This is a candidate who announces, on national television, that he would refuse to shoot a Hellfire missile at Osama bin Laden if given the opportunity; a guy who prattles on about the interconnectedness of humanity and his plans for creating a cabinet-level Department of Peace; a man who brags about the wonderfully low blood pressure his animal-cruelty-free diet has brought him memo to the Kucinich campaign: Perhaps a black president. What exactly Kucinich believes about reincarnation has been a source of speculation ever since his Light Institute days, but in the end, it probably doesn't matter much except to late-night comics whether, during his sojourn away from the campaign trail, Kucinich was a student of actual man-dies-and-comes-back-to-life-as-an-insect reincarnation, or just a student of the more run-of-the-mill into-the-wilderness-and-back political reincarnation. On the flip side, if Kucinich pretends he's actually got a serious chance of winning, he looks, well, out of touch with reality, as he did on Bill Maher—and someone who's out of touch with reality is not what Americans, Democrats or Republicans, are looking for after eight years of George W. In a much viewed Internet video, "I Got a Crush It took Ohio 15 years to come around and realize Kucinich was right about Muni Light. What matters is that Kucinich simply can't win, and has done nothing—in terms of fundraising, poll showings, crowd drawing, or inspiring rhetoric—to demonstrate that he can. This is a country in which some people still believe that there is some sort of dignified way out of Iraq—"home with honor" is how the pollsters and strategists describe the widespread sentiment—and, delusional or not, these Americans don't see much "honor" in our troops marching out of the Middle East on the orders of a five-foot-seven, turn-the-other-cheek waif who flashes peace signs without irony and wouldn't eat a steak with the boys once they're back home. A few years passed, and then, readjusting his sights, Kucinich ran for mayor of Cleveland. Sure, it might be unfair, a cosmic and karmic injustice even, that Kucinich, who was more right about the Iraq war than most Democrats and, for the record, more right than one of the meat-eating authors of this vegan-bashing profile , now has less chance of being president than U. Nor was there any question about what George W. Kucinich claims to be pro-choice now, but as Markos Moulitsas, the founder of the liberal blog DailyKos, noted with disgust on his website earlier this year: More on that in a bit.