Dennis Kucinich: He’s a pesky little varmint, isn’t he?

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Kucinich's new motto: "Fighting for You By Running Around American Suing Everybody."
The message couldn’t be any clearer: Cleveland is the only place in America, unfortunately, that wants anything to do with Dennis Kucinich. First he receives exactly 0 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses. Three days later, he sues the Texas Democratic Party after refusing to fill out paperwork to run in the state primary because it contains a loyalty oath. Then ABC declares him too inconsequential to appear in a January 5 debate in New Hampshire, where he goes on to win just 1 percent of the vote... But like your annoying 11-year-old brother who threatens to call the cops on you and your friends for smoking weed unless he can hang out too, Kucinich just won’t get a clue. On Monday, Kucinich sued MSNBC after the cable news network rescinded an invite to its Tuesday presidential debate. A Clark County judge initially sided with Kucinich and even threatened to file an injunction to block the debate if MSNBC didn’t comply. So the network quickly appealed the decision, invoking one of Kucinich’s favorite battle cries: He was violating MSNBC’s First Amendment rights by infringing on its freedom to program what it wished. ''Mr. Kucinich's claim ... undermines the wide journalistic freedoms enjoyed by news organizations under the First Amendment,'' lawyer Donald Campbell wrote in his appeal. An hour before the debate, the Nevada Supreme Court reversed the lower court’s decision, allowing MSNBC to proceed without Kucinich. It proved to be a good move. As the three top Democratic candidates bantered back and forth, race played center stage on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It’s a topic that would have proved shaky for the self-proclaimed “workers president.” After all, when Kucinich made his first congressional bid in 1976, he openly mocked his opponent, Ron Mottl, for voting to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a holiday. – Denise Grollmus

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