Dennis Kucinich on the Campaign Trail

Kucinich campaigns in Washington state for the next few days before hitting Michigan Friday. The campaign maintains that there are 42 contests left to and that this is only the beginning. They will focus their energies on states where they have decent organizations and grass roots support, such as Washington and Maine.

And as indication that the campaign is still operating on a small scale, new press secretary William Rivers Pitt proclaimed his excitement at finally getting to join the campaign on the road full-time by enthusing "I can't wait to get back in the van!" — a reference to the inevitable rented van which transports Kucinich and a few key staffers in each city.

Oops, He Did It Again

JAN 28--Rep. Kucinich left New Hampshire much like he left Iowa, with a last place finish and an enthusiastic, if unrealistic, pledge to keep trucking though in every state to pick up delegates and eventually win the nomination.

The crowd was in a frenzy by the end of Kucinich's speech at campaign headquarters in downtown Manchester Tuesday night, chanting his name and jumping up and down so much that the floor shook. Seemingly undeterred by his meager two percent showing, Kucinich gave his signature anti-war rallying cry and claimed his campaign is viable throughout the country: "Some candidates put all their eggs in one basket…I put a lot of little eggs in 50 baskets."

The gathering was distinctly Kucinich-ian in flavor. Feeling more like a city council victory party than a presidential primary, there was a relatively small but dedicated audience, homemade signs and scattered balloons. After his speech Kucinich's campaign manager Dot Maver, a peace activist and "healer" with no previous political experience, passed Kucinich a note from which he thanked everyone from a woman who held several house parties in the state to the caterers who provided food for the event.

Performances included a peace rap by the sequin-and-striped-clad Moriah and John, newlywed singers following the campaign around for their honeymoon, and a gospel group wearing yellow and pruple robes led by a man in a preacher's uniform imploring the audience to not buy products from chain stores. In thanking the activists from "Democreation" who've been campaigning for the candidate in a psychadellic van, Kucinich bragged that the New York Times described it as "something right out of the sixties," and received wild applause. At most Kucinich events it seems nothing could make the crowd happier than to be transported back to the Summer of Love.

True to his promise, Kucinich and staff take off for Oklahoma tomorrow to make a play in the Feb.3 state, and will likely stay in the race longer than anyone other than the nominee. Unlike his rivals, Kucinich doesn't have to drop out to save face after poor showings because he has no expectations to meet, and he's raised enough money to continue flying commercially, talking to supporters and keeping his anti-war message on the table.

As New Hampshire campaign director Mary MacArthur told ABC News, "Think of what the candidates were talking about before Dennis got into the race and what they're talking about now. To me, that's all that matters."

A New Sheriff in Town

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