I like how that usually gets run together into one word. Kind'a like theliberalmedia.
From about the most biased source you can get, the McKinney 2002 campaign site:
Representative Cynthia McKinney trounced opponent Denise Majette in an Atlanta Press Club debate scheduled at 7:30, August 9, 2002 at the Georgia Public Television studios (channel 8 in Atlanta). In a debate that focused on Representative McKinneys record in Congress and Majettes record as a judge, McKinney won both fronts.
During the debate a reporter from the Atlanta Journal Constitution challenged Majette, saying that in a prior interview Majette said she opposed affirmative action, but in a meeting of African American professionals, Majette changed course and said she supported affirmative action.
Majette refused to address this flip-flop on affirmative action.
Not that someone seeking office taking diametrically opposed views on an issue in front of two different audiences is surprising. That it was a reporter from the Journal Constitution is, given they've got Cynthia Tucker writing for 'em.
Tucker shows that when it comes to the crunch, she is snugged down in the Man's pocket. Her paper has been unrelenting in its attempts to discredit McKinney. "[She] has shown herself to be a fringe lunatic, well outside the congressional mainstream," Cynthia Tucker wrote in one typical commentary.
Outrageously, Tucker asserts McKinney is "incapable of aiding any cause" and has the final pious effrontery to declare that "The plight of the Palestinians and their desire for an independent homeland is a serious cause deserving of thoughtful, mainstream advocates. Hilliard wasn't one, and neither is McKinney."
Er, that's Alexander Cockburn, and the piece is from Working for Change, again hardly an unbiased source.
A cursory glance at Denise Majette's campaign site revealed no mention of the debate, but there is a quote from yesterday's (Aug. 11th's) Journal Constitution:
AJC endorses Majette -- Cream of the crop in races for House Atlanta Journal Constitution
According to the last U.S. Census, Georgia's surge in population growth earned the state two additional congressional districts. So this year's congressional campaigns have generated intense interest and some unusually spirited races.
The following are recommendations in house races with primary opposition.
In the 4th, incumbent Cynthia McKinney's irresponsible -- indeed, wildly irrational -- rhetoric has alienated many of her constituents.
So it is no surprise that she has drawn a strong challenger, former DeKalb State Court Judge Denise Majette.
Majette is more than just "not McKinney." With a Yale law degree, she is bright and thoughtful, a moderate candidate who can well represent the needs of a diverse district.
I love buzzword bingo. Irresponsible, wildly irrational, strong challenger, bright, thoughtful, moderate, diverse. Do you think they have a list of them, and just copy and paste between documents, or is there a macro that goes through an editorial and adds them where appropriate?
Not that I don't have a set handful of predictable words and catchphrases, but at least I'm usually trying to be funny when I toss them out.
This really deserves it's own entry:
ajc.com | Living | Was Elvis racist?
By CRAIG SEYMOUR
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Pop Music Critic
This view is not based simply on his use of black music, but on an infamous alleged statement, dating back almost 50 years, that he apparently never made. But it's as much a part of the Elvis myth as polyester jumpsuits and peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches. It's also the reason many people, particularly African-Americans, will view the celebratory events commemorating his death with resentment and anger.
"The only thing Negroes can do for me is buy my records and shine my shoes."
Damn. McKinney just said Majette voted for Alan Keyes. Them's fighting words.