Politics: The Hidden Woman: Cynthia McKinney

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Michael DeLong
Michael DeLong
United States

The Hidden Woman: Cynthia McKinney

It amazes me how very little attention by the media that Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney is garnering. We do, in fact, have a woman Presidential candidate to vote for this November - one who, as John Nichols tells us in The Nation, is "[r]esolutely anti-war and anti-imperialist, firmly committed to defending individual liberties and determined to hold the outgoing president and vice president to account...is an ardent advocate for national health care, expanded education spending and energy policies that emphasize mass transportation and conservation rather than rewarding oil-company profiteering."

Read more about Cynthia's run.

Why do you think that such a noteworthy candidate is getting such little attention, even in progressive and alternative media? Why, when such a huge focus is being made of both race and gender in this election, is an African American woman candidate all but buried in the mix?

People Still (Wrongly) Blame Nader

There is a rhetorical line toed within certain parts of the left that Nader lost the election for Gore in 2000. Even one of my favorite feminist pundits, Katha Pollit, toes this line (which disappoints me). I think progressive media such as the Daily Kos is so focused on Obama currently because they feel that giving any attention to the Green Party will result in a McCain presidency. I don't happen to agree with this.

IMOW Team
IMOW Team
United States

More on Green Women

Thank you Michael for your conversation!

You may be interested in our Women, Power and Politics online exhibition story about Why Women Go Green, which talks about the high percentages of women in the Green Party worldwide.

Women ARE Invisible

Your conversation title Michael is very provocative. I think women's political contributions are invisible in U.S. political past and present. So many of my friends are talking about race and gender in relation to the current political candidates in the U.S. race. But when I mention Cynthia McKinney or Shirley Chisholm--two women that have/had to deal with both race and gender in their respective campaigns--I get blank stares. I think we would all benefit from a history lesson in the political contributions of women of color in the U.S.

IMOW Team
IMOW Team
United States

More on Shirley Chisholm

You can read and watch a film clip of Shirley Chisholm during her run for the U.S. presidency in our Women, Power and Politics online exhibition.

Jewel Forster
Jewel Forster
United States

Many U.S. Greens I know only support Green candidates in local elections. One of the most popular Green slogans is "act locally, think globally."

In fact, national elections are controversial to many Greens who believe that they first need to build a base for the party up from the grassroots. "Grassroots democracy" is one of the Green "Ten Key Values."

It feels naive at this point to support a Green for national office. The upcoming national elections in the U.S. are critical; all progressive voters need to get on the same page.

I respect McKinney, but she won't get my vote.

Michael DeLong
Michael DeLong
United States

But Where Is She?

To be perfectly honest, she may not get my vote, either. I would much rather vote for her than Obama, but I would rather have Obama than McCain. I will vote for McKinney if it really looks as if Obama will carry California. Of course, as long as we have the unfortunate Electoral College system, the popular vote counts for little beyond reporting anyway, so it is not necessarily true that progressives need to vote as a block for Obama to win. I would be very much in favor of abolishing the Electoral College, but that is another story. Election fraud is also a whole other story, and that is why I believe Bush won in 2000. It had little to do with Nader.

At any rate, whether or not one plans to vote for McKinney, my big issue is: why isn't she being talked about? Nader was a media lightning rod in 2000 and other third-party candidates, such as Ross Perot, have attracted their share of media attention as well. My big question is - where is the media attention Cynthia deserves? She does not even seem to be a part of the public narrative, even among progressives, and that alarms me.

 

Michael DeLong
Michael DeLong
United States

A System of Our Own

Cynthia speaks out about the financial crisis:

http://votetruth08.com/index.php/resources/campaignplatform

Also, see video attached.

Masum Momaya, Curator
Masum Momaya, Curator
United States

Cynthia on C-SPAN

I've been watching C-SPAN coverage of the campaigns and elections and have heard Cynthia McKinney speak several times, sometimes alongside the libertarian and religious conservative candidates. I have opted for C-SPAN lately because I've been getting headaches from watching most other media coverage - mainstream or alternative - and I'd just rather hear the speeches without commentary from any perspective. I received my sample ballot in the mail yesterday and upon opening it, my eyes immediately landed on her name. I agree with Michael that the electoral college system in the U.S. muddles things - and that voting for MS. McKinney in states that Obama is very likely to carry will likely not affect the outcome of who those electoral votes go to, so I am still undecided. I do wish we had a multiparty system in this country, though, as discourses like socialism are completely absent in our debates. My hypothesis about why coverage of her is absent is because the general range of debate and deliberation is very narrow. Take, for example, the first presidential debate between McCain and Obama. In stead of a genuine debate about the strategy involved with and philosophies behind one policy versus another, the conversation focused on semantics. Low Bar. Poor moderation. An insult to viewers, who deserve better.

Michael DeLong
Michael DeLong
United States

Wow - Daily Kos

Fresh from the polls this morning, I decided to peek at Daily Kos to see any early election coverage ... only to find their final Cheers & Jeers poll has the following names on it:

McCain
Obama
Nader
Barr

No McKinney? Not even in an opinion poll on an ostensibly progressive blog? All men? What a disappointment.

Tags: Green Party , Cynthia McKinney


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