THIS WILL DOUBTLESS sound like a boast - oh, hell, it is a boast - but Rep. Dennis Kucinich, the fellow that I recently described as "mercurial" - just changed his mind and will, in fact, support the proposed health care reform bill. You may recall that he was commanding national attention as one of the vigorous Democratic opponents of the bill. He even signed a pledge to vote against it. Today, he unpledged the pledge saying that although he still had doubts about the bill, "if my vote is to be counted, let it count now for passage of the bill, hopefully in the direction of comprehensive health care reform."
A few days ago, as a one-time recorder of his life and times in Cleveland, I wrote:
"Despite his current aversion to the bill, I still wouldn't conclude that ultimately he won't support it if it ever reaches a vote. To know Dennis Kucinich, as I learned day in and day out, is not to know what he's likely to say or do next. Or how he intends to do it. ..."