Rep. Dennis Kucinich's public moment with Gen. David Petraeus
Every once in a while there are clear eyed moments on Capitol Hill.
One such moment occurred yesterday, according to an eye witness who contacted the Tatler. As he was waiting for the Capitol subway, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) apparently became physically agitated as he watched a TV monitor. The image wasn't of earthquake victims in Japan, nor news of a pending nuclear meltdown there. It wasn't even a picture of Libya's madman Col. Muammar Qaddafi.
No. What unsettled him was a picture of General David Petraeus, the Commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The general was talking about military progress in that country. Petraeus was testifying before the House Armed Services Committee and could be seen on a large TV monitor at a House of Representatives subway stop, which ferries members of Congress to the Capitol Building.
As the House staffers who surrounded him knew, Rep. Kucinich has repeatedly sought to de-fund the Afghan war. The top one of the congressman's web sites, "kucinich.us" screams out in capital letters, "ACT NOW TO END THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN."
According to one House staffer who was standing at the subway stop beside Kucinich, the Democrat seemed troubled watching the American general. He told the Tatler, "His neck was craned up at the TV with a zombie scowl on his face, like a stock broker witnessing a market crash."