Is Mckinney toast? KOS intrigue, simmering Republican rage, more…

Andre Walker at Georgia Politics Unfiltered shares the reasons why he no longer supports Cynthia McKinney:

For me, Cynthia McKinney is an individual that had a wealth of potential, but wasted it away, and then decided that her failures were the result of everyone else plotting against her…

…You see, above all, I believe in personal responsibility. And I don’t believe that you exhibit personal responsibility by playing the victim and asserting that everyone else is to blame for your problems.

But that’s exactly what Cynthia McKinney has done, and for me, that’s not the kind of Democrat that I want to support.

On the subject of Cynthia McKinney, New Donkey, another Georgia Democrat, offers a contrast of the McKinney/Johnson and Lieberman/Lamont runoffs:

It’s pretty safe to say the progressive blogosphere is saturated with endless commentary and cheerleading about the August 8 Connecticut Primary involving Joe Lieberman and Ned Lamont. But a very interesting runoff election will occur that same day in my old stomping grounds, the 4th Congressional District of Georgia. The inimitable Rep. Cynthia McKinney will face little-known Dekalb County Commissioner Hank Johnson, who stunned observers by denying McKinney a majority in the July 18 primary (she won 47 percent to Johnson’s 44 percent, with a third, anti-McKinney candidate taking the balance of votes). And from what I’m hearing, it ain’t looking good for the fiery lefty veteran.

The rumor down in Dekalb is that Johnson is raising enormous sums of money for the runoff, some of it, no doubt, from Jewish Democrats who have always resented McKinney’s outspoken pro-Palestinian views. (The night before McKinney lost her seat in 2002 to primary challenger Denise Majette, her father, then-state Rep. Billy McKinney, told a television audience that Cynthia’s only problem was spelled “J-E-W-S.” In a nice touch of irony, McKinney pere lost his own legislative seat the next day, in a huge upset, to a Jewish primary opponent.) McKinney has never been much of a fundraiser, and the voting patterns in the primary led a lot of observers to conclude that her once-legendary GOTV prowess is not what it used to be…

… And there’s no question she will allege a conspiracy to purge her from Congress. McKinney loves conspiracy theories the way a drunk loves a belt of Ten High before breakfast. Her suggestion that perhaps the White House had advance warning about 9/11 and deliberately let it happen helped paint a political bullseye on her back in 2002. And on this latest primary night, even as Cynthia was line dancing with her new friend Cindy Sheehan in front of the cameras, her staff and supporters were muttering darkly about a Diebold Conspiracy orchestrated by Secretary of State Cathy Cox to shift votes from McKinney to Johnson. (You’d think if Cox had the capacity to manipulate votes this way, she might have stolen enough votes from Mark Taylor to keep the Big Guy from narrowly winning a majority against her in the gubernatorial primary, eh?).

But my guess is that McKinney has finally run out of luck.

The CT race has never held my interest, and has never concerned me that much from a purely pragmatic political stance. The way I see it, if Lieberman loses, we still get a Democrat in his place who by all indications will be a loyal one when it comes to votes of national importance. When it comes to state business in CT, I really have no interest at all.

But the McKinney/Johnson race is another matter and one I am watching much more closely because I live in Georgia. Not only do I believe McKinney is an albatross around the neck of the Democratic party, it has become too easy for the GOP to paint her as the face of the party.

I would rather Lieberman lose than McKinney win.

Has Mickey Kaus stumbled across a bit of hypocrisy from DailyKOS?  Something that may add fuel to allegations that KOS is nice to Democrats who hire his partner, Jerome Armstrong, for consulting work?

Slate’s John Dickerson notes that ex-Gov. Mark Warner has largely been able to skirt the contentious issues so far, though in the latest loyalty test he says he is supporting Joe Lieberman in his Democratic primary race against Ned Lamont.

No doubt Warner’s Lieberman kiss will earn a strong rebuke from Daily Kos’ Markos Moulitsas, even though Warner has hired Kos’ buddy Jerome Armstrong. … It must just be my inferior search skills that prevent me from finding Kos’ vehement attack! … After all, Kos snipes at Sen. Dodd and Senators Boxer and Biden for their support of Lieberman in the primary. How is Warner any different? ….

David Broder has evidence to suggest there is simmering rage at the Bush administration and the Republicans in power from… Republicans!

My weekend visitor was one of the founders of the postwar Republican Party in the South, one of those stubborn men who challenged the Democratic rule in his one-party state. He was conservative enough that in the great struggle for the 1952 nomination, his sympathies were with Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio, not Dwight D. Eisenhower.

He has lived long enough to see Republicans elected as senator and governor of his state and to see a Republican from the Sun Belt behemoth of Texas capture the White House. His profession won’t let him speak with his name attached, but he is sadly disillusioned.

I thought it was stupid,” he said (speaking of Bush’s veto of stem cell research funding.) “I know too many people who are like this” — and he shook his hands like a victim of Parkinson’s disease — “and their only hope of a cure is in stem cells. Now Bush is forcing that science to move overseas.”

He went on: “How the hell long can they refuse to raise the minimum wage?” He was furious, he said, with the Republican leaders of Congress who keep blocking bills to raise the minimum wage, which has been stuck at $5.15 an hour for years. “I’m a conservative,” he said, “but they make me sound like a damned liberal the way they act. They spend like fools, they run up the deficits and they refuse to give a raise to the working people who are struggling. How the hell are you supposed to live on $5.15 an hour these days?”

“… I’d just as soon the Democrats take over this fall. Get some checks and balances and teach these guys a lesson.”

… his ingrained disdain for the Democrats may keep my friend voting Republican. But the complaints that I heard from him — echoed by many of his contemporaries in the Taft-Goldwater-Reagan wing of the GOP — are a significant factor in the dynamics of the midterm election. They could spell trouble for Republicans in mobilizing their vote this fall.

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