Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Time for Dennis Kucinich to call in that Obamacare chit?

Remember this? On March 15, 2010 Dennis Kucinich went for a joy ride on Air Force One with President Obama. Before he got on the plane he voted against Obamacare saying:
"This bill represents a giveaway to the insurance industry… $70 billion a year, and no guarantees of any control over premiums, forcing people to buy private insurance.”
After he got off the plane, he voted for it. Some have suggested that Dennis sold his vote for a ride on Air Force One.

That is really not fair to Dennis Kucinich. He is a man of principle and would never sell his vote in such a cheap and tawdry way. Far more likely, he sold his vote for a promise of a job in the Obama administration should he lose his congressional seat. After all, trading jobs for political favors is The Chicago Way.

I guess we'll soon find out. Dennis Kucinich lost his Ohio congressional seat in a hotly contested primary yesterday. The reaction from the right and left is predictable, but even some on the right will be sorry to see him go.

Perhaps the farewells are premature. He still has his current term to complete, and there is talk about him moving out of his Republican redistricted district in Ohio to the left coast where he might find a more receptive Democratic redistricted district.

Or he can call in that Obamacare chit. The President owes him one.

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