Wednesday, August 21, 2002
Max has an interesting take on this, to which I'd like to add:
posted by lazarus |
Okay, my turn to talk about Cyntha McKinney.
Was she a hero to the left? I don't think so. I think she was a hero to a lot of people on the left, however, and so her defeat is important.
First, she is an example. She was outspoken, and it hurt her in the long run. Yes, the Republicans brought out all the dirty tricks, and yes, the Dems abandoned her, but the question is, why?
She went a wee bit too far. The American people weren't ready for the questions she was asking. And maybe what happened to her explains why the Democratic leadership hasn't firmly put on their tinfoil hats and accused Bush of being behind 9/11.
Personally, I find the strategy used to defeat her repugnant and unethical, but we've done it, too. Remember McCain? And let's face it, it won't be able to happen in too many places, as not many states have that inane open primary rule. California does, so that's a place to watch. Maybe what we need to do is prevail up the state legistatures to eliminate the open primary rule.
A lot of people have said the her loss and Earl Hilliard's loss in Alabama are due to "the Jews". Nonsense. Hilliard had a lot of local issues that were affecting him, as did McKinney. Yes, a lot of money came from out of state in both campaignes, but that sort of thing has been happening for a long time. Yes, Republicans crossed over, but a lot Dems voted against each of them. At this point, it doesn't matter.
We need to elect Dems, because I'd much rather see Speaker Gephardt the next few years than Speaker Hastert. The primaries are over, in most places. Let's not lose focus, and let's not forget the important thing here: a Democratic House and Senate.