What do principles matter if you get to fly on Air Force One with President Obama? Senators Ben Nelson and Mary Landrieu needed millions of dollars to throw out their principles. Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio only needed a joy ride. I hope the guy at least got to meet the pilot and take home a pair of tiny wings for his jacket.
Kucinich has vehemently attacked Obamacare since it first appeared to have no universal coverage. The Congressman has passionately pursued universal, single-payer health care since he’s been in office. It is his big issues (besides being a complete pacifist when it comes to war issues). Yet with one ride on the President’s plane, Kucinich has flushed all his principles on the subject. And to make matters worse, he offers no real reasons why. He wants Obama to do well is the closest reason he gives. Kucinich merely promises to keep on fighting for what he wants while he votes for a bill he hates.
“I do not retract (my) criticisms (of the bill)…I have doubts about the bill. I do not think it is a step toward anything I have supported in the past. This is not the bill I wanted to support…However, after careful discussions with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, my wife Elizabeth, and close friends, I have decided to cast a vote in favor of the legislation.” – Rep. Dennis Kucinich
There is nothing in this bill that Kucinich likes, yet he gives it his vote and expects that will help other Democrats vote it in. I guess if you can’t beat them, join them. But how does one go from being the biggest enemy to the biggest cheerleader of a bill in just one day? How can you say you hate a bill and then hope that other Democrats get in line to vote it in?
“Well, if I can vote for this bill, there’s not many people who shouldn’t be able to support it.” – Kucinich
President Obama might want to get his frequent flyer card out the next time he needs more votes. This strategy of a free flight with Obama obviously worked. The President responded to the news by telling the press he told Dennis “thank you” on the phone. Wow – sell out your career and all that you believe in and you get a “thank you” on the phone from the President.
Before the House votes on the Senate bill, how many more Democrats will sacrifice their beliefs and their careers in exchange for trinkets, beads, or free flights?