Wednesday, April 05, 2006

McKinney Goes To Trial

A federal grand jury will begin hearing evidence about Rep. Cynthia McKinney's run-in with a Capitol Police officer in the very near future.

This is undoubtedly the right move. Being a member of Congress does not excuse you from obeying the law, and McKinney's trial must exhibit that. But before the trial, note some simple observations:

From U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer:
"McKinney turned the officer's failure to recognize her into a criminal matter when she failed to stop at his request, and then struck him.

He reached out and grabbed her and she turned around and hit him. Even the high and the haughty should be able to stop and say, 'I'm a congressman' and then everybody moves on."

From House Speaker Dennis Hastert:
"This is not about personality. It's not about racial profiling. It's about making this place safer."

But apparently not for Rep. McKinney. She is still completely wrapped up in the racism angle --an angle that is completely bogus, as Chief of Police Terrance Gainer explains:
"I've seen our officers stop white members and black members, Latinos, male and females. It's not an issue about what your race or gender is. It's an issue about making sure people who come into our building are recognized if they're not going through the magnetometer, and this officer at that moment didn't recognize her."

If you feel like Gainer is over-simplifying things, he's not. It really is that clear-cut. You don't hit a Captiol Police officer. Ever. For Rep. McKinney to play the race card is a complete cop-out, and can only be seen as a frantic last-minute effort to cover her tail.

Former Rep. Tom Delay understands, and sheds some light on Rep. McKinney's past:
"Cynthia McKinney is a racist. She has a long history of racism. Everything is racism with her. This is incredible arrogance that sometimes hits these members of Congress, but especially Cynthia McKinney."

I can only hope that Rep. McKinney gets convicted of assault against an uniformed officer, and serves time for her crime. She should be an example of how NOT to behave as a U.S. representative.