Jackson on Kucinich

The talented Derrick Jackson (who I had the pleasure of working with at the Globe) says Dennis Kucinich has it right on health care.

Dennis Kucinich rarely gets much airtime in Democratic presidential debates. That was underscored recently when ABC’s George Stephanopoulos called on him in an Iowa forum to talk about God. Kucinich said, “George, I’ve been standing here for the last 45 minutes praying to God you were going to call on me.”

With poll numbers at 1 or 2 percent, the Ohio congressman is the nudge kicking at the knees of the Democratic Party to offer more than incremental change. He deserves more attention than he gets. On healthcare, he says what Americans believe, even as his rivals rake in contributions from the industry.

You don't have to look for to find how much I agree with him ( here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here).

And come to think of it, health care is not the only issue where the Kuc is right. He is, and has long been, right about Iraq. So here we have a candidate that is right on the two most pressing concerns for the country -- let alone Democratic primary voters -- who is dismissed as a fringe candidate and polls at 1-2 percent. Something is seriously wrong with the way we handle elections in this country.