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February 16, 2008

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I can honestly say at this point that I don't know. I've always felt that "Don't follow leaders, watch the parking meters" is the way to go. I can't get on the Obama bandwagon just yet. Where's Gus Hall when you need him?

Hey, Ace--thanks for getting in touch.

Since my first vote for John Kennedy in 1960, I've voted pragmatism and I've voted idealism. Pragmatism, because the other choice was worse. Idealism, because I thought maybe, if enough of us voted that way, we could move policy in a more leftward direction. Did all my ruminations have any practical effect? Not that you'd notice.

That said, if I were to go out on a left-facing limb, it would be more in the footsteps of Bernie Sanders than in those of Dennis Kucinich. Axside from strictly local issues, you'd probably have to do fairly major research to find any meaningful policy differences between the two men, so it comes down to, I admit, a question of style.

Though I'm embarrassed for him when he does this sort of thing, I have to love the sheer heart of a candidate who, as Kucinich did, can get up at an civil rights organization dinner and sing Tennessee Ernie Ford's 1950s hit, "Sixteen Tons"--and mean it.

But I'm more comfortable with the gruff, irascible Sanders, whose idealism comes wrapped in an angry and slightly wiseguy-ish complaint.
He's from Noo Yawk.

So who are you supporting among the Dems left standing?

Don't blame me, I voted for Kucinich!

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