I confess. I take more delight in pointing out how Dennis Kucinich can invoke the positive connotation of chutzpah than I do building up our President's stockpile of negative connotation awards. Again, it is early in the week; but Kucinich seems to have cottoned on to the proposition that chutzpah is a great way to get attention from more than the long tail of the blogosphere. Having had to endure the usual neglect at the Brown and Black Democratic Forum, he decided to exercise his right ask a candidate of any candidate on the stage by asking himself a question. The topic was universal single-payer not-for-profit health care, which gave him the opportunity to distinguish himself from all the other candidates (since he is the only one supporting such a straightforward approach to quality-health-care-for-all). As anyone can see from the video clip (which I saw on Truthdig), he pulled this off with the sort of panache that made it clear that he knew he was in chutzpah territory. So now he has two Chutzpah of the Week awards; and, if his strategy works (and I certainly hope it does), then he may yet be able to parlay those awards into votes that count.