As reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), a darkhorse contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, has opened a campaign presence in Second Life.
The Plain Dealer refers to a YouTube video (see below) of Kucinich’s SL site as “trippy,” adding:
Earlier this week, Comedy Central posted a video by comedian Stephen Colbert that satirizes Kucinich’s habit of whipping items out of his pocket and waving them around onstage during campaign appearances. Citing a 1999 Plain Dealer article in which Kucinich slipped a used tea bag into his pocket, Colbert challenges Kucinich to empty out his pockets on television.
“Not even Mike Gravel is crazy enough to keep used tea bags in his pockets,” Colbert raves. “He puts them in his hobo bindle.”
Kucinich’s hometown newspaper also pokes fun at the age difference between the 61-year-old former mayor and his 29-year-old wife, Elizabeth.
Virtual Worlds News was kinder to Kucinich’s SL foray, writing:
When asked why [Kucinich] entered into Second Life when other candidates were staying away, Ely said it’s pure social networking.
“We do them all,” said [Kucinich aide Chad] Ely. “Any and all ways we can get out to the people and let them know about Dennis Kucinich. That’s all we have to do. He’s got all the other candidates beat on the issues, so his stand on the issues will do the job for us…”
“There’s been a lot of things the other candidates have done that haven’t worked out for them, like being able to comment on YouTube pages, and we just haven’t had that problem,” Ely said. “There’s a few people, Ron Paul supporters or Obama supporters, that try to go in and goof us a little bit, but they pretty much leave us alone. They know Dennis is a good guy, and we don’t play those games.”