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Kucinich: Nothing succeeds like success

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At first glance, it would seem that Dennis Kucinich, a 5-foot-7, 60-year-old vegan, is out of his mind to run for president again.

Even liberal politicians have backed away from him. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi passed over him for chairman of the national security subcommittee, maybe because he wants to end the war on drugs and create a Department of Peace.

On second glance, it’s easier to see why Kucinich thinks he can lead the country:
  • The geeky kid became Cleveland’s prodigy city councilman at age 23 and the nation’s youngest big-city mayor at age 31.

  • His decision to let Cleveland default instead of selling its electric company cost him re-election, only to have the city council honor him later for refusing to sell and saving customers more than $200 million.

  • He’s become something of a star on YouTube for bursting into song and proclaiming himself “a president with no strings.”

  • Weirdest of all: Two years ago, he married a gorgeous, 6-foot Julianne Moore look-alike, half his age. She accepted his marriage proposal after Kucinich courted her with a copy of his Department of Peace legislation, gave her his e-mail address and took her on one date.

    “If that happened to you,” says columnist Joel Stein, “you’d think you could be president, too.”
What are we to learn from all this? No one ever said leading was easy, but if you believe in yourself and stick to your guns, at least you can have some fun at it. Carry on.

—Adapted from “Constant Candidate,” Joel Stein, Time.

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