I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. Well, rather a lot, really.
Submitted by vastleft on Thu, 03/18/2010 - 10:10am
From TPM, emphasis mine:
A few hours after Rep. Dennis Kucinich switched his support to become a critical vote for the health care bill, he took to the House floor to ask wavering colleagues to join him. Astonished colleagues pointed to Kucinich (D-OH) darting from member to member on the House floor yesterday, saying privately they'd never seen him get so involved in whipping a vote.
It's not just progressives he's targeting to keep in the fold, it's everyone, a top Democratic aide told me. Members know that Kucinich - a staunch antiwar liberal long in favor of a single-payer system and often going out on a limb with his own agenda - is setting aside deep ideology to help get something passed. "It's a totally new dynamic. People are realizing he's doing it for history," the aide said.
I had been planning to write something about the toxic "right side of history" meme, an utterly cavalier way to cast the moral weight of abolition onto any chosen political agenda. So, there it is.