Glenzilla on the reactions to Kucinich’s loss:
Both the Prospect and Post recite the trite case demonstrating Kucinich’s supposed weirdness. He’s friends with Shirley McLaine, who believes in reincarnation, and he once (according to McLaine) claimed to have an encounter with a UFO. Is any of that really any more strange than the litany of beliefs which the world’s major religions require? Is Barack Obama “wacky” because he claims to believe that Jesus turned water into wine, rose from the dead and will soon welcome him to heaven? Is Chuck Schumer bizarre because he seems to believe that there’s some big fatherly figure sitting in the sky who spewed fire and brimstone at those who broke the laws he sent down on some stones and now hovers over him judging his every move? Is Harry Reid a weirdo because he apparently venerates as divine the “visions” of a man who had dozens of wives, including some already married to other men?
I agree with him, because I said pretty much the same thing several years ago:
I’ve never understood the “anti-UFO” nonsense or painting people who believe in the possibility of alien life as crazy. First off, a UFO is just that- an unidentified flying object. Pilots used to report them all the time- because pilots often see things they can’t identify flying around in the air. Sometimes it turns out to be weather balloons, other times other things. Sometimes they never figure it out.
Being interested in UFO’s really isn’t that crazy. Likewise, even if when discussing UFO’s one actually met “alien life,” so what? In a culture that takes two weeks off every year to celebrate the virgin birth of a prophet who then goes on to make water into wine before being killed for telling people to get along (RIP, Douglas Adams) and then being resurrected a couple days later, the possibility that there might be alien life-forms somewhere out there just doesn’t strike me as that crazy. Why not?
Congress needs more Dennis Kucinich types, not fewer. Even if he wasn’t a master legislator.