciechowski, and they interviewed him (voice only, not sit down video) about when he talked to Te’o. He said he was naive not to look into the girlfriend story more.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @ranchandsyrup:

    I’m leaning no because there will always be a team that values talent over character.

    I’m thinking it’s somewhere between 28 and 32 teams that will value that kind of talent over that kind of character. It’s not like he’s done something that’s going to land him in jail or anything, and he is very talented. It’s one of the big problems with sports; winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.

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    Hoodie says:

    @ranchandsyrup: Getting steamrolled by bama’s o line hurts his draft prospects more. Jones is better, and the real sleeper is ogletree, who is a beast.

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    eric says:

    @MikeJ: thanks

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    Calouste says:

    @eemom:

    Maybe there are just more attractive women than attractive men.

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    nate says:

    Pretty much says it all, in my book:

    @ZaidJilani

    Dennis Kucinich should become a quiet but destructive corporate lobbyist like most responsible ex-Members of Congress.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    This could get interesting/amusing-hafta see how this plays out.

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    Darkrose says:

    @ranchandsyrup: That is some weird-assed shit. How could you think that in this day and age, you weren’t going to get caught? And his “I was the victim of an online hoax” doesn’t exactly work if he supposedly met the non-existent girlfriend in person on multiple occasions.

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    JustRuss says:

    Hey, if Dennis can get Fox to pay him for pointing out that 99% of their lineup are mendacious idiots, more power to him. Seems premature to label him a sellout, before he’s actually done anything.

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    JWL says:

    @JustRuss: It has nothing to do with D.K.’s point of view about anything.

    His signing serves to legitimate that utterly illegitimate “news” organization, i.e., an arm of the GOP, i.e., the FOX Network.

    Fuck D.K. and the horse he rode in on.

    Up until today I had admired the guy.

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    Keith G says:

    @JustRuss: Agreed. Yes it is premature to label him a sell out. I never noticed that he was maximizing his income while a congressman. it’s possible that this is most tasteful way he has of making large bank. I mean gee, would folks rather he went to work for Citigroup, Exxon-Mobil, or clean coal? I will be rooting for him to stay anchored somewhere near his original beliefs.

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    karen says:

    Let’s see Jane Hamsher and her FDL acolytes excuse this. Whatever they say about Obama, I don’t see him ever doing this.

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    karen says:

    @Keith G:

    Sorry but no. No excuse. He’s just an opportunist as much as Harold Ford showing up on MSBNC as the “reasonable” Democrat is.

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    Kropadope says:

    Nice to see they found a Democrat who actually supports the things they say Democrats support.

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    Kropadope says:

    Nice to see they found a Democrat who actually supports the things they say Democrats support.

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    jamick6000 says:

    @nate: Ha! That’s great.

    I’d add that the Sunday shows/WaPo/Politico/CNN et al are just as destructive as Fox.

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    Forum Transmitted Disease says:

    Of course he did. He’s an asshole. He always was one and that has never changed. Don’t act all surprised about it, this was as inevitable as the sun rising in the east.

    The guy is on his third wife. Think about it. That’s not the hallmark of a nice, stand-up responsible guy. That’s the mark of an unrepentant jerk.

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    jamick6000 says:

    @Chris: You, just like the rest of the people saying “Dennis never accomplished anything” are clueless.

    To make a long story short, when he was mayor of Cleveland, a group of banks gave Kucinich an ultimatum — sell Cleveland’s public power utility to a private competitor or else they’d throw the city into default. Dennis didn’t give in, despite ENORMOUS pressure from banks, the media, etc., and the city kept control of the public utility.

    Here’s how that’s working out: http://www.publicpower.org/Med.....mber=36182 (CPP is the public utility, FirstEnergy is the private competitor)

    Once again, CPP is an attractive alternative to FirstEnergy, offering more than 90 percent reliability and residential rates that are around 5 percent lower than the IOU, said Shockley.

    More importantly, CPP’s very existence ensures that FirstEnergy must keep its rates lower to stay in competition with CPP, she said. “We keep them in check because there’s no doubt that their practices would be different if they had a monopoly.”

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    jamick6000 says:

    @Forum Transmitted Disease: tell us more about the sanctity of marriage, Cardinal

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    Cacti says:

    I never believed Kucinich to be anything other than a pompous little toad of a man.

    The patron saint of the purity trolls is an employee of Rupert Murdoch. I can’t wait to throw that in the face of emoprogs next time they start carping that Obama “sold out”.

    Your messiah turned out to be judas, firebaggers. Choke on it.

    I was over at DU(mb), and you wouldn’t believe the level of “why is daddy with that other woman, he must be giving her mouth to mouth” in the comments.

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    General Stuck says:

    Dennis is a mouth looking for a teevee camera. It doesn’t matter all that much which one.

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    jamick6000 says:

    new game, “Who said this — Rush or a BJ commenter”

    If they put Mrs. Kucinich on Fox, then I might watch.

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    Forum Transmitted Disease says:

    tell us more about the sanctity of marriage, Cardinal

    @jamick6000: Sure. The only other House member with three wives under his belt is…Newton Leroy Gingrich.

    I rest my case.

    ETA: there’s a thousand other reasons to hate the guy, mostly because of his unparalleled record of undermining good legislation, but I thought this was a good one because no one had bought it up yet.

    He’s a self-serving egomaniac, always has been. Deal with it.

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    jamick6000 says:

    @Forum Transmitted Disease:

    The only other House member with three wives under his belt is…Newton Leroy Gingrich.
    I rest my case.

    Dennis has only had two wives and Gingrich is no longer in the House.

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    amk says:

    An useless idiot from the left now an useful idiot for the right.

    Has the loony left thrown him under the proverbial poutrage bus yet ?

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    Jess Sane says:

    Let’s see Jane Hamsher and her FDL acolytes excuse this.

    She’s worked for Murdoch, too. Why would she care?

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    Allan says:

    Times are tough, and the only other job offer he had was from Keebler.

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    handsmile says:

    @PeakVT:

    This thread unspooled hours ago so it’s most unlikely you’ll ever read this, but what a wickedly apt comment!

    And to think he once portrayed Danton and Colonel Chabert. Though perhaps his recent role as Rasputin made him long for employment with a latter-day Tsar.

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    PanurgeATL says:

    @jamick6000:

    Unfortunately, the banks did throw the city into default, for which DK was promptly blamed, losing the next election for Mayor of Cleveland to George Voinovich, who went on to spend two terms as Governor of Ohio and U.S. Senator. Yes, everything worked out OK in the end, but no one knows that outside of Cleveland.

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    Bia says:

    Well Kucinich WAS one of the only ones to vote against the “Patriot”act….what a long fall from grace.

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    brantl says:

    Jesus, that’s sad.

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