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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Hillbilly D

April 23rd, 2012
7:27 pm

Speaking of T Boone Pickens, there’s something I’ve noticed about him. I actually think there is a lot of merit in his idea to convert trucks and autos to natural gas but I don’t think his motives are quite so pure as he’d have us believe. When he floated this idea the first time, he made a great deal of show about how he “didn’t need any more money, he had all the money he’d ever need”. But that was when gas prices were up in the $3.50-4.00 range. When that speculative bubble burst and the price started back down, he quieted down and you didn’t hear much about it. Then here we were a few years later and prices start back up again and all of a sudden he’s back with his idea. Gas prices are giving the appearance of heading down again and if they do, I’m betting he’ll get quiet again. Like I said, I believe it’s actually a pretty good idea, the main problem would be getting a fueling system network up and going, converting the cars and trucks dates back at least 40 years, that I can remember and probably longer than that. I don’t think he’s doing it for the altruistic reasons he claims, though; he’s doing it to make money. Nothing wrong with that but he’s just being a salesman.

Anytime anybody comes up with an idea, we need to explore the idea but we also need to ask ourselves, what’s in it for the person who came up with the idea.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 23rd, 2012
7:27 pm

saywhat?
April 23rd, 2012
7:02 pm

If the national debt and out of control spending is such a big deal, why didn’t [our President Bush]and his Republican [Congress] do anything about it for the six years they held total control ?
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Good question. Here’s a better one–are we going to fix Obozo’s disastrous, unprecedented trillion dollar deficits, or continue what he and, to a much lesser degree, his predecessors, have been doing as regards the budget?

md

April 23rd, 2012
7:28 pm

“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.”

Google is your find………that was just one of many references to the same data. Try it sometime, it may help your shortsightedness…….it’s all out there, all one has to do is look for it.

And if one wants to include doctors in that scientific consensus, I know mine assured me there was only one way to get aids……..maybe he was watching the wrong news channel.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 23rd, 2012
7:31 pm

I disagree. The merit of an idea is independent of the motives of its progenitor(s).

Bullet County

April 23rd, 2012
7:32 pm

Kyle, This makes as much sense as Newton Leroy or Cain or Bachman or Perry or Santorium or Romney or Paul or Trump running for POTUS.

Smeat

April 23rd, 2012
7:37 pm

Aquagirl – Kyle’s hair might be considered a misdemeanor in certain jurisdictions.

At least the ajc gives a rino conservative a public blog. The leadership at their parent company forces democrat politics on all employees… Do not dare speak ill of a democrat if you work for cox…….

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md

April 23rd, 2012
7:38 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.”

I noticed that over at jay’s place too…….it wasn’t too long ago, that co2 was the direct cause……now, not so much. Heaven forbid the natural cycle kicks it back in the other direction……they might have to commit hari kari….

Hillbilly D

April 23rd, 2012
7:41 pm

I disagree. The merit of an idea is independent of the motives of its progenitor(s).

It can be but it’s like everything else, buyer beware. Guess what I’m saying is don’t go for the idea just because Pickens (or whomever else) says it’s a good idea. Check the idea out and if it’s a good one, which I think this one is, then figure out how to implement it.

MarkV

April 23rd, 2012
7:44 pm

md @7:18 pm

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

Yes, we do. We have empirical data.

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

By examining the empirical data.

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

No, we use a scientific method. We formulate hypotheses, theories. We compare evidence with their predictions. If necessary, we change or modify them.

The main point is, we do not do this on a blog. When an overwhelming number of scientific societies, including science academies of many countries, reach a consensus that global warming/climate change is real AND attributed to human activity, we take that seriously as the best evidence we have. It is quite ridiculous to think that those scientists have not considered those effects mentioned above. What is most insulting as well as stupid is to call that consensus a hoax, implying that all those scientists are in collusion to falsify their data and analysis for monetary reasons. What that shows is only that those who make such a charge would do just that if they were in those positions.

Hillbilly D

April 23rd, 2012
7:45 pm

md

Remember back when the Carbon Credits thing was all the rage? I made the argument that if CO2 is the problem, then regulate emissions and give heavy fines to violators, rather than create a new industry for people to make money swapping pieces of paper. Seemed to me that was just a way to let people violate the rules and buy their way out of it.

There was a lot of genuflecting over that and I caught lots of grief from the orthodox over that one.

md

April 23rd, 2012
7:46 pm

HD…..infrastructure is going to be the bugger bear in whatever the next great fuel will be. Duplicating the convenience of gas stations is a long term endeavor.

Smeat

April 23rd, 2012
7:53 pm

I wanna run my car, get my electricity and exist on “Make Believe-Fantasy” energy….

Geez… C’mon…. So what if the poor suffer the most for our vision…. “Let them breathe methane instead of CO2″

Lenin called those people, “useful idiots”. Stalin just fed them into a grinder… Wow !! What a great system….

The free market must be the Antichrist……

ThJr

April 23rd, 2012
7:56 pm

For what its worth,I admired McKinney’s brave anti-war stance AND record.
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It is a shame that we don’t have more congressmen like her.

Hillbilly D

April 23rd, 2012
7:56 pm

md @ 7:46

You’re right on that. I rode an LP gas school bus when I was a kid and that’s been quite a while ago. Most forklifts, at least the smaller ones, have been on it for 30 years or more.

That’s one reason I like the idea of starting with 18 wheelers first. They travel great distances and so it could start with refueling for them, along major interstates, etc, maybe where they intersect, to catch traffic going in four directions. Once that got up and running good, things would naturally spread out as more vehicles went to it.

We have to do something about the other uses of petroleum, too, though. I forget the figure but it’s mind boggling how much of it goes into making plastic bottles for bottled water (which is more expensive by volume than gasoline, by the way). We have to change the whole throwaway mindset that the public has but that’s not up to the government, in my opinion.

md

April 23rd, 2012
7:59 pm

Empirical data…….spanning how long?? 4 billion years??

And when scientists such as Ms Curry point out the apparent agenda in publishing the results of various studies, one would be wise to question what one is being fed. Info such as:

“Yesterday Prof Muller insisted that neither his claims that there has not been a standstill, nor the graph, were misleading because the project had made its raw data available on its website, enabling others to draw their own graphs.

However, he admitted it was true that the BEST data suggested that world temperatures have not risen for about 13 years. But in his view, this might not be ‘statistically significant’, although, he added, it was equally possible that it was – a statement which left other scientists mystified.”

Read that last line again……..”it was equally possible”……..yet that is not how he reported his findings…..one would be wise to wonder why.

Smeat

April 23rd, 2012
7:59 pm

Ohhhhhhhhhhh !!!!!!!

A Cynthia McKinney Fan ???

Are you related to Alvin Green?

It’s a shame that slug ever got elected to Congress. That woman is human pond scum and should be filtered into oblivion…

mike 'hussein' smith

April 23rd, 2012
8:00 pm

Considering some of the scum you endorse for Congress, Wingfield, I don’t think you should be running your mouth about McKinney.

Smeat

April 23rd, 2012
8:01 pm

Wait a minute…. Guam is about to tip over….

Cynthia is blaming the Jews….

Smeat

April 23rd, 2012
8:05 pm

MHS – I’m running my keyboard…. My mouth is occupied with eating pork ribs…

Nanny, nanny, boo, boo….

Raise your fist up and join the Occutards in your nearest town…..

duronimo

April 23rd, 2012
8:13 pm

Well put Mary Elizabeth. Truth stands alone. Seeing the world through the eyes of either party will give one a skewed view.

weetamoe

April 23rd, 2012
8:21 pm

If she is elected she will raise the IQ of the CBC by a significant margin.

MarkV

April 23rd, 2012
8:30 pm

md @7:59

I have already answered your questions about the presumed ”stalling.” You can believe prof. Curry in her spat with prof. Muller, which does not prove anything; I choose to believe those hundreds of scientists in many countries I have mentioned earlier. You can cover your eyes and ears and not believe those who warn about how critical the situation is becoming, put your bet on the deniers. It is your choice.

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Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 23rd, 2012
8:36 pm

The climate situation is critical, and Obozo’s main concern is how Romney transported his dog.

Real critical.

md

April 23rd, 2012
8:50 pm

“You can believe prof. Curry in her spat with prof. Muller, which does not prove anything;”

And I choose to disagree……Muller also had a choice as to how he presented his findings…..and seemed to do it with an agenda. To me, that makes him and his work questionable.

But the jury will be in deliberations for some time to come…..imho.

As an agnostic, I find it interesting listening to the consensus on the Shroud of Turin…..they say it can not be duplicated and they have no idea how it was made…….now couple that with our earth sciences, and we have one heck of a question mark.

yuzeyurbrane

April 23rd, 2012
8:57 pm

Again, I basically agree with Kyle. One of us needs a psychiatric check-up. My only disagreement is that I feel that Cynthia’s time has passed and she has none of the advantages of incumbency which I hope will make her a distant third place. I use the words “hope” and “feel” because the prospect of her winning is just so horrific that I can’t imagine sane people voting for her. But, then again, I feel the same way about Tea Party candidates and see where that got me.

Dirty Dawg

April 23rd, 2012
8:59 pm

Face it MaryE…trying to get these folks to be even mildly objective about Cynthia, or any other Democrat for that matter, is a lost cause. Of course that shouldn’t keep us from pointing out the truth, along with an occasional ‘We told you so.’, when it’s called for. Of course that won’t change any minds but so what…after all, somebody’s got to do it.

Fellow 4th District Voters

April 23rd, 2012
9:05 pm

Remember! Be sure to vote for Cynthia the first Friday in December!

OBAMA/McKINNEY 2012!!!!!

Starkeisha

April 23rd, 2012
9:10 pm

If you’re a Republican having a Dem/Green like Cynthia in Congress is almost be a godsend, you might even be tempted to make a $ contribution to her campaign to help her get re-elected. You can’t even wish for the kind of negative publicity that her antics, like slugging a policeman, generate when they air on the 6 o’clock news.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 23rd, 2012
9:11 pm

Of course that shouldn’t keep us from pointing out the truth, along with an occasional ‘We told you so.’
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Obozocare is going to cost almost a trillion more over the next decade than you messiah claimed.

Republicans told you so.

just sayin

April 23rd, 2012
9:17 pm

What is it? Cynthia McKinney Parkway? or Boulevard? I suggest people who remember all the busy stores, eateries, and other businesses that were there when it was Memorial Drive; take a drive down the Parkway/Boulevard now. Nice job Cynthia.

Michael H. Smith

April 23rd, 2012
9:17 pm

Glad my middle name isn’t ‘hussein’ :lol:

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

April 23rd, 2012
9:24 pm

didn’t u guys vote for (and put) “Real” Deal into the governor’s chair? And you have the audacity to scoff at McKinney? hahahhahahaah well at least she was never put up for ethics violations, and misappropriation of funds…..

Michael H. Smith

April 23rd, 2012
9:30 pm

It is impossible to be OBJECTIVE about or with anything as SUBJECTIVE as Fascist, Socialist, Communist or heaven forbid a DEMOCRAT, as in all of the above by whatever degree of Marxist, in combination or separately, the particulars being addressed just so happen to be.

Michael H. Smith

April 23rd, 2012
9:54 pm

Thinking back to the time when so-called Holy Mother Church, the science and esteemed scientist of that day all over the world said the earth is flat, while alone stood Galileo who was scorned as a defiant heretic for saying the earth is round.

Yeah, so much for this phony idea that the majority of science and esteemed scientist are always right.

Folly

April 23rd, 2012
10:06 pm

She’s a baffoon and people will line up to vote for her. It’s a free country and people are free to be stupid. Never thought I’d see the day when Hank Johnson appeared to be more qualified at anything. Just stay the hell out of my wallet.

bigjimkellly

April 23rd, 2012
10:18 pm

Sometimes a leader need a burr under their saddle to get the horse moving.
she was always a flea under Geo Bush’s blanket and i love her for it.

Chris Sanchez

April 23rd, 2012
10:20 pm

And I thought Georgia politics would be boring this fall! LOL

bluecoat

April 23rd, 2012
10:30 pm

We need Romney to bring his cash,and holdings back to this country so he can pay taxes.We do not need an animal abuser in the WH.Cynthia should run as a republican.Seems that is the party of the green$. Yours truly Joseph Smith Amen

Cutty

April 23rd, 2012
10:35 pm

Here we go: Paul Broun is running for Congress again

Gerrymandering

April 23rd, 2012
10:58 pm

Used to produce inbred, racist white Democrat pols in this state. Now it just produces places like the 4th District where, somehow, an ignoramus like Ms. McKinney can have a chance to win (again). This is progress?

Cutty

April 23rd, 2012
10:59 pm

It’s hilarious that all the people making fun of Cynthia McKinney voted for Newt.

Chuck

April 23rd, 2012
10:59 pm

C-Mac vs. HankJ? I’d laugh, if I didn’t have to live in this stupid district. What a clown act.

I might blame the AJC, but clearly, reading is passé.

Dan

April 23rd, 2012
11:12 pm

The reality is even scarier, McKinney is not stupid or crazy, she is manipulative. She has opted to pander to an ignorant base to gain fame and fortune. She knows exactly how to do that and every single comment and action is to further that self serving purpose, and by the way keep down the very people she pretends to speak for

independent thinker

April 23rd, 2012
11:16 pm

Cynthia Mc kinney running for Congress is as hilarious as Herman 999 Cain running for president!

WAW

April 23rd, 2012
11:33 pm

Heck! Newt is running for President. Is there a difference, Kyle?

jaypat

April 24th, 2012
12:42 am

This must be a record number of comments for a post on this blog.

@@

April 24th, 2012
7:13 am

Cynthia McKinney has filed paperwork to run for Congress in Georgia’s 4th District

I thought that nut rolled into California.

schnirt

Mallory

April 24th, 2012
7:53 am

McKinney is a prime example of politicians who can’t make it in the real world. She’s nothing if not a politician.

HRPufnstuf

April 24th, 2012
8:15 am

Imagine this: Cynthia McKinney gets elected. Romney gets elected.

The Secret Service won’t have any time left for interviewing Ted Nugent, as all their time will be spent investigating the racist death threats to the President’s life that will no doubt start spewing from her mouth. She won’t be able to stop them (even if she wanted to).