Back at the UNH rally for Kucinich, which was dubbed a “party,” not a rally, the scene was more laid back. No one pressed his views on anyone else. Everything was “cool, man.” Derek Garcia, a 22-year-old volunteer from Albuquerque, said he was first attracted to Kucinich by “his courageous stance against the 1972 ABM treaty, which begins to allow the weaponization of space.”
Brent Adams, 37, of Santa Cruz, California, said the Kucinich supporters are “trying to be the change ? this is Gandhi, by the way ? that we would like to see in the world.”
Adams said he’s “livin’ in a tent, don’t have to pay no rent.” He wore a multicolored Viking hat with braids hanging from each side. He was standing by the entrance to the event when a man who called himself “Vermin” approached. Vermin wore a ZZ-Top-looking beard, Mad-Max-style shoulder pads, and a long rubber boot for a hat. He said he was running for president on the “time-travel research platform.” If elected president, he would fund time-travel research so we could “go back and kill Hitler.” As he was standing near Adams, wearing the Viking hat and supporting the candidate who wants to create a Department of Peace so that all the world will learn to live in harmony, a man wearing a Kucinich shirt pointed to “Vermin” handing out literature, and said, “Who would take anything from that idiot?”
While I understand that the reporter very likely went after the most goofy and outre Kucinich supporters to interview, you can’t tell me that they’re entirely unrepresentative of the whole. Pot-smoking nitwits with bad hygiene and moronic notions of current events.
I feel bad for the guy wearing the Kucinich shirt; I know exactly how he feels. When I was younger, I used to go to science fiction/fantasy conventions to buy used books and talk to authors and illustrators, and I was always vaguely uncomfortable having to stand next to some weirdo in a Judge Dredd costume or Klingon mask who, to paraphrase William Shatner, would very likely never move out of his parents’ basement or kiss a girl. Guilt by association, embarrassment by proximity. Bill Murray saying to his fellow Ghostbusters, “Guys! You’re scaring the straights!” Take your pick.
It’s a damn shame he’s so unelectable. I understand ol’ Dennis is quite the musical genius with a pair of foam mallets on a plastic oil barrel.