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Cynthia: the Sequel? (The McKinney story from a Dems' view?)
The Green[e]house Effect ^ | 8.28.02 | Greg Greene

Posted on 08/28/2002 7:39:34 AM PDT by mhking

I have no intention of turning this into a single-issue blog. But . . .

Some careful observers found an odd note over the weekend on Cynthia McKinney's campaign site. It read:

Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is going through all the letters and e-mails asking her to continue the struggle, to run again, to run for the US Senate. Shortly, there will be an announcement on this button -- more to come.
That cryptic message sparked plenty of talk come yesterday, as you might expect, about the smackdown Zell Miller would put on her -- with relish -- if she tried. But if you read the note again, you might notice something.

She didn't say anything about skipping the Senate race in 2002.

Georgia Democrats were counting on Cynthia -- why, I don't know -- to boost black turnout come the general election in November, when Sen. Max Cleland (D) leads the ballot. Well, now she's toast, and when she needed help this summer, most state Democrats were too busy raising money or making tee times to bother.

So Cynthia's an angry woman. [Not that she wasn't plenty angry already.] And she has two assets to her name: time on her hands, and an ego to feed.

With a write-in campaign, she could make use of both -- and torpedo Democrats' chances of holding the Senate in the process.

The GOP already has Cleland in its sights as one of the senators it wants to take down. The Bush administration handpicked a candidate, Rep. Saxby Chambliss, and festooned him with cash and endorsements before the primary campaign even started. [Bushes, brushing off the will of the voters -- gosh, never heard that one before.] Cleland's approval ratings beat 60 percent, but pundits expect the Republicans to wallpaper the state with radio and TV ads to get their man into office.

Suppose Cynthia, heartened by those calls and e-mails she mentioned, decides to take to V103 one September morning and jump into the race. Who does she hurt? Well, Republicans deserted their own primary last week for the chance to toss McKinney out on her ear. Don't expect a sudden groundswell of love there.

Cleland, on the other hand, thought he needed all those McKinney voters come November to help him out. What if some of those McKinney voters -- 20 percent, maybe -- show up to vote for her?

Then those votes come directly out of Cleland's hide, that's what. In a close race -- and putting Cleland's popularity and heroic personal history aside, most everyone expects a close race -- those votes will count.

McKinney won about 50,000 votes last week. A one-fifth swing to McKinney in the general election would cost Cleland 10,000 votes -- and that only covers votes in McKinney's former district. We haven't even gotten to the 4 million other residents of the Atlanta media market.

In 1996, Cleland won by only 30,000 votes.

Making matters worse, Georgia's Democrat-controlled state government eliminated runoffs for statewide general election candidates after Sen. Wyche Fowler (D) lost his seat in late 1992. If Cleland falls even a whisker behind Chambliss, it won't matter whether Chambliss hasn't edged his share of the vote above 50 percent. He'll win anyway.

Considering that McKinney promised in her concession speech that "[she] will not help the Republicans," the irony here is so thick you could chew it. Running a kamikaze campaign against Cleland would help Republicans get the one thing they most dearly want: control of the Congress. Yet McKinney is so blunderingly self-absorbed that she just might plow ahead anyway.

For the sake of the party, she'd best not do that. Cynthia, from one Democrat to another: sit down and shut up.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: electionstealing; mckinney
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Yes, I know he's a Dim, and an unapologetic one at that, but this is one fascinating piece...
1 posted on 08/28/2002 7:39:34 AM PDT by mhking
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2 posted on 08/28/2002 7:40:28 AM PDT by mhking
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To: mhking
Where can I send her some money for her 2002 write-in effort? I think we should all join in and encourage her to participate. She has something to offer. The Congress shouldn't be without her unique voice. Ect. ahem.
3 posted on 08/28/2002 7:43:27 AM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: mhking
Considering that McKinney promised in her concession speech that "[she] will not help the Republicans," the irony here is so thick you could chew it.

Doesn’t anybody know the correct definition of “irony” any more?

It does not mean “everything that is interesting or odd.”

Curse you, Alanis Morrisette!

4 posted on 08/28/2002 7:45:10 AM PDT by dead
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To: mhking
I wish she would ;but she won't.
5 posted on 08/28/2002 7:53:22 AM PDT by jmaroneps37
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To: mhking
What's funny about this is the DUmmies and wacko RATS wont shut up about Cynthia. This is the same WE WUZ ROBBED mentality in action they scream about regarding Gore but infinitely further full of fury. They just don't get it that their brand of hatred and race baiting wont fly anymore and to hell with anyone that does not agree with them.

It's all good for us.
6 posted on 08/28/2002 7:53:24 AM PDT by finnman69
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To: dead
Doesn’t anybody know the correct definition of “irony” any more?

Now, now. You can't criticize professional writers for their lack of ability with the English language. We must make allowances for journalists. We can't expect them to put together a proper sentence!

7 posted on 08/28/2002 8:15:26 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: mhking
This guy ate one too many mushrooms before sitting down to his computer.
8 posted on 08/28/2002 8:17:23 AM PDT by What Is Ain't
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To: 3AngelaD
WRITE-IN MCKINNEY, WRITE-IN MCKINNEY!!!!

Let's all email her and urge, no demand, that she run as a write-in candidate. And butter it up in the process.

WRITE-IN MCKINNEY, WRITE-IN MCKINNEY

9 posted on 08/28/2002 8:52:19 AM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: mhking
Heh, heh,heh. Don't it make your day????
10 posted on 08/28/2002 8:55:42 AM PDT by Marysecretary
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To: mhking
Obiously a Democrat. Therefore, anything he says is a fake, double-fake, triple-fake, etc.

Dismiss with extreme prejudice.

11 posted on 08/28/2002 9:01:03 AM PDT by Illbay
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To: Marysecretary
Don't it make your day????

I didn't know that the Cleland vote was that close! It makes me feel less pessimistic about Chambliss' chances in November. I had pretty much written that seat off for now.

I never thought I'd hear myself say these words, but Jihad Cynthia trying to do something now wouldn't....be....so....bad....

You don't know just how hard it was to write that... But I have to think of the greater good - i.e., getting a majority back in the Senate...

12 posted on 08/28/2002 9:08:57 AM PDT by mhking
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To: finnman69
Announcement: In order to reduce the long lines at the polling places, the Election Commission has asked that Republicans and Libertarians vote on Tuesday, and that Democrats and Greens vote on Wednesday.
13 posted on 08/28/2002 9:13:22 AM PDT by steve-b
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To: Marysecretary; mhking; 3AngelaD; jmaroneps37; finnman69; LiteKeeper; Illbay
Making matters worse, Georgia's Democrat-controlled state government eliminated runoffs for statewide general election candidates after Sen. Wyche Fowler (D) lost his seat in late 1992. If Cleland falls even a whisker behind Chambliss, it won't matter whether Chambliss hasn't edged his share of the vote above 50 percent. He'll win anyway.

Sorry, wrong answer. Here's the truth:

After Coverdell's election in 1992 the Democrat-controlled legislature reduced the threshold for triggering a runoff. The top candidate can now win in the general election with 45 percent of the vote rather than 50 percent.

14 posted on 08/28/2002 9:23:47 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative
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To: GraniteStateConservative
The top candidate can now win in the general election with 45 percent of the vote rather than 50 percent.

I keep picturing Tom Murphy's ancient, decrepit form running through the house chamber at the end of each session and I cringe.

I hope Chambliss can do something; I pray Chambliss can do something. Anything.

15 posted on 08/28/2002 9:31:24 AM PDT by mhking
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To: mhking
I'm still laughing over the J-O-O-Os comment.
16 posted on 08/28/2002 9:35:57 AM PDT by gilor
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To: mhking
On (I believe it was) Monday's show, Boortz pledged a $1000 campaign contribution, the maximum allowed by law, to a "McKinney for Senate" write-in campaign.

Run, Cyndy, Run!!

17 posted on 08/28/2002 9:37:20 AM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: mhking
Gadzooks. I hope she DOES run as a write-in candidate. What fun! She is mean enough to do it just for spite, I think. Certainly the Dems abandoned her (says something about her that she was too far out in left field even for the national Democratic party), so maybe she'll be mad enough. If we toss her daddy in the 44th, maybe he'll help too.

On the other hand, this writer is generally full of it. To call Cleland "heroic" when he had an accident with a hand grenade nowhere near the action, is either stupid or a deliberate lie. (Cleland has, to my knowledge, never misrepresented his military service, but he keeps quiet and lets other people do it for him.) Certainly he has shown great courage in adapting to life with a severe physical handicap, but on the other hand he was largely incapacitated by sleep apnea for years (sleeping through meetings etc.), is not particularly bright, and votes lockstep liberal with the national Democratic party. Not all in all a good senator for Georgia. Persistence in the face of adversity, alone, does not make up for all his other shortcomings.

18 posted on 08/28/2002 9:50:54 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother
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To: FreedomPoster
HAHAHAHAHA!!! YES, run Kabul Cindy, run! Take votes from Cleland!
19 posted on 08/28/2002 10:28:09 AM PDT by Jen
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To: mhking
Yeahhh, let's watch them destroy themselves. It feels sooo good when that happens. Her daddy needs a spanking, too!
20 posted on 08/28/2002 10:33:27 AM PDT by Marysecretary
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To: floriduh voter; PhiKapMom
Ping for defeating Daschle in November! Run Cynthia run!
21 posted on 08/28/2002 10:40:31 AM PDT by GmbyMan
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To: RobFromGa; Guillermo; viligantcitizen; Phoenix44; "Be not afraid!"; dansangel; .45MAN; ...
Now that I have my ping list - read the main, and perhaps my #17 above. ;-)
22 posted on 08/28/2002 1:11:10 PM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: FreedomPoster
I sent this and other "Cindy" related links out this morning, and will do so as long as she won't stay quiet.

I hoped she'd fade away gracefully, but if not, I'll keep pounding on the subject. Let people get a bellyfull of these bigots.

23 posted on 08/28/2002 1:31:03 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: mhking
Run ForrestCynthia, Run.
24 posted on 08/28/2002 1:34:13 PM PDT by copycat
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To: ClearCase_guy
As Bill Shatner said in Airplane II, "Irony can be pretty ironic."
25 posted on 08/28/2002 1:36:18 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mhking
Don't you have to be able to write to write-in?
26 posted on 08/28/2002 1:40:15 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: FreedomPoster
I would probably donate money for this as well. I'd use my real name though, which is:
Robik Muhammed el Georgiastan (aka RobFromGa)
27 posted on 08/28/2002 2:09:14 PM PDT by RobFromGa
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To: FreedomPoster
The media is saying that Cindy is out of the country.... I SURE would love to know where she went, wouldn't you?
28 posted on 08/28/2002 2:37:40 PM PDT by Apple Pan Dowdy
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To: RobFromGa
Wouldn't that be Rob the Prophet from Georgia? ;-)
29 posted on 08/28/2002 2:42:54 PM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: RobFromGa
LOL Rob..... you are cracking me up!

I said it yesterday and I'll say it again... seriously we should do an email Freep encouraging McKinney to run a write-in (use untraceable email addresses, AOL and hotmail and all that)

30 posted on 08/28/2002 2:45:15 PM PDT by Apple Pan Dowdy
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To: mhking
Since when is Cleland's persoanl history "heroic"???????
31 posted on 08/28/2002 3:57:27 PM PDT by Guillermo
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To: Plutarch
Haha, good point!
32 posted on 08/28/2002 3:58:30 PM PDT by Guillermo
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To: dead
Well, she said she will not help Republicans but if she has a write-in campaign and helps Republicans by doing that, isn't that ironic/irony?
33 posted on 08/28/2002 4:40:03 PM PDT by hattend
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To: hattend
No, it's not ironic.

It's lying.

34 posted on 08/28/2002 4:57:29 PM PDT by dead
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To: FreedomPoster
I hope she does run.. SHe would help just the people that she is against.......
35 posted on 08/29/2002 12:33:13 AM PDT by .45MAN
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To: mhking; FreedomPoster
"Cynthia, from one Democrat to another: sit down and shut up."

Fascinating, indeed! I had to sit back for a moment and take it in (and pick my jaw up off the floor!). And here all along I thought she was the "darling" of the Dims.

It makes sense in a strange, convoluted way. It's just going to take me a while to shift gears from "Bye Bye Kabul Cindy" to "Run, Cindy, Run."

Wow....

36 posted on 08/29/2002 4:00:47 AM PDT by dansangel
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To: RobFromGa
"Robik Muhammed el Georgiastan (aka RobFromGa)"

LOL...I almost inhaled my morning coffee!!

37 posted on 08/29/2002 4:03:27 AM PDT by dansangel
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To: mhking
Cynthia won't run. She knows what would happen to her if she cost the Dims control of the Senate.
38 posted on 08/29/2002 6:15:50 AM PDT by SauronOfMordor
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she doesnt know any better though, shes a foolhardy idiot. ever notice that there are NO pictures of her with her mouth closed? i wish she would run... itd be like Quail/Bush, only the excrement would be on their side of the fence for once.
39 posted on 08/29/2002 1:16:45 PM PDT by MacDorcha
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To: mhking
Cleland, on the other hand, thought he needed all those McKinney voters come November to help him out. What if some of those McKinney voters -- 20 percent, maybe -- show up to vote for her?

Then those votes come directly out of Cleland's hide, that's what. In a close race -- and putting Cleland's popularity and heroic personal history aside, most everyone expects a close race -- those votes will count.

I think Georgia has a law requiring a US Senate candidate get at least 50% +1 vote in the general election to be elected outright to the Senate seat. If there is no candidate with a majority in the general election in November, there is a run off a month or so later. Paul Coverdale beat incumbent Senator Wyche Fowler in the run off in 1992 after coming in second in the general election. That law really made the DemcRATS mad. Ralf Nader and Common Cause challenged its constitutionality but lost their case.

40 posted on 08/29/2002 1:24:59 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: SauronOfMordor
Cynthia won't run. She knows what would happen to her if she cost the Dims control of the Senate.

Arkancide?

41 posted on 08/29/2002 1:27:43 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: dead
The word "coincidentally" is crumbling into dust from lack of use....
42 posted on 08/31/2002 9:19:11 AM PDT by stands2reason
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To: mhking; All
A united district canned McKinney

43 posted on 08/31/2002 9:22:14 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: MacDorcha
ever notice that there are NO pictures of her with her mouth closed?

Yeah, you're right....

BTW, Welcome to Free Republic! :-)

44 posted on 08/31/2002 9:27:00 AM PDT by stands2reason
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To: dead
>> Doesn?t anybody know the correct definition of ?irony? any more?

It does not mean ?everything that is interesting or odd.?

Curse you, Alanis Morrisette!

One comedian (I can't recall his name) assessed Morrisette's song "Ironic" this way...

Morrisette sings "It's like rain on your wedding day" and about how you wait your whole life to fly and the day you do, the plane crashes...This isn't irony...It's BAD LUCK. I think the only thing ironic is that she sings a song called Ironic and she doesn't know what irony is.

45 posted on 08/31/2002 9:42:23 AM PDT by Wondervixen
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To: dead
This does fit the 3rd definition of irony according to Webster's Online Collegiate Dictionary.

To wit:
incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result (2) : an event or result marked by such incongruity b : incongruity between a situation developed in a drama and the accompanying words or actions that is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play -- called also dramatic irony, tragic irony.

In cynthia's case, I posit that, it is ignorant, dramatic and tragic irony. Should Chambliss win because of it, that would be sweet irony....priceless in fact.

46 posted on 08/31/2002 10:21:55 AM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou
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To: dead
This does fit the 3rd definition of irony according to Webster's Online Collegiate Dictionary.

To wit:
incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result (2) : an event or result marked by such incongruity b : incongruity between a situation developed in a drama and the accompanying words or actions that is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play -- called also dramatic irony, tragic irony.

In cynthia's case, I posit that, it is ignorant, dramatic and tragic irony. Should Chambliss win because of it, that would be sweet irony....priceless in fact.

Grrr. Tag closed. Sorry for the mess.

47 posted on 08/31/2002 10:23:37 AM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
I guess it comes down to what you believe to be Cynthia's motivation. If she does run, she will do it for spite, with full knowledge that it will hurt the Dems. There is no irony in that but it will be sweet to watch.
48 posted on 08/31/2002 12:06:24 PM PDT by dead
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To: mhking

Cynthia, from one Democrat to another: sit down and shut up.
= = = =

He's obviously talking about a wild haired, grandiose, science fiction, dream-the-impossible-dream, red sea parting miracle FANTASY! LOL.

Even when she's had her considerable rear end aligned and plunked on a chair, she was STILL STANDING UP SCREAMING inside . . . and when possible, outside.

I'm not sure the creature has sat down and shut up truly since she started wailing at birth.

She comes across to me as a gentetic, chronic and addicted standup-screamer-to-the-max and begins to suffer oxygen deprevation if she feels restricted on such actions.


49 posted on 08/02/2006 4:11:40 PM PDT by Quix (LET GOD ARISE AND HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED. LET ISRAEL CALL ON GOD AS THEIRS! & ISLAM FLUSH ITSELF)
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To: LiteKeeper

WRITE-IN MCKINNEY, WRITE-IN MCKINNEY
= = = =

Of course, written in the required neon orange and fushia.


50 posted on 08/02/2006 4:13:39 PM PDT by Quix (LET GOD ARISE AND HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED. LET ISRAEL CALL ON GOD AS THEIRS! & ISLAM FLUSH ITSELF)
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