Rep. Dennis Kucinich has been reportedly very cut up over this whole health care thing. Should he vote for an imperfect bill and risk losing his street cred with the fantasy idealism liberals who have long been happy with his make-believe progressivism? Or should he vote against it and help the Republicans in their long term strategy of "No no no no no no no no no no no!!!"?
It was a tough call to make. Luckily, a trusted voice came along to offer him council…
[O]n Monday, as Obama spoke at a rally in Strongville, Ohio, in the congressman's suburban Cleveland district, someone in the audience called out, "Vote yes."
Obama turned to Kucinich, who was on stage for the rally and said, "Did you hear that, Dennis?"
Apparently, Dennis Kucinich did hear that. He heard that random guy in the audience loud and clear. And it turns out that that random guy in the audience's opinion was what he had been waiting for all along. Random guy in the audience's calm, even-keeled advice was as a shimmering beacon of rationality in a dark sea of confusion. And thus, Rep. Kucinich had an announcement to make…
When all the dust has settled in this health care kerfuffle, if reform is passed — as some think maybe it might sorta but not for certain — we will remember this man's bravery. His wisdom. His willingness to stand up for what he believes in. His tendency to yell things out at public events.
Random guy in audience, you will long be remembered as this media cycle's Joe the Plumber.
Tags: Barack Obama, Dennis Kucinich, Health Care, House of Representatives, Ohio