Here we go: Cynthia McKinney is running for Congress again

A tough slog for Democrats in Georgia may be getting even tougher, thanks to one of their old friends: Cynthia McKinney has filed paperwork to run for Congress in Georgia’s 4th District as a member of the Green Party.

The incumbent, Hank “capsized Guam” Johnson, has made more than his fair share of gaffes since defeating McKinney in 2006 and entering Congress. But compared to her, he’s a statesman of the highest order.

Still, it took a runoff for Johnson to beat her in that year’s primary, and even then she won 41 percent of the vote. This will be a general election, and 41 percent of the Democratic vote would be enough to keep Johnson from winning a majority. The GOP candidate last time out, Liz Carter, won 25 percent against Johnson. Neither she nor any other Republican will win this heavily Democratic district. But the GOP candidate will get enough votes to make it tough for Johnson to beat McKinney — or (shudder) vice-versa — without a runoff. McKinney would need just a quarter of the vote, or about one-third of those who usually vote for Democrats.

Now, I would still put Johnson as the favorite in the race. But if McKinney gets any traction at all, Georgia Democrats will have to put into the 4th District resources that normally could be used elsewhere. As you may recall, Georgia Democrats aren’t exactly flush with money to begin with. The Republican in the 4th District might not have a shot at winning the race, but he or she, along with McKinney, might be able to make the Democrats sweat over a safe seat — the loss of which would be just plain humiliating.

Speaking of humiliating, a word of advice for the Green Party: If you want most Americans to think your party belongs anywhere near the mainstream of politics, stop associating with the likes of McKinney. Latching onto her, in the belief that bad name ID is better than no name ID, is more humiliating for you than you may realize.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

April 23rd, 2012
5:46 pm

Pure entertainment. Can’t wait.

md

April 23rd, 2012
5:50 pm

“in spite of a substantial and very convincing consensus”

It wasn’t too long ago that the “consensus” of scientists was that one could only get aids through sexual contact………whoopsie.

And before that, the consensus was that the Earth was flat……………….

And many many boo boos in between.

Real Athens

April 23rd, 2012
5:51 pm

““wind has gone from the sails of climate study”

HaHa. Someone works in an Eckerd’s and has a garden and that make them a climatologist.

Titans of Industry like T. Boone Pickens have bet the farm on Wind Generation and Natural Gas production. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire-Hathaway made it’s largest acquisition ever in 2009 — the second largest railroad in the U.S.. Some Bill Gates’ largest holdings are in Berkshire, Canadian National Railway, hydro and wind and algae-yield green crude. Grid-connected solar photovoltaics is the fastest growing energy technology in the world. Ontario is currently leading the way in North America with this comprehensive renewable energy incentive. In two years, China has overtaken the west in the manufacture of solar panels.

Here is America, the vast majority of environmental skeptics, often identified as independent, are directly linked to politically oriented, conservative think tanks. A whole “industry of denial” has funded this bogus science since the the beginning of this century.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2006/sep/19/ethicalliving.g2

Smeat

April 23rd, 2012
5:55 pm

Climate Change in a blog about about the lunatic moonbat trying to stage a comeback???

Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ-4gnNz0vc

md

April 23rd, 2012
6:00 pm

“Sort of like 6 years of total republican rule at the national level?”

Never been a fan of one party dominance………neither side seems to understand that a lot of us don’t want their entire “mandate” shoved down our throats. But, if I had to live under one or the other, I’ll take the party that doesn’t enable the population………..enabling is a disease, not a cure.

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 23rd, 2012
6:03 pm

“Grid-connected solar photovoltaics is the fastest growing energy technology in the world.”

Well, considering all other forms of energy-producing technology has been hammered into thinking they’re no good, it’s not surprising that something else would be considered “fastest-growing”. When your market penetration goes from .1% to .2%, the doubling of your market penetration might be considered fastest growing, yet your industry would still be considered insignificant.

Ray

April 23rd, 2012
6:03 pm

She did absolutely nothing for Dekalb in her years in congress and will not be re-elected.I put her in the same light at the birthers on the right. This is a non story.

MarkV

April 23rd, 2012
6:09 pm

“wind has gone from the sails of climate study”

No wind has gone from the sails of climate study. The notion that the global warming “has stalled” and therefore it is no longer a problem shows incredible ignorance. There were many periods in the past 100 years when the warming “has stalled,” often for longer periods than 10 years, and still the trend is one of warming and in agreement with the carbon dioxide levels. Certainly there are other effects that may temporarily cool down the earth. A decade is nothing in planetary life. But anybody who examines such data as Antarctica ice variation, Greenland ice variation and sea level changes can see that there has been no “stalling.”

http://climate.nasa.gov/keyIndicators/index.cfm#globalTemp

md

April 23rd, 2012
6:11 pm

I used to post that age old question about students to my friends on the left:

Should a student that studies 24/7 and does no partying and makes A’s have to share those grades with a student that chooses to party 24/7 and does no studying and makes F’s??

They never had a good response…….and now it seems the 99% don’t like the idea either:

http://cnsnews.com/blog/ron-meyer/students-sign-petition-redistribute-gpas-some-are-too-greedy-lower-their-grades

Barry Obama, community organizer

April 23rd, 2012
6:15 pm

When in doubt, just blame Bush !

As they might say in da ‘hood, “fo mo years” !

milesarcher33

April 23rd, 2012
6:20 pm

She was a fine Congresswoman who really connected with her people!!! I’m glad she’s running and I hope she wins!!!

md

April 23rd, 2012
6:25 pm

I think she connected with a DC cop too…….right??

GT

April 23rd, 2012
6:27 pm

No more radical than your tea party. I guess you don’t see it when it is your own. I just as assume neither win and we get some normal back, but Cynthia is one person, your crazies come in larger numbers.

Mary Elizabeth

April 23rd, 2012
6:32 pm

Dirty Dawg, 2:36 pm

“Now let’s look at it from another perspective. Seems to me that what she said in response to a question about 9/11 was that there was likely more to be known about what was ‘known’ about everything associated with that horrible day and that it should be investigated to uncover it.”
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Dirty Dawg, I compliment your courage in stating your point-of-view, even if it varies from popular opinion. We need those people, like Cynthia McKinney, in society who have the courage to ask the uncomfortable, unpopular questions. I am reminded of those who asked for a more thorough investigation into President John Kennedy’s assassination. Even today, as described in the book, “Family of Secrets,” questions still linger regarding JFK’s assassination. At least, in our nation, the hard questions can be posed openly, and are not forced to be hidden or buried.

Without the hard questions, truth never emerges. Most do no want to stand apart from the crowd to ask those questions. McKinney has the courage to do that – whatever else one may think of her political leanings. I, also, want to compliment you for attempting to see her as a multilayered human being, as we all are, instead of simply a caricature.

Real Athens

April 23rd, 2012
6:35 pm

Tibby@6:03 So, given your reply my statement would still be true and yours would be … a straw man argument?

Real Athens

April 23rd, 2012
6:38 pm

md@5:50

It wasn’t too long ago that the “consensus” of the conservative right (Falwell, Robertson and Reagan) was that one could only get aids through homosexual contact………whoopsie.

And before that, the consensus (of the Catholic church and inbred kings and queens of Europe was that the Earth was flat……………….

There, fixed your boo boos

Smeat

April 23rd, 2012
6:39 pm

Okay… I’ve been gone from this ajc blogosphere for a few months because typing seems as useless as comments like the one delivered by md at 6pm.

Here is the quote verbatim, “But, if I had to live under one or the other, I’ll take the party that doesn’t enable the population………..enabling is a disease, not a cure.”

md — You are a Facist. Perhaps a Nazi or maybe even a Communist but certainly the enemy of a free republic. I respect your right to speak in this public forum, (blog), however you belong in North Korea or Cuba my comrade.

Anyone who would suggest that unpopular speech should be suppressed, even silenced, has no Effing idea of what it’s like to live under duress in a Marxist governmental system.

I equate wannabe Marxists with wannabee Satanists…. Cling to your utopia…. When you regret your decision you should expect no quarter from those who denounced you and your fantasy world…. Frankly, on a personal note, When the stuff hits the fan and you’re on your own, I will still welcome you into safety but YOU will disarm and comply or YOU will end up as gator bait

MY ADVICE — Keep clinging on to the George Soros, Messianic, One World Government concept where only Leftists can and should survive ….

My hope is that since Anthony Weiner has left the building that perhaps Alan Colmes or Debbie Wasserman Schultz will keep talking. Uhhhhhhhh….. Where are Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank these days?……

DEFEAT OBAMA IN 2012 !!!!

Obama will be in North Carolina tomorrow where John Edwards, former presidential candidate, is on trial for a shameful thing he did while his wife was dying from cancer plus the sex scandal regarding the head of the Democrat party in NC……..

What will Dear Leader espouse ???

I can only wait with baited breath….

md

April 23rd, 2012
6:47 pm

As for that consensus:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2055191/Scientists-said-climate-change-sceptics-proved-wrong-accused-hiding-truth-colleague.html

Notice the flat temps over a decade while co2 has continued to go up………logic dictates if co2 was the culprit, temps would have a direct correlation.

Aquagirl

April 23rd, 2012
6:49 pm

We need those people, like Cynthia McKinney, in society who have the courage to ask the uncomfortable, unpopular questions.

No, we do not need sitting members of Congress to accuse the president of mass murder based on their moonbat ideas. That’s not courage, that’s opening your pie-hole without engaging your brain. Not that she has one.

If Ms. McKinney doesn’t want to be treated as a caricature her first step would be not to act as one.

md

April 23rd, 2012
6:52 pm

Nice long post there Smeat…..not too sure what you are rambling about, but it seems you missed the bullseye.

If one is not sure of what “enabling” is in reference to, one would be well served to ask…….

Enabling, as in giving to the addicted……rewarding bad choices…….etc

Now, try it again.

saywhat?

April 23rd, 2012
6:54 pm

Should a student that studies 24/7 and does no partying and makes A’s have to share those grades with a student that chooses to party 24/7 and does no studying and makes F’s??
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Thats a stupid question overflowing with false equivalency, but what the heck, I’ll play.

Q: Should a student who barely studies but still gets A’s because their family donated a new science building to the university, or because they are the Dean’s son, or a member of a varsity athletic team have to share those grades with the guy who only studies 12/7 because he works another 30 hours a week to pay for school and so only manages B’s?

A: Of course not, because its still a stupid question, though framed this way, it is alot closer to the arguments coming from the left..

md

April 23rd, 2012
6:54 pm

RA…….good try, but fail. It was consensus within the entire scientific community…….the religious blow hards just amplified what suited their agendas.

And I’m an agnostic by the way………

md

April 23rd, 2012
6:57 pm

“Anyone who would suggest that unpopular speech should be suppressed, even silenced, has no Effing idea of what it’s like to live under duress in a Marxist governmental system.”

And for the life of me, I’m scratching my head hard as to where I said anything like that in my 6pm…..too funny.

Real Athens

April 23rd, 2012
6:57 pm

Yeah, as for that logic …

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2006/sep/19/ethicalliving.g2

“This is not to claim that all the science these groups champion is bogus. On the whole, they use selection, not invention. They will find one contradictory study – such as the discovery of tropospheric cooling, which, in a garbled form – and promote it relentlessly. They will continue to do so long after it has been disproved by further work. So, for example, John Christy, the author of the troposphere paper, admitted in August 2005 that his figures were incorrect, yet his initial findings are still being circulated and championed by many of these groups, as a quick internet search will show you.

But they do not stop there. The chairman of a group called the Science and Environmental Policy Project is Frederick Seitz. Seitz is a physicist who in the 1960s was president of the US National Academy of Sciences. In 1998, he wrote a document, known as the Oregon Petition, which has been cited by almost every journalist who claims that climate change is a myth.”

“It was printed in the font and format of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: the journal of the organisation of which Seitz – as he had just reminded his correspondents – was once president.
Soon after the petition was published, the National Academy of Sciences released this statement: ‘The NAS Council would like to make it clear that this petition has nothing to do with the National Academy of Sciences and that the manuscript was not published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences or in any other peer-reviewed journal. The petition does not reflect the conclusions of expert reports of the Academy.’

From the same source no less

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 23rd, 2012
6:58 pm

If global warming is such a big deal, why has the Messiah done nothing about it?

MarkV

April 23rd, 2012
6:58 pm

md @6:47 pm: “Notice the flat temps over a decade while co2 has continued to go up………logic dictates if co2 was the culprit, temps would have a direct correlation.”

Neither logic, nor science dictate anything like that.

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 23rd, 2012
7:00 pm

Real Athens, I’m just pointing out that cheering that you’re the tallest of the midgets doesn’t make you a pro basketball player.

saywhat?

April 23rd, 2012
7:00 pm

“Neither logic, nor science dictate anything like that.”
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Ahhhhhhhhh, but right wing denier piffle DOES!

md

April 23rd, 2012
7:01 pm

And say what does exactly what the others all did…….rephrase the question because they didn’t want to answer the first one.

It’s too hard to face the truth of the reality. He throws up an exception vs the norm and hangs his case on it. Just like in real life, we choose everything we do…….and choices have consequences.

saywhat?

April 23rd, 2012
7:02 pm

If the national debt and out of control spending is such a big deal, why didn’t W the Messiah and his republican apostles do anything about it for the six years they held total control ?

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 23rd, 2012
7:04 pm

“McKinney has the courage to do that – whatever else one may think of her political leanings. I, also, want to compliment you for attempting to see her as a multilayered human being, as we all are, instead of simply a caricature.”

Sorry, but it doesn’t take courage to flap your gums and spout unfounded nonsense, nor do multiple layers of dumb make you anything but dumb.

saywhat?

April 23rd, 2012
7:04 pm

md, when did you stop beating your wife, or have you yet? Would you like to answer that question without rephrasing it?

Smeat

April 23rd, 2012
7:04 pm

blogging on the ajc is like urinating into a 200mph hurricane wind.

the host will only let you speak when it creates drama or shifts away from the topic of the blog.

wingfield is almost as bad as bob barr.

bock, bock, bock…. i didn’t use any vulgar words or insults but i get censored.

so much for the first amendment….

Real Athens

April 23rd, 2012
7:04 pm

md@6:54 PM

You’re high on glue — the consensus (in the real world) was it was a blood borne disease transmitted primarily through sexual contact — key phrase: blood borne.

Agnostic? HA! That’s a Christian who wants to live a salacious lifestyle and cover all the bases … just in case. It’s kind of like Calvin’s Doctrine of Predestination.

md

April 23rd, 2012
7:05 pm

“Neither logic, nor science dictate anything like that.”

Interesting considering the entire man-made portion of the argument hinges on the output of co2……so, are you now saying co2 plays no part, or that you have no clue what part co2 now plays??

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 23rd, 2012
7:06 pm

“If the national debt and out of control spending is such a big deal, why didn’t W the Messiah and his republican apostles do anything about it for the six years they held total control ?”

Well, saywhat, the difference is that, unlike our current friends on the left side of the aisle, Republicans at least acknowledge they made a mistake. Democrats doubled-down and not only repeated the mistake, but accelerated it.

md

April 23rd, 2012
7:07 pm

“md, when did you stop beating your wife, or have you yet? Would you like to answer that question without rephrasing it?”

More deflection……good try. Why do you try so hard to discredit those that put more effort into their education??? You act like it never happens when in reality, it happens every single day……….

MarkV

April 23rd, 2012
7:07 pm

md @6:47 pm: “Notice the flat temps over a decade while co2 has continued to go up………logic dictates if co2 was the culprit, temps would have a direct correlation.”

Neither logic, nor science dictates anything like that. It would assume that carbon dioxide levels are the only causes of temperature change. While the continuous increase in the carbon dioxide levels is the continuous effect, there are other, temporary effects. To name just a few, volcanic activity and variations in the irradiance of the sun.

Real Athens

April 23rd, 2012
7:08 pm

Tibby:

Thanks for lifting me ever higher … another straw man retort. I’m truly “standing on the shoulders of giants”.

md

April 23rd, 2012
7:10 pm

“You’re high on glue — the consensus (in the real world) was it was a blood borne disease transmitted primarily through sexual contact — key phrase: blood borne.”

Almost correct…….originally, the term “primarily” was “only”. The terms changed as scientists had more evidence……….imagine that.

Science is what we think we know as of today……….

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 23rd, 2012
7:10 pm

Smeat, understand this one thing: The 1st Amendment only applies to government-protected free speech. It does NOT apply to private industry. And since you’re trying to make a point on a private industry blog, you are subject to the rules of those who own the blog.

Quit whining, be civil, and learn and follow the rules.

Smeat

April 23rd, 2012
7:11 pm

I’ll bite —-

The Ancient Aliens are responsible for the last Ice Age.

Dang them…. It took a long time for the Earth to recover……

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 23rd, 2012
7:13 pm

md, it appears the the proponents of “man-made global warming” are trying to distance themselves from the “man-made” portion based on today’s comments.

Smeat

April 23rd, 2012
7:16 pm

Tibby Baby — Understand this…..

I understand the ajc website far better than you might think….

Wingfield is a Censormonger…. Always has been since he landed this gig.

You’re proud of being banned by Jay?? … Dang dude… After 6 years he still ain’t banned me….

Kyle is chicken to let folks really speak…… Jay is 1000% more accepting of different opinions.

md

April 23rd, 2012
7:18 pm

“Neither logic, nor science dictates anything like that. It would assume that carbon dioxide levels are the only causes of temperature change. While the continuous increase in the carbon dioxide levels is the continuous effect, there are other, temporary effects. To name just a few, volcanic activity and variations in the irradiance of the sun.”

And we have no clue if those other effects are “temporary” or cyclical……do we?

We are operating off data that is a mere fraction of the earth’s age and using our “educated guesses” to supplement what we don’t know. I don’t know about you, but I find that a bit asinine.

How do we come to a conclusion when we have no idea what the major variable is??

The truth is…..we guess. We try to make it an educated guess, but a guess non the less.

Aquagirl

April 23rd, 2012
7:20 pm

.originally, the term “primarily” was “only”. The terms changed as scientists had more evidence……….imagine that.

So were you a member of the scientific community? If not, your recollections of what they said via mass media are pretty much worthless. What you read in Time or Newsweek is not scientific discourse. Some reporter calls a doctor for a quote and that’s what ends up in the story.

But then you’re citing the Daily Mail as science, so I’m not surprised you have a skewed sense of what’s going on in the world. Does Reese Witherspoon’s baby bump have an opinion on the atmospheric changes? Find out in today’s Daily Mail!

md

April 23rd, 2012
7:22 pm

“The Ancient Aliens are responsible for the last Ice Age.”

And a real scientist would not discount that possibility………as we know so much about the universe…..especially the part we will never see……

Tiberius - Banned from Bookman's and proud of it!

April 23rd, 2012
7:22 pm

Sorry, Smeat, but the facts do not bear out your contention regarding our host. He is far more engaging and pleasant than Jay ever is, and points out his disagreements with actual facts AND context – something Bookman has a tenuous relationship with.

Smeat

April 23rd, 2012
7:24 pm

…… Sigh……. Whatever y’all.

You can’t fix stupid…..

Aquagirl

April 23rd, 2012
7:27 pm

Sorry, Smeat, but the facts do not bear out your contention regarding our host.

I have personally insulted Kyle’s hair and haven’t been banned. Yet. :)