Confession: I've taken a (probably permanent) hiatus from the presidential primary horse race, mainly because (A) I think, like many of us who have had misgivings about Mitt Romney, I have probably reached the limits of constructive criticism and (B) I don't see a viable scenario going forward in which Romney doesn't emerge as the Republican nominee.
Thus, I'll limit my published reaction to last night's results to this little gem out of Ohio, which you may have missed in the midst of the presidential street fight:
Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, has defeated fellow Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich in the state's 9th District congressional primary.
That's right. Come January, the House will have lost its most consistent apologist for the Assad regime; the would-be creator of the Department of Peace and Nonviolence; the statesman who drove the city of Cleveland to default; and, let us not forget, the man who Shirley MacLaine said "felt a connection in his heart" with a UFO he spotted from her house (it remains unclear to this day whether that claim says more about the quality of Dennis Kucinich's mind or the quality of Shirley MacLaine's peyote).
What does an unemployed Dennis Kucinich mean for the political world? In the short term, it means that Marcy Kaptur is going to be tasked with warding off Samuel Wurzelbacher (AKA Joe the Plumber) in the general election. In the long term, it probably means that MSNBC is going to be revamping its primetime lineup.