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More reaction to McKinney
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, April 05, 2006

From USA Today:
An officer who didn't recognize her asked her three times to stop. When McKinney didn't respond, he put his hand out to restrain her.

At this point, a reasonable person might have identified herself without incident.
A key point in this discussion, roundly ignored by her defenders ... what would a reasonable person be expected to do in such a situation? McKinney's actions were not those of a reasonabile person in a high-security area.
Security on Capitol Hill is no joke. Two Capitol Police officers were killed in 1998 when a mentally ill man opened fire at a tourist entrance. That was before 9/11 and the anthrax attacks.

McKinney should stop exploiting a phony race issue and apologize for her overbearing behavior. There's little doubt that Capitol Police will remember her in the future.
It is exploitation of a phony race issue, but that's McKinney's political bread and butter. And with an election looming a politically irrelevant McKinney had to have been looking for an opportunity to elevate her visibility.

Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Certainly, the legacy of racism is alive and well. You can see it in the self-destructive behavior of so many young black men — the internecine violence, the distorted self-esteem, the worship of thug culture. You can see the legacy of racism in the enduring rates of poverty and poor health among black citizens.

But McKinney's trumped-up charge of racism merely cheapens the term, so that it's less effective when it's needed to discuss genuine discrimination.
The very problem one of our commenters in yesterday's thread mentioned when reminding us about the "boy who cried wolf".

As for the Democrats, it's "you're on your own, Ms. McKinney". It's reportred that House Minority leader Pelosi is none to happy with the actions of McKinney:
Meanwhile, McKinney found no defenders among fellow Democrats, including the House leadership and the Congressional Black Caucus. Some of them made a point of praising the Capitol Hill police and distancing themselves from McKinney, who has roiled the caucus with controversial comments about the Bush administration, the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and other matters.

The No. 2 House Democrat, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, said everyone who enters the Capitol —- members, media and visitors —- has the responsibility to cooperate fully with the Capitol police." He added: "It doesn't appear that happened" in McKinney's case.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who no longer speaks to McKinney, told reporters Tuesday that "it would be hard to see any set of facts that justifies hitting a cop."

McKinney's office announced last week that members of Congress would attend a press conference to show their support for her, but none showed up. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) did send a statement. It said, "The most responsible and useful course for all involved would be to seek a resolution that would be satisfactory to both parties."

The Dems are content to leave McKinney out on the limb on which she finds herself. And frankly that's the right move. Of course now McKinney finds herself answering charges of misuse of public funds for flying an entertainer in for a political event. While the sum is small ($1,000) she can count on it being used against her by the GOP and will find little support from among House Democrats. And that's in addition to the possible charges she faces for assault on a police officer in the preformance of his duty.

Such are the consequences of political stupidity. My guess, however, is they won't have any electoral consequences given the voting record of the 4th Congressional district.


MORE: [Jon Henke]

A profile of Cynthia McKinney can be read here, with details about some of her less palatable characteristics.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

Such are the consequences of political stupidity. My guess, however, is they won’t have any electoral consequences given the voting record of the 4th Congressional district.
Reminds me of Memphis. Harold Ford’s uncle, John Ford, was elected to the state legislature from a Memphis district again and again even after years of unsavory activity. For example, he threatened a state trooper with a gun when he got stopped. Yet the voters didn’t seem to care in the least.

The FBI finally hauled him away for bribery. They implemented a sting operation that got four members of the legislature, but Ford took more than the other three combined. Then the Ford machine put up his sister Ophelia as a replacement candidate. She won by 13 votes in an election that was disputed for many allegations of illegal voting and other corrupt practices. It’s still not settled after six months, but the Memphis Commercial Appeal said "Meanwhile, Ford told reporters Thursday that God chose her for the race so her case could help change how election contests are settled. "

These people apparently genuinely believe they have a God-given right to lord over the rest of us peons. And as long as they keep getting elected, there’s nothing anyone can do to convince them otherwise.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Ms. McKinney demands the police be able to recognize all members by face. Let’s use a stack of photos and see if she can do the same.

It’s a shame she can’t worry about real problems, such as the genocide in Darfur, and not her petty gievances.
Written By: Maj.BertramPudgeman
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Someone is making a very big deal out of a very small one. One item that isn’t brought up is that the Capitol Hill Police are given face recognition instructions as a part of their official training. Capitol Hill Police are required to recognize, greet, and distinguish Members of Congress as a part of their official role and responsibilities. She changed her hair style. The guy didn’t recongnize her. Mistakes were made. No blood was shed, no money was lost. Why does this keep going on? Could Rove want to make her the most famous democrat in congress?
Written By: cindy bravo
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Why does this keep going on? Could Rove want to make her the most famous democrat in congress?
Cindy this is an "own goal" from the Democrats, babeee... it’s Congressperson MCKINNEY that’s doing all the talkin’. If she’d shut up and/or apologize it’ll all go away. Don’t be a’lookin’ at 1600 PA Avenue on this, be a’lookin’ at the Capital Dome. UNLESS, you’re saying that the Evilllll Dr. Rove, Super-Genius, has recruited McKinney as a deep-cover Republican agent.

-Doing my part to stretch this thread to 100 postings. If we all pull together and work as a team we can succeed-
Written By: Joe
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One final note, I believe that Cnthia McKinney has roundly criticized SCIENTOLOGY calling its founder a huckster and a fraud and it’s members dupes of the first order.....

-Thereby combining the two best thread topics, Cynthia McKinney and Scientology-
Written By: Joe
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Written By: meagain
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One final note, I believe that Cnthia McKinney has roundly criticized SCIENTOLOGY calling its founder a huckster and a fraud and it’s members dupes of the first order.....
Man, you’ve just opened Cliche Central!

"Pot calling the kettle black..." (bonus points for potential racist misinterpretation!)

"Takes one to know one..."

"To catch a thief..."

"Even a blind pig finds an acorn..."

Of course, I usually avoid cliches like the plague.

Written By: Billy Hollis
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The only thing I could think of was "Dear God, I actually agree with something that twit said." I may have to join scientology on principles alone.
Written By: Curt Mitchell
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Then Curt, you are dupe of the first order.....

Also puppies, Cynthia McKinney is AGAINST PUPPIES! Yes, she sees them as a part of the Zionist Plot to destroy America. She supports radical vegetarian anti-Puppyism. Only Glenn Reynolds is a greater threat to pupppies!

-Come on folks, I can’t do this alone. If McKinney, Scientology and puppies won’t motivate I may have to move onto Motherhood, Pam Anderson, and Bay Watch, in general-
Written By: Joe
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Is is true that Peter Jackson based his portrayal of Sauron on Cynthia McKinney? This guy’s analysis notes:
Percentage of protagonists in Fellowship who are white: 100. Meanwhile the black antagonists and their black crow spies and their black glass seeing ball inhabit their black towers and perform black magic. Gosh, I wonder if there’s some symbolism there?
And, of course, the higher-consciousness elves are clearly based on Scientologists.

Written By: Billy Hollis
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I’d have to say that the orcs represented the Body Thetans, and that Suaron represented Xenu....and the story WAS racist. The Men of Westernesse physically assaulted the Orcs and touched them inappropriately!
Written By: Joe
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Joe, you’re probably right about the Orcs. Those mutated soldiers that came along later are a different story. The same source I quoted above hypothesized:
The mutated muscular soldiers of Mordor turned out to be hilariously ineffective fighters, a dozen of them held off by a single dying human. Apparently they made the beasts by crossing Orcs, Goblins and the French.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Written By: Joe
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Wanna buy some french orc swords? Never taken outta the scabbard, only dropped once.
Recovered on the fields of Four-Door where the Scientology Puppies, led by the wizard Serutan, were ambushed by Cynthia McKinney and the capitol building basement orcs. Or were they led by Bromosel? I can never get that part straight.
Written By: looker
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McQ, one thing you failed to point out is that Cynthia Tucker of the AJC is one of the MOST liberal columnists in the nation today. The fact that Tucker threw McKinney under the bus shows where McKinney stands in relation to the liberal side of the political spectrum: Way off in left field.
Written By: EdMcGon
Cynthia Tucker of the AJC is one of the MOST liberal columnists in the nation today.
Not to mention a black woman. Yup, you’re right, Ed, I did fail to mention it. But while I rarely agree with Ms. Tucker, I’ve grown to appreciate her voice over the years. She has some integrity.

Few down here in Atlanta can be heard to support McKinney, btw.
Written By: McQ

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