As I write this, Cynthia McKinney and her fellow race hustlers are pleading the notoriously anti-Semitic congresswoman's case in her cop-smacking incident at a news conference before a hallelujah chorus at Howard University. The case being, naturally, that the cop she physically assaulted was racist (and a far cry from her much more conciliatory "official" statement).
I'll leave my personal feelings about the congresswoman aside for the moment, or the cast of characters backing her up that included the America-hating Harry Belafonte, but I was struck by at least one thing:
Two rationales were provided for McKinney's behavior. First, that the Capitol Police should be better trained to know who the Members of Congress are because it has a bearing on their safety. (I'd add that a 10-year political veteran of D.C. like myself also can no longer recognize her after she ditched her trademark braids for a radically different 'do.) I have also personally witnessed something similar happen to a white senator.
And second, Team McKinney is alleging that the police officer knew who she was and was harassing her merely because of her race.
Now, if you're going to mount a defense in advance of what is reportedly her potential arrest, shouldn't you at least be sure that the two reasons you give aren't directly contradictory?