Dennis Kucinich has been saying all along that he couldn't support the health-care legislation before Congress. He voted against the bill the first time around because it wasn't progressive enough, and as recently as yesterday claimed he was still a "firm no." But even a principled stand by a politician who's never been shy about deviating from the party line couldn't withstand the overtures of President Obama, who spent almost all of Monday wooing and vaguely threatening the Ohio congressman. In a press conference this morning, Kucinich announced that he has decided "after careful discussions with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, my wife Elizabeth, and close friends" that he would vote yes. He added that his "criticism of the legislation has been well reported," and he doesn't "retract those criticisms." But in the end, Kucinich recognized how pivotal his vote has become, and he refused to make the perfect the enemy of the good. It will be interesting to see if his decision persuades other wavering Democrats to come to a similar conclusion.
Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
- 1. Mad Men Recap: You’re Pretentious, You Know That?
- 2. 20 Things Worth Knowing About Toronto’s Crack-Smoking Mayor, Rob Ford
- 3. The Era of Private Space Travel Is Just Beginning
- 4. This Week’s Mad Men GIF: Ken Cosgrove Does a Jig
- 5. Game of Thrones Recap: Weddings and White Walkers
- 6. Justin Bieber Collects Award, Publicly Sulks, Gets Booed
- 7. In Touch’s ‘Kanye Is Gay’ Story Is Awful
- 8. New Crazy Black Republican Is Craziest Black Republican Yet
- 9. SNL Recap: Welcome Home, Ben Who-Fleck