In a move that is bound to have competing campaign strategist scrambling to capture his former supporter, Dennis Kucinich informally announced today (1/24/08), that he will formally announce tomorrow, that the day after that, (not really, I added the part about “the day after that”) he will give up his presidential hopes for the 2008 Democrat presidential nomination. What a surprising development considering how well he has competed in the primaries to date. Kucinich told Cleveland’s Plain Dealer newspaper today that he will be announcing tomorrow that he is “transiting out of the presidential campaign” and will reveal a “new direction.” Kucinich received a whopping 1% of the vote in the New Hampshire primary. And in spite of a “devoted following” in Iowa, he was shut out in the caucuses there.
Like New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, who dropped out of the race earlier this month, perhaps Kucinich hopes that by withdrawing now, he can avoid any further campaign oriented criticism of either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, which might then be useful to the Republicans in the (highly unlikely) event either of them pick him as their running mate. Actually the more likely scenario is that he is needing to focus attention on keeping his “day job” as a U.S. congressman, rather than chasing a fantasy. Apparently he is no shew-in to retain his seat.
Anyone who thinks the Democrat contest is anything other than a two-horse race is bordering on delusional. Dennis Kucinich may be many things, but at last we can conclude that delusional is not one of them as he has finally come to the realization that he will not be President of the United States. I wonder when John Edwards will do the same. Not that I really care one way or the other.