Friday, June 16, 2006
Which side are you on?
I know that the "conservative" blogs will dodge the issue or write this off to the color of the Grand Jury's skin. But what I want to know is how many liberal blogs will admit they rushed to judgment and that there might be a deeper story here.
The AP is reporting that A grand jury has declined to indict Rep. Cynthia McKinney in a March incident in which she admitted hitting [or slapping or pushing or something-ing] a police officer who tried to stop her from entering a House office building.
Grand Juries don't have to be unanimous to indict, so they tend to over- rather than underindict. And African Americans, contrary to white caricatures, tend to be pretty tough on African Americans who break the law. For the Grand Jury (which I assume from the venue was probably roughly two-thirds African American) to decline to indict means that maybe her story is correct, that she was improperly stopped and that any contact was inadvertent. She may have a case for assault by the officer, or a civil case for harassment.
In political debate, there are no good people and bad people per se. There are people who own up when they are wrong, and then there's the rest. I hope I am underestimating how many liberal blogs are in the latter category. But there were sure a lot of liberal bloggers who behaved like perfect asses on this issue.
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