Postcards From The Left: Markos v. Kucinich
If you watch MSNBC or follow DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas (Markos) on Twitter, then you know that there is currently an intramural feud between certain standard-bearers of the progressive wing of the Democratic party and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich.
The heart of this feud appears to lie in America’s epically stupid debate over health care reform, and specifically Kucinich’s opposition to the Senate’s version of the health insurance reform bill that appears to be on track to become law in the next few weeks.
Markos has vowed to conjure a primary challenger to Kucinich if he dares oppose the bill when it comes up for a vote. For his part, Kucinich has publicly declared himself a “Nay” on the health care bill as recently as Tuesday [at 3'55"].
More crazily, Markos has tweeted that: “The force of Dennis Kucinich’s convictions is Rush Limbaugh’s greatest ally.” That seems a bit extreme to me, because all Kucinich is saying is what dozens of commentators on the left (and some on the right) have been saying all along: That forcing Americans to pay up to 8 percent of their income in premiums to corrupt health insurers without a public option is not only bad policy, it’s bad politics.
Wordsmokers: What do you think?