Friday, March 31, 2006

"Jihad Cindy" does it again

We've previously blogged about the unspeakably wretched Rep. Cynthia McKinney, a Democrat from my home state of Georgia. (If any talk radio host wants to talk about why this irresponsible airhead doesn't belong in Congress, please call our agent.)

As everyone in the blogosphere knows by now, "Jihad Cindy" -- the tag Neal Boortz hung on McKinney in tribute to her enthusiastic support for, and from, terrorists -- (allegedly) tried to blow past a metal detector at the Capitol and then (allegedly) assaulted the policeman who tried to stop her.

From the moment I heard this news, a mental clock started ticking as I waited for the inevitable, and now ...

McKinney plays the race card (h/t MALKIN):

Her lawyer, James W. Myart Jr., said, "Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, like thousands of average Americans across this country, is, too, a victim of the excessive use of force by law enforcement officials because of how she looks and the color of her skin."
"Ms. McKinney is just a victim of being in Congress while black," Myart said. "Congresswoman McKinney will be exonerated." ...

"Congresswoman McKinney, in a hurry, was essentially chased and grabbed by the officer," Myart said. "She reacted instinctively in an effort to defend herself."
Several Capitol Police officials have said the officer involved asked McKinney three times to stop. When she did not, he placed a hand on her and she hit him, they said.
In a draft of a statement that McKinney did not release, she said the officer "bodyblocked" her during the incident, and she blamed his failure to recognize her on a recent makeover.
"It is ... a shame that while I conduct the country's business, I have to stop and call the police to tell them that I've changed my hairstyle so that I'm not harassed at work," McKinney said in the draft, which was obtained by WSB-TV of Atlanta and posted on its website.

I just watched a press conference on C-SPAN in which McKinney and her supporters sought to demagogue the race issue. Pathetic -- and sure to be a P.R. disaster for the Democrats. This is from Atlanta's WSB-TV (where I won a kiddie quiz show in 1972):
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday labeled it "a mistake, an unfortunate lack of recognition of a member of Congress." She added that the police officer was not at fault.
"I would not make a big deal of this," said Pelosi, D-Calif.
Ron Bonjean, spokesman for House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., responded: "How many officers would have to be punched before it becomes a big deal?"
ATTENTION NANCY PELOSI: There is a surveillance video of the incident, so if McKinney's crowd wants to make a big issue of this, we'll see that video on the evening news (24/7 on Fox News, no doubt), and the truth will out.

Anybody who lives or works in D.C. knows how intense security is since 9/11. There are concrete barricades and security checkpoints everywhere, and metal detectors -- my God, the metal detectors! You get so tired of having to empty your pockets into those little trays, and it's not just the Capitol. I remember at the premiere of "Gods and Generals," I stood in line with actors and actresses from the film while we waited to go through the metal detectors to enter a gala event at the Reagan Building downtown. Same thing at CPAC: If you wanted to hear Cheney speak, you had to go through the metal detectors, press pass or no press pass.

So Cynthia McKinney, who should know the drill by now, certainly has no excuse for not stopping when the police officer asked her to stop. Her ridiculous charges of racism are an assault on the rule of law, an attempt to claim that members of Congress should be exempted from the security hassles us mere mortals have to endure.

The problem with "Jihad Cindy" isn't her race, it's that she's an arrogant spoiled brat, as I explained six weeks ago:
Nobody with any sense has ever taken McKinney seriously -- she only got a seat in Congress because her father, Billy McKinney, was a big Democratic power-broker in Atlanta -- but you get the feeling that one of these days she's bound do something that will be an even bigger embarassment for Democrats than her ties to radical Islam.
And now she's done exactly that. (Kind of prophetic, wasn't I?) If she wants to fight the Capitol Police in court, then the video of her slamming that policeman becomes a matter of public record, and Bill O'Reilly's huge audience will be watching that incident replayed over, and over, and over ... Hey, what is it now, 7 months until Election Day?

-- McCAIN

DON SURBER points out that BASIL mentions that there's actually a "Cynthia McKinney Parkway" in Atlanta. (Picture here.) It's a stretch of Memorial Drive. I'm biting my tongue.

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