Monday, March 15, 2004
Democracy NOW! (okay, tomorrow)
I went to a Kucinich event this evening. To my great surprise, over 1000 people showed up. How can a guy whose candidacy is, well, hopeless put that many butts in seats? It's not like the media has been all Kucinich all the time or anything. Something is going on out there.
Kucinich convinced me that he was a serious candidate when he was the first speaker of the evening to figure out how to work the microphone without deafening the audience with feedback. Here's a tip for all the political candidates out there: the trick is to turn off all but one of the mics.
The message is a little thick on hokey new-age spirituality, and Kucinich has an annoying tendency to lapse into pop scientific metaphors when expressing complex ideas. But even though it doesn't always work, you have to give him credit for trying to develop a new vocabulary for talking about politics.
Kucinich doesn't resort to cliches, and he doesn't talk down to his audience. There were times when, while answering a question, you could tell that he was struggling to find a different way of expressing a familiar thought. He wanted to say it differently because he wanted to make it fresh, wanted his audience to actually think about it, judge it, and do something with it other than reshelving it in the same place as before.
I'm not so sure that the presidency is ready for Kucinich, but I'll vote for him tomorrow. And I'm damn glad he's in the Congress.