Dennis Kucinich joins Karl Rove and Sarah Palin as Fox News contributor

Dennis Kucinich, who before recently announcing his retirement from politics served 16 years as one of the most progressive voices in Congress and ran for president twice in the role of guy who was so far to the left he never stood a chance, has signed on as the latest contributor at Fox News.

After the election Roger Ailes surprised us all by admitting a chink in the neocon armor and suspending Karl Rove from Fox News for 27 days. Now, he’s just gone and scrambled our minds:

“I’ve always been impressed with Rep. Kucinich’s fearlessness and thoughtfulness about important issues,” Ailes said. “His willingness to take a stand from his point of view makes him a valuable voice in our country’s debate.”

Roger Ailes praising Dennis Kucinich: That’s it, guys, monkeys just flew out of my butt and hell froze over. Sure, this is just an attention-grabbing ratings play to make up some ground they’ve lost to MSNBC, but it’s still a pretty shocking move.

For his part, Dennis said:

Through 16 years in Congress and two presidential campaigns, Fox News has always provided me with an opportunity to share my perspective with its enormous viewership I look forward to a continuation of our relationship this time as a Fox News contributor.

Translation: It pays is fantastic.