Dennis Kucinich, former congressman and icon of the anti-war left, has signed up as an analyst for Fox News. He will debut on “The O’Reilly Factor” Thursday night.That's right. The boy mayor of Cleveland who bankrupted his city supposedly to make a stand for his principles has now decided to cash in with Fox News, their opposition to everything Kucinich claims to principled about be damned.
“Through 16 years in Congress and two presidential campaigns, FOX News has always provided me with an opportunity to share my perspective with its enormous viewership,” Kucinich (D-Ohio) said in a statement. “I look forward to a continuation of our relationship this time as a FOX News contributor.”
Not that anyone should really be surprised. Dennis Kucinich and Fox always have shared a common bond and a common belief: that ideological warfare is more important than progress. Or at least, that it's more profitable. And of course, after you get kicked out of Congress by a real Democrat, it's not that unusual for profiteering politicians to fall into the loving arms and green contracts of Fox News.
Think about it. What is Dennis Kucinich known for? Howling, being incapable of doing math, and calling for President Obama's impeachment for his action to save lives in Libya. What is Fox News known for? Howling, being completely inept at math, and calling for President Obama's impeachment over saving lives in Libya. And, Kucinich is known for voting with Republicans more often than ANY other House Democrat, including, ahem, blue dogs (h/t NYC_Liberal in comments). These two are just like peas in a pod.
The people who Dennis Kucinich represents have never been shy about signing up with the far fringe of the far right to try to defeat the agenda of a the most progressive president in some 50 years. Remember when the Professional Left's Queen Bee Jane Hamsher appeared on Fox News to try to stop health care reform? Or when she teamed up with Grover Norquist to try to get the then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel fired?
Fox has always given a home to people who agreed to be their useful idiots "from the Left" to try to obstruct this president's agenda. No wonder Kucinich has found a home there. And a pretty contract too, no doubt.