Politics & Policy

Representative Awful

Cynthia McKinney's insanity and hypocrisy.

I don’t mean to be such a pain in the ass to Cynthia McKinney (D., Ga.), but it appears this is the fastest route to her brain. According to the Washington Post, in an interview with a Berkeley radio station Ms. McKinney suggested that the Bush administration knew about the September 11 attacks but did nothing to stop them. Oh, no, wait — she doesn’t suggest that, she says it:

We know there were numerous warnings of the events to come on September 11th. . . . What did this administration know and when did it know it, about the events of September 11th? Who else knew, and why did they not warn the innocent people of New York who were needlessly murdered? . . . What do they have to hide?

#ad#Catch that? “Why did they not warn the innocent people…who were needlessly murdered?” In other words, the Bush administration knew these people were going to be murdered and they did nothing about it. She also adds that “persons close to this administration are poised to make huge profits off America’s new war.” These are not complicated dots to connect. Ms. McKinney believes, or says she believes — not necessarily the same thing, of course — that the Bush administration is guilty of aiding and abetting the mass murder of American citizens for profit.

When confronted, McKinney backpedaled a few millimeters. In a statement she explained: “I am not aware of any evidence showing that President Bush or members of his administration have personally profited from the attacks of 9-11. A complete investigation might reveal that to be the case.”

I see. Well, just let me just say that I am not aware of any evidence that Ms. McKinney has murdered several children or that she personally profited from sleeping with the entire defensive squad of the Atlanta Falcons. However, a complete investigation might reveal that to be the case.

Meanwhile, while we await the findings of that long-overdue investigation, I can add that there is ample evidence that Ms. McKinney is dumber than rock salt and more repugnant than Yasser Arafat’s three-week-old underwear.

Note how that statement does not actually retract the truly hateful accusation. Ms. McKinney lets stand the suggestion that Americans were “needlessly murdered” because the Bush administration knew about the September 11 attack and willingly did nothing about it for purely selfish reasons. If this were true, Bush would certainly be impeached and might even be executed. Of course, it’s not true. But truth isn’t one of those things that come through too clear by way of the radio transmitters in McKinney’s fillings.

She seems to think that for her to raise her own paranoid, America-hating, crypto-Marxist conspiratorial delusions is all we need to justify investigating them. “What is undeniable,” she says, “is that corporations close to the administration have directly benefited from the increased defense spending arising from the aftermath of September 11th.” “America’s credibility, both with the world and with her own people, rests upon securing credible answers to these questions.”

Actually, Ms. McKinney, your own credibility rests upon your securing serious and prolonged psychotherapy.

I thought this sort of thing went the way of Thomas Nast cartoons. But I guess Ms. McKinney actually sees a Bush White House consisting of fat cats in tuxedos exchanging bags of money with the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Alas, it is impossible to convince lefties that being rich often serves as the best insulation against greed. The idea that Don Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and George Bush would start a war in order to get an additional few million when they have plenty of millions already, only makes sense to lefties who believe being rich is a sin (unless, of course, you’re a rich liberal).

McKinney’s hypocrisy is so concentrated it could eat through metal. The only politician I know of who actively tried to profit from Sept. 11, was Cynthia McKinney herself. She’s the one who went whoring after Saudi Arabia’s blood money after the attacks. (In fact, this column was supposed to be just a one-paragraph intro to a reprint of my column about that shameful episode.)

Sen. Zell Miller caught another aspect of Ms. McKinney’s hypocrisy: In a press release he said, “At first glance, it would be easy to pass this off as just another loony statement. But at second glance, it is more than that. It is very dangerous and irresponsible.”

Senator Miller also noted: “I hope President Bush will remember that this is the same Congresswoman who — during each of his State of the Union addresses — arrives early to get a coveted aisle seat, then leans way over as Bush walks down the aisle, hoping he will give her a kiss for all to see on national TV.”

Meanwhile another fellow Georgian came to her defense. “She’s not as random as people think,” McKinney’s friend Jack Kingston (R., Ga.) says — in her defense. “People always want to hear a political conspiracy theory.” So, in other words, McKinney knows that this is just a conspiracy theory. And this is supposed to let her off the hook? For a representative to tell the American public, in order to help her own career, that the government murdered thousands of its own citizens for material gain is disgusting (it also will undoubtedly be picked up by our enemies in the Arab world, mark my words). Of course, it may not be as bad as the accusation that Bush killed thousands of Americans, but we at least know that accusation isn’t true. Meanwhile, this accusation is the nicest thing her own friends can say about her.

What a truly awful woman.

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