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Breaking: Dennis Kucinich’s Wife Is Hot!

I was all set to blog about this unbelievably insipid WaPo profile of Dennis Kucinich's unbelievably attractive wife, when, wouldn't you know it, New York mag's Michael Idov beat me to it. If you've got ten minutes to spare, trudge … Read More

By / December 5, 2007

I was all set to blog about this unbelievably insipid WaPo profile of Dennis Kucinich's unbelievably attractive wife, when, wouldn't you know it, New York mag's Michael Idov beat me to it.

If you've got ten minutes to spare, trudge your way through the warrens of puff-piece cliche about a homely non-starter candidate and the gorgeous New Age-y soul that binds him to his Elle cover model wifey. Or, if you've got five seconds to spare, read this:

Enough of this, seriously. The only reason Kucinich isn’t a viable candidate — in the Perot-of-the-left sense — is the media’s across-the-board insistence on depicting him as a woodland creature. As a culture, we love the underdog but hate the hangdog — as soon as somebody doesn’t look like a winner, we gang up and cull him from the herd. Highlighting Kucinich’s wife’s looks is, oddly enough, just another way of humiliating him, and everyone from the far right to The Daily Show is equally culpable. Somehow the fact that this guy was mayor of Cleveland at 31 tends to be forgotten. Our mayor is five-feet-seven too, and no one other than Diane Sawyer has a problem with that. Then again, billions of dollars tend to add an invisible couple of inches wherever inches can be added.

In the bullying media's defense, Jerry Springer was mayor of Cleveland* once, and who cares at how old?

* No, he wasn't. Cincinnati. 

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