Kucinich Is The New Black

As much of a wacko Dennis Kucinich is, he seems to have created a political magnet for the Democratic Party. Each camp has been slowly adopting his stance on a wide range of issues.

The change in the political field could be more damning if the public perceives the candidate as flip-flopping on the issues.

Even still Kucinich is still just a blip on the radar for winning the Democrat Primary, however his ideas are gaining momentum.

December 5, 2007 ยท On issue after issue, says Richard Wolffe of Newsweek, Dennis Kucinich’s views have gone from fringe to mainstream. That pattern became apparent again at NPR’s Democratic presidential debate yesterday, Wolffe says.

Kucinich notions that once seemed crazy to the Democratic Party ended up front and center Tuesday, Wolffe says, and NPR’s debate format gave the Ohio congressman a chance to shine. Kucinich is generally considered among the darkest of dark horses in the race. Yesterday, he spoke out about his opposition to liberalized trade with China and to the war in Iraq.

“We’re borrowing money from China to finance the war in Iraq,” Kucinich argued.

Wolffe says the idea of a Kucinich administration makes no sense to him, but he can’t help noticing a new vogue for Kucinich’s opinions.

“Think what you like about Kucinich and UFOs, but this Democratic field has essentially moved to the Kucinich position on trade, on Iraq, on a whole range of things where people thought he was a real outlier,” he says. “They’re all pretty much in agreement now, when it comes to some of these big issues like trade, like diplomacy and war. And they are where Dennis Kucinich is.”

On our blog, an open thread on the gravitational force of Kucinich.