"I'm thinking about Ron Paul" as a running mate, Kucinich told a crowd of about 70 supporters at a house party here, one of numerous stops throughout New Hampshire over the Thanksgiving weekend. A Kucinich-Paul administration could bring people together "to balance the energies in this country," Kucinich said.
It would create a stunning, if dizzying, blend of beliefs, wedding two politicians who hold different views on abortion rights, the role of government in providing health care, and the use of government in fostering -- or hampering -- the public's greater good. Those are among the reasons it would never work, said a spokesman for Paul, a Texas congressman and doctor.
Another reason to question Kucinich's sanity
A stunning blend of politics indeed. Everyone would have something to hate about a campaign like that.
The interesting thing about an article about both Paul and Kucinich is that Paul looks politically astute by comparison:
"Dr. Paul and Rep. Kucinich are friends and there is a lot of mutual respect," Paul communications director Jesse Benton said in an e-mail when asked whether a running-mate spot on the Kucinich ticket would be attractive to Paul. "They have worked, and will continue to work, together on ending the war and protecting civil liberties.
"However, Ron wants to substantially cut the size and scope of the federal government. There are too many differences on issues such as taxes and spending to think a joint ticket would be possible."
Gee, even Paul gets it. You can't have the running mate going out giving stump speeches about how an "individual rights framework" means that DADT works and whining about how not everyone buys his interpretation of the Constitution while the presidential candidate is talking about "Spirit and Stardust".
Well, I suppose you could. And it'd sure be funny....
And what if the K-Man dies before he gives us all health care? Well, Paul can start working on dismantling the meager SCHIP we have now. Or if Dennis leaves office while working on gay marriage, Paul can have the presidency to work on passing legislation to overturn Lawrence and Roe.
Maybe Dennis wasn't quite the political mastermind we thought he was in the first place. Naming someone to the press as a possible running mate when he obviously hasn't even talked to the guy beforehand? Sheesh. The main reason Kucinich isn't going to win isn't that he's progressive - it's that he's an awful campaigner who's not even seriously trying.
But they are both opposed to the war. And Kucinich's position on reproductive autonomy before he decided he needed to run as the radical in '04 is close to Paul's current position on the "greatest moral issue of our time."
Common ground, common ground.