Thursday, April 06, 2006

McKinney's Law

That scraping sound you hear is the Democratic National Committee digging a hole. And Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney of Georgia has provided the shovel.

At a time when President Bush’s popularity is shaky, during a week when Tom Delay unplugs his political career, and with mid-term elections just several months away, the Democrats have their most outspoken and controversial elected official at center stage.

McKinney is the Congresswoman who allegedly struck a security guard at a House of Representatives office building. The guard had attempted to stop McKinney because she was not wearing an identification badge and did not stop at the entrance when asked. An arrest warrant is now being sought.

McKinney has long been making headlines for making head-scratching comments, like her assertion that President Bush had advance knowledge of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. She has also called the Supreme Court racist, said Al Gore was overlooking African-Americans in his campaign despite the fact that his campaign manager was black and has had numerous other altercations with security and staff in D.C.

Democrats have been trying to take tentative steps to appear moderate on key issues, like national security. They don’t need a McKinney explosion at this time. What is even more puzzling is the fact that no Dem leaders have stepped forward to denounce McKinney’s actions and restore their party’s reputation. An unchecked McKinney, who may only get wilder if criminal charges are brought, spells bad news for Dems in the mid-terms.

Posted April 6, 2006