Monday, August 07, 2006

GOP Fears Cynthia McKinney Campaign "Rope A Dope"

I just read a brilliant article (below) and received permission from its author, Mary Alice Miller of the New York Chapter of the National Black United Front (NBUF) to reprint it here. It is concerning the most important political race tomorrow (forget Joe Lieberman, everyone knows that he's gonna get whupped good tomorrow) the runoff election of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney of Georgia. She is *totally* "unbossed" and "unbought" to echo the late Shirley Chisholm's 1972 Presidential campaign slogan and the election is a clinic on how Black stooges for Zionists, a lukearm Congressional Black Caucus and weak-kneed Democrats can be defeated by one of the strongest Black stateswomen occupying public office in the United States.

Here is the article in its entirety...

August 4, 2006 Dekalb County, GA

WHY BLACK NEW YORKERS SHOULD SUPPORT CYNTHIA MC KINNEY’S CONGRESSIONAL RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN
by

Mary Alice Miller

National Black United Front (NYC Chapter)

REASON #5

GOP FEARS MCKINNEY CAMPAIGN “ROPE –A – DOPE”


Despite the Georgia Republican Party’s best efforts, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is running a strong campaign.

The GOP has tried everything: financing her competitor’s campaign, vilifying her in the press, open primary crossover voting, promoting outright lies.
McKinney remains undeterred.

Sensing a McKinney victory, the GOP is hedging its bets. After Hank Johnson’s dismal showing in Monday night’s first televised debate, even the most rabid ‘anyone but Cynthia’ proponent had to admit their candidate has serious flaws. Recognizing it is too late to front a more competitive/ competent candidate, the GOP is dusting off another old strategy: reverse psychology.

Talking head Bill Shipp, a Georgia democrat who positions himself as left of conservatives, has introduced a “GOP conspiracy to resurrect McKinney”.
Shipp lays out several elements to support his claim:

1) After fronting former judge Denise Majette (an African- American) in the 2002 4th Congressional District race against McKinney, and doing everything short of worshipping the Devil in order to get her elected, the GOP purportedly convinced Majette to abandon the House seat in order to mount a doomed run for the Senate. According to Shipp, the republican goal was to remove Majette as an obstacle to McKinney’s return. (An alternative view considers the cold shoulder treatment Majette reportedly received once she arrived on Capitol Hill. The cloud of being elected by Republican ‘anyone but Cynthia’ crossover votes instead of legitimate Democratic votes followed Majette throughout her 2-year tenure.)

2) Shipp claims that the Republican-led state legislature and the Bush Justice Dept. reconfigured McKinney’s congressional district in a way that increases the strength of her base- to prove how much elephants cherish her. (Congresswoman McKinney’s district was redrawn after the 2000 census. It was also recently redrawn mid-census, just prior to the current 4th district election season. Adding 10 new voting precincts mid- election to McKinney’s district introduced her to a new constituency at an awkward time. McKinney was not moved. She took pleasure in embracing new constituency, strategically focusing her message to the five new voting precincts with substantial black democratic numbers.)
3) Shipp claims the specter of McKinney losing is driving the far right nuts.
(Reverse psychology is an old tactic. The truth is the specter of a McKinney victory is driving the far right nuts.)

How could Republican strategists have been unprepared when McKinney nearly lost the Democratic primary in July, claiming they are counting on her help in November? Georgia republicans aggressively interjected themselves into the Democratic election, thanks to open primaries.

The Grand Ol’ Party can’t have it both ways. Either the GOP wants to unseat McKinney or they don’t.

Believe Shipp when he states “If McKinney wins the runoff, the Republican direct-mail campaign will center on her in the fall.”

The GOP should not fool themselves. McKinney cannot be controlled by remote. She cannot be goaded into juvenile name-calling. She cannot be manipulated into working against her own best interests.

Stereotypes can be deceiving. When Muhammad Ali was in the prime of his boxing career, he was perceived as a ‘dumb jock’. All brawn, no brain. With the introduction of his brilliant rope-a-dope strategy, Ali showed the world that black athletes could employ critical thinking skills in order to succeed.

McKinney is a product of history. S he stands on the shoulders of our Ancestors. The courage to challenge inequity (and iniquity) is in her DNA. While the GOP is throwing sticks and stones, setting up roadblocks, and spreading disinformation, McKinney conserves her energy. She strikes unexpectedly, with force.

Do not be fooled by GOP talking heads. Shipp’s reverse psychology strategy is simply a ploy to prepare the psyche of good white folk for yet another McKinney victory.

New Yorkers, if you believe Representative McKinney should remain in Congress (and a strong member of the Congressional Black Caucus), express your support. The McKinney Run-Off election is August 8, 2006. She needs our support.


Send donations to Cynthia McKinney for Congress
P.O. Box 371125
Decatur, GA 30037

You may also donate on-line at http://www.cynthiaforcongress.com/donate.php.

Mary Alice Miller
National Black United Front (NYC Chapter)

1 comment:

  1. How Cynthia lost is a true mystery. Just a week or less before elections, she was ahead in the polls. At a press conference just a week or so before, Cynthia was flanked by supporters while her competitor had a press conference either the same day or the next, which was attended by his wife and a few media. Are we to believe that Cynthia's supporters stayed home like the second little piggy and her competitor's supporters all went to the fishmarket?

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