Dennis Kucinich is urging his supporters to throw their votes to Barack Obama on the second Iowa ballot. Second choices matter in Iowa. (Candidates who receive less than 15 percent of the vote are considered non-viable. Their followers can go home or cast ballots for their second choice. Front-runners Obama, Clinton and Edwards will likely snap up roughly three-quarters of the Iowa caucus vote. All of the them have been courting the second tier for second-choice votes.) From Denny K’s campaign website:
Democratic Presidential candidate and Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich opened the New Year by publicly asking his Iowa supporters to vote for him in the caucuses this Thursday, and suggesting that if he did not make the 15% threshold, their second ballot should be for Senator Barack Obama. “This is obviously an ‘Iowa-only’ recommendation, as Sen. Obama and I are competing in the New Hampshire primary next Tuesday where I want to be the first choice of New Hampshire voters.
“I hope Iowans will caucus for me as their first choice this Thursday, because of my singular positions on the war, on health care, and trade. This is an opportunity for people to stand up for themselves. But in those caucus locations where my support doesn’t reach the necessary threshold, I strongly encourage all of my supporters to make Barack Obama their second choice. Sen. Obama and I have one thing in common: Change.”
So, does Obama still oppose impeachment–Denny K’s hobby horse–as straightforwardly as he did six months ago? Flashback:
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama laid out list of political shortcomings he sees in the Bush administration but said he opposes impeachment for either President George W. Bush or Vice President Dick Cheney…
…Obama, a Harvard law school graduate and former lecturer on constitutional law at the University of Chicago, said impeachment should not be used as a standard political tool.
“I think you reserve impeachment for grave, grave breaches, and intentional breaches of the president’s authority,” he said.
“I believe if we began impeachment proceedings we will be engulfed in more of the politics that has made Washington dysfunction,” he added. “We would once again, rather than attending to the people’s business, be engaged in a tit-for-tat, back-and-forth, non-stop circus.”
Will Denny’s people really do as he says?
Meantime, InsiderAdvantage reports that “Reallocated Numbers Based on Second Preferences [Give] Edwards A Solid Lead.”
Marc Ambinder sheds light on the falling out between Denny K and Johnny E:
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Kucinich’s supporters could help Obama in non-liberal precincts where the two or three Kucinich supporters could wind up enlarging Obama’s preference groups just enough to get that extra delegate…
Note: Last cycle, the Edwards and Kucinich campaigns agreed to tell their supporters to join each other’s preference groups if one or the other didn’t make “threshold.” Edwards advisers now believe that the deal hurt them more than it helped them.
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