Funny - when I was originally shopping for a candidate, I thought Dean was abrasive! He had this way of kind of "puffing up" when someone questioned him too much...What do you Kucinich people think about this? My friend a liberal Dean person who is now a reluctant Kerry person said while she likes some of what Kucinich has to say he is too unlikable and abrasive to ever catch on.
Kucinich, on the other hand - I've seen and heard him speak many times, mostly on tape and once live, and he only gets worked up when he's doing a speech - a good example of this is a speech titled "Courage, America!" His most famous speech is probably "A Prayer for America" and it is also really moving.
In person he's very soft spoken and also hugs people a lot. He doesn't cuss or resort to personal attacks - I think the harshest thing he's said about Bush was that he lies.(That pretty much says it all, though!)
But then, when pressed by Craig Kilborn, he was able to say a positive thing about the man (he said Bush is very engaging in person.) So....he's got some manners. I've been on his election message board for 7 months now, and not one of them has said "Oh, Dennis is a jerk" or "He's not as friendly as he looks" - in fact it's the other way around, it seems like he's just contagiously nice and he inspires a lot of people.
It's helped me to be on the board with people who know him personally, because I'm sitting here thinking "I'm working my butt off to help this person get elected, who I've only met once for a brief hello, is this person for real or am I getting misled?" And then I speak to people who actually KNOW him and work with him and they're like "No, he's really great." I don't get the "creepy" vibe off of him, and if I was ever going to get it, it would have been when I was standing right next to him at a rally. I didn't get it. He passed my last test at that point.
Dean, I think, let his anger get to him and it just ate him up. I liked his enthusiasm, but I don't think he realised just how DIRTY a Presidential race is...it caught him off guard. Kucinich on the other hand has been chewed up and spat out by the system before, and survived, so he's mellowed.
It's hard to see that from the TV coverage though - esp. Jay Leno, who I think was "put out" that he had to have ALL the candidates on at least once, to meet the equal time requirements. So he does serious interviews with Kerry and Edwards and the others - but he puts Kucinich in a "Dating Game' with Jennifer Tilly. *******.
I like having something "down below"
don't click this. seriously.What would you call it, sci-fi guru?