Good news being reported all over the country.
Cynthia McKinny is out of office here in my congressional district, and Hank Johnson is in, and I helped. I know a lot of white male Republicans in my district were super-motivated to get Cynthia out, and I hate to ever be in agreement with that group of people, but it wasn't the slapping incident that got me to dislike Cynthia McKinny. It was another moment. The first time McKinny took questions from local reporters after her scuffle with Capital Police, McKinny wasn't the least bit candid about the incident, didn't have a sense of humor about it, was very defensive, and insisted she wouldn't answer any questions about it. When the interview was over, she forgot to take her mike off of her coat. So the TV crew got audio of McKinny dissing one of her own staffers post-interview for not making it clear enough with the reporter that McKinny would field no questions regarding the Capital scuffle. When McKinny realized her mistake, she came back to the table where she'd been answering questions and spoke to the reporter in a tone dripping with condescension and a palpable dislike. "Anything that was said after our interview was concluded," Cynthia said, her googly eyes googling and her lips peeled back away from her teeth so she could over-anunciate, as though to a child, "will not be used for broadcast of any kind. Do you understand me?" I was done with McKinny right then. Anyone who doesn't know how to handle reporters better than that doesn't deserve to represent anyone, much less an entire congressional district. So she's out, and that's good. Give ole Hank a chance. I'm tired of this incumbent retention rate of 94%. Throw the incumbents out. If your representative or senator hasn't done an absolutely stellar job while in office, if they haven't done something that, when you think of it, makes you happy or proud some way, give someone else a shot. There's even money they'll do a better job.
Also, Joe Lieberman, the faux-Democrat and born again Republican, has failed to convince Democratic voters in Connecticut that he ought to be the Democrat nominee for his Senate seat. Ned Lamont is in. People have been saying that Lieberman's ouster is a result of his support for the war in Iraq, but I think that's just part of it. It's also his high-handed moralistic positions regarding sex and violence in video games and music and movies, and it's also because every ultra-right-winger in the Punditsphere, like Hannity and Coulter and DeLay, have all come out in support of Lieberman. But the final nail in his coffin was his scolding of fellow Senate Dems last November. He told them to stop criticizing the President because, like it or not, Bush is our President for the next three years. Pretty fucking galling. True, he was lobbying the Bush administration then to take over Rumsfeld's job, (a job he was never in the running for, but was too out of his depth to know it), but the fact that he didn't know his days were numbered as a Democrat that very moment shows how out of touch he is. Now he says he's going to run as an Independent. I hope to God he loses that too and then fades quickly into obscurity as a former progressive who lost his way. We need actual Democrats in power to help bring America back from where Bush has taken it.