Thursday, April 06, 2006


Go Forth & Cyn No More

Cynthia McKinney finally gets around to doing the right thing -- apologizing for her Capitol Police-bashing incident.

The most interesting thing about this is the dog that DIDN'T bark, to wit: McKinney said that this was a case of "being a member of Congress while black." Well, it was fascinating that not one other member of the Congressional Black Caucus stepped forward to say that they had been ill-treated by Capitol cops in a racial manner. We're talking here about such "shrinking violets" as Maxine Waters, Charles Rangel, John Lewis, etc.

If there was any sort of history here, the CBC would have been out in front in support of McKinney. Instead,
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, which has declined to comment because the facts of the case are in dispute, met Wednesday evening to discuss the incident. McKinney was in attendance.
It can't go without notice that if McKinney is indicted, she will have given Republicans a gift from the heavens. At a moment when all the legal news coming from Capitol Hill has involved members of the GOP, she may serve up a headline of "Democratic Member of Congress Assaults Cop."

Nice going, Cynthia. I'm sure Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rahm Emmanuel, will be sending flowers: This is EXACTLY the sort of example they wanted to point out how ready the Democrats are to lead the House of Representatives.

Talk about an all around political embarrassment.

UPDATE: John Lewis proves himself the classy one here. Of course, the outgoing gentleman from the Lone Star State has to provide some comic relief:

Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) told Human Events on Tuesday that he would consider
filing an ethics complaint against McKinney if nobody else did. Yesterday he
said he would monitor how law-enforcement authorities deal with the matter.
There's a pot and kettle line that seems fitting here, but far be it from me to go there.

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