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How about we come up with a new phrase:

Slow Boating.
The continued defense of the indefensible through the absolute insistence that the terms of the debate at hand are solely the terms the Slow Boater brings to the table, despite the diversity and possible accuracy of the opinions of others at the table.

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I live in District 4. I have to live with the results of the District 4 elections. I am white. Both the Democratic candidates for Congress are black. Do I care. Hell no.

I will always vote for McKinney in a race against a Republican, simply because the Republicans have diminished their own party to the degree it's impossible to even support a reasonable or even great man in that party because of the additional influence it gives the party as a whole. I'd vote for a hamster over a Republican at this point. I'd vote for a housefly. I'd vote for a broken bicycle.

But...having voted for CM in every instance like the above, I've had the opportunity to observe her in her natural state, which is not my district, but rather the political sphere itself. And as a result of years of this observation, I'm at the point where I will vote for any Democrat against CM when given the chance.

Cynthia doesn't speak "truth to power." She just spouts off. Frankly, in my eyes, her racist accusations against Al Gore in a crucial time put her in the same category as I put Ralph Nader, though on a smaller scale. But in that race, a smaller scale was all it might have taken between 8 years of Gore and 8 years of the Apocalyptic bullshit we've had to weather. Anyone who tore Gore down for false or insignificant reasons is at least a bit to blame for George W. Bush (I'm not saying he shouldn't have been "gored" at all, just that anyone on our side who damaged him with no good reason was wrong).

Cynthia is a grandstander, and she panders to those who actually think she's speaking for them, when she's actually diminishing their place in the political world. But, like Bush, she knows exactly who her crowd is, and she knows just what buttons to push to keep 'em riled up and supportive.

I'm not one of those folks. And I realize that the first thought in some heads is gonna be, of course, that I'm saying I'm not one of those folks because those folks are black, and I am white. And nothing I say will penetrate the adamantium shell they've built to protect the viewpoint that you can't be against Cynthia McKinney unless you are a racist or are the tool of racists.

Thus, Slow Boating.

Yes, there are quite a few white people in this District who're sick of Cynthia. Damnit, she's our representative in Congress, and we have a right to judge her accordingly. Her race is not a reason to throw her out, but it's not a shield against critique or accountability either. And, yes, there are quite a few black people in this District who're tired of Cynthia's screeds and public spasms, and they voted for Majette, and they're voting for Johnson this time. Slow Boating them by insisting it's the Republicans or the J-E-W-S or Diebold isn't giving them credit as thinking, discerning, black Democrats who come to their own conclusions, and accusing them of being tools of sinister Right Wing or Zionist forces is reprehensible.

Everybody has their own issues. Don't limit the debate by insisting that everyone is operating solely on the issues you're fixated on.

Stop the Slow Boating.

Originally posted to outlawmoon on Thu Aug 03, 2006 at 08:34 PM PDT.

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  •  I guess this is my tip jar... (12+ / 0-)

    First time I've written a diary, hope I've done it right. ;)

    "Save the world, and it'll repay you, every second of every day." --Axel Brass (for Warren Ellis)

    by outlawmoon on Thu Aug 03, 2006 at 08:30:02 PM PDT

  •  Congratulations... :) (3+ / 0-)
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    Caldonia, anonymousredvest18, PerryA

    I will always vote for McKinney in a race against a Republican, simply because the Republicans have diminished their own party to the degree it's impossible to even support a reasonable or even great man in that party because of the additional influence it gives the party as a whole. I'd vote for a hamster over a Republican at this point. I'd vote for a housefly. I'd vote for a broken bicycle.

    You may now call yourself a Yellow Dog Democrat... :)

    (That's how you say it right?)

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    by kraant on Thu Aug 03, 2006 at 08:39:41 PM PDT

    •  No, yellow Dogs are populists (1+ / 0-)
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      peace voter
      (That's how you say it right?)

      and decent sorts. No self respecting yellow dog would be so obsessed with trashing a woman who has, after all, stood with and for the poor so consistently. This fellow sounds like a Blue Dog. At best

      "...the definition of a gaffe in Washington is somebody who tells the truth but shouldn't have." Howard Dean

      by colleen on Thu Aug 03, 2006 at 10:53:28 PM PDT

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      •  Stood with the poor? (0+ / 0-)

        That's funny stuff.  

        Tämä Mia Dolan on ihan hirveä (That Mia Dolan is just awful or This Mia Dolan is made of Moose )

        by Mia Dolan on Thu Aug 03, 2006 at 11:04:02 PM PDT

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      •  See? Slow boating. (0+ / 0-)

        I speak against Cynthia McKinney. Therefore, I'm not populist, not a decent sort, don't care about the poor, and lean toward the right.

        I'm sure I'm radically pro-Israel too.

        Thank you for helping me make my point.

        "Save the world, and it'll repay you, every second of every day." --Axel Brass (for Warren Ellis)

        by outlawmoon on Fri Aug 04, 2006 at 05:25:33 AM PDT

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  •  Very respectable decision (1+ / 0-)
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    kraant

    Any Dem over any GOPer, any Dem over CM.

    That's right on.

  •  Well (3+ / 0-)
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    colleen, kraant, Mia Dolan

    I would venture to guess that most of the strongest McKinney apologists are male, white, and outside of her district.

    •  No, (0+ / 0-)
      I would venture to guess that most of the strongest McKinney apologists are male, white, and outside of her district.

      I inadvertantly gave you a rec there jacinto.

      You describe the most voracious of her detractors. Add conservative and leaning Republican and you'll have what stares back at you when you look in the mirror.

      "...the definition of a gaffe in Washington is somebody who tells the truth but shouldn't have." Howard Dean

      by colleen on Thu Aug 03, 2006 at 10:49:11 PM PDT

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    •  She seems (0+ / 0-)

      To attract the crazy and stupid from all demographics from what I've seen.

      Anyone who voted against the patriot act is too good for the Senate

      Feingold for President

      by Goldfish on Fri Aug 04, 2006 at 12:14:55 AM PDT

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  •  I've noticed (1+ / 0-)
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    kraant

    That the people here who like McKinney and talk about how she "speaks truth to power" and all that other nonsense are the most flakey, politically unsophisticated, simplistic members of this community. They have an almost child like desire to be lead by someone, and become hypnotized by the first person who speaks to them.

    Sometimes this person is worthy of that level of admiration, as in the case with Dean. Other times, they’re not and are in fact harmful to these people, such as in this case.

    It’s sad to see how many people here would rather follow blindly, rather then be leaders themselves. The phenomena directly mirrors a larger phenomena in political science, which is generally regarded as corrosive to democracy. It also has made me rethink the relevance of Aristotle’s slave ethics to things today.

    Anyone who voted against the patriot act is too good for the Senate

    Feingold for President

    by Goldfish on Fri Aug 04, 2006 at 12:13:48 AM PDT

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