April 6, 2006

Cynthia McKinney, embarassment

Moments ago, McKinney spoke on the house floor and appologized for her actions and praised the Capitol Police for their professionalism. Maybe she reads The Dope and got hip? At any rate, it's a relief to see her put this to rest before she became more of a target.

This story makes me wince.

I watched Rep. McKinney's press conference shortly after this incident and I got a really bad taste in my mouth and it wasn't because I was eating something that had been in the fridge way past it's sell by date.

Thankfully, Dem leadership are distancing themselves from her, as this is like handing the Republicans a big old early Easter present. By charging racism and trying to inject race into this incident, McKinney is doing exactly what the right accuses so many blacks of doing, namely crying race when it's not justified and using it to cover up or avoid responsibility for their actions.

While this is rarely the case, this fiasco will only serve to solidify that mistaken impression and the right will use it to bludgeon anyone who may have a legitimate complaint in the future.

McKinney, as far as is known, tried to enter a congressional office building without wearing the pin identifying her as a member of congress. Alledgedly, a Capitol Police officer told her to stop twice, yet she continued past and the officer reportedly grabbed McKinney by the arm. At this, point, it's said that McKinney either slapped or punched the cop in the arm or hit him with her cell phone... who knows... but she apparently struck him in some way.

Her entire case consists of arguing that there's only a few black women in congress and therefore the cop should have recognized her, even though she wasn't wearing the proper identifying pin, and that she was "assaulted" due to the fact that she was a black woman. She states she was a victim of "racial profiling". She is not only accusing the individual cop with racism, but the entire Capitol Police force.

It's just hard to take seriously, and as I've said, it's an embarassment to the Dems, a perfect example that the Republicans will point to forever as somehow typical, and perhaps worst of all, it will serve to diminish and allow people to dismiss serious and real incidents of racial profiling and racism in the future, much like the boy who cried wolf.

If someone has a legitimate grievance to do with race in the future, the Republicans will likely dismiss it as just someone "pulling a McKinney" or something similar.

The House Republicans, none of whom have a racist bone in their bodies (cough) immediately rushed to propose a measure congratulating Capitol Hill police for stopping McKinney and manhandling her as well as trying to charge her with a crime.

The B.S. vote is sponsored by the seemingly joke named Patrick McHenry or North Carolina and the right wing Cuban crook Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida. (Think Elian Gonzalez) The measure doesn't mention McKinney by name, but praises the Capitol Police for their professionalism. (Keep it up boys, as long as you're grabbing those darkies.)

I've always respected McKinney, but this really disappoints me in a big way. She should simply apologize for her behavior, and leave it alone. The last thing she should be doing is making a federal case out of it, which is exactly what she's doing. This shows extremely poor judgement and is wrong on many levels.

What's your feelings on the matter?

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At 4/06/2006 6:58 AM, Blogger Polt said...

Whether she was right or wrong, she's GOT to know this only helps the republicans. Is her head really so big, is she really SO self-important that she can't make a simple mea culpa? If she had said, "I was having a bad day, forgot my pin, and was in a rush. No that that excuses what I did, but it just wasn't a good day overall for me, and I over-reacted. I'm sorry." BOOM! The issue would be gone and the Delay scandal would be the talking point of the day!

But no, she has to take this route. It's sad. And unprofessional.

At 4/06/2006 7:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know her district. It is easy to say this only hurts her. We don't know what happened and we don't know the political fallought in her district.

At 4/06/2006 8:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use my credentials (ID) to enter the base and my workplace everyday. I live on and I show my ID to the guards each time I enter the gate and I'm one of the top 10 most senior folks there.

Do I demand that the guards know my face or confront them when they challenge my entry? Absolutely NOT because:

1) it would be arrogant of me to expect anyone to recognize me (some do, still check my ID, and I smile and greet them by name); and

2) guards are executing their duties in a professional manner for the specific purpose of providing me with a secure home and workplace and I'm thankful that they are there.

The entire pin-wearing ID method should be reviewed to see if that continues to be a viable way of checking people's identity. Now that it's widely known that the pins are used, it may be necessary to find a new ID method--perhaps a common access card.

But what amazes me most about this story is that she cries racial profiling when that's exactly the method of identification she expected the guard to use to identify her as one of the few black congresswomen.

If she assaulted the guard, charge her with assault. We can't charge her with being arrogant...only her constituents can do that.

At 4/06/2006 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is arrogant to think that we know the story here. Do we know if a white congressman had just done the same thing and the guard let them right through. No we don't know and to speculate is arrogant.

At 4/06/2006 3:49 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Not so.

I've heard McKinney's side of it and have heard her charges several times. If there were other circumstances around this, I trust she would have been more than happy to tell us about them.

Besides, it's a moot point as she's apologized and as much as admited she made a big mistake.

At 4/06/2006 5:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course she appologized. She is no fool. Appologizing isn't an ommision of guilt. Just a good way of getting re-elected.

At 4/07/2006 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Do we know if a white congressman had just done the same thing and the guard let them right through. No we don't know and to speculate is arrogant."

Arrogance knows no pigment. If a white congressman or a green congressman did the same thing, they'd also be arrogant. The entire building is full of arrogance. It's up to voters to choose or not to choose to tolerate it. But when there's an assault, it's up to security to enforce the law.


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