By the Pocket’s Red Scare
Kucinich on The Colbert Report: Helpful or Harmful?
By Manila Ryce
Published Tuesday, October 16th, 2007, 4:15 am
Regular readers to the blog know I’m unapologetically pro-Kucinich, but after watching the candidate who’s most in sync with America willingly make an even bigger clown out of himself, I wanted to journey to the nearest daycare center with a strand of piano wire. If you thought Kucinich would actually be allowed to engage in genuine political discourse with Colbert, you too will be asking yourself afterwards, “Did I really just witness a presidential candidate miss his opportunity to connect with the demographic most receptive to his message in favor of doing over 5 minutes of prop comedy?”
Kucinich was seemingly forced by Colbert’s writing staff to be a poor man’s Carrot Top. Sure, being the butt of jokes has gotten Kucinich a fair amount of media attention in itself, but once you get that attention you’re supposed to step out of the caricature and address real issues. I use to think any publicity was good publicity for Dennis, but now I’m not so sure. I don’t have a problem with the gnomish typecasting, but I think there’s a serious problem when that’s all you’re brought on for. What do you think?