"I am sorry that this misunderstanding happened at all, and I regret its escalation and I apologize. There should not have been any physical contact in this incident." Representative Cynthia McKinney
Well, there you go. Public opinion and her own Congressional Black Caucus threw down Rep. Cynthia McKinney -- hard. Facing a Grand Jury investigation and lacking even a whisper of support from fellow Democrats, McKinney was forced to apologize for hitting a member of the Capitol Police.
In a ridiculous fracas on March 29, Capitol Police tried to stop Rep. McKinney at a House security checkpoint. She wasn't wearing the special pin identifying her as a member of Congress. Rather than simply showing her credentials, she pitched a fit and showed her true colors by hitting an officer with her cell phone.
She and her lawyers then made a bad situation worse by claiming racism and self-defense -- but nobody bought it. As I've already said, Pin the Blame on McKinney.
At a time when women and minorities are already routinely marginalized, Rep. McKinney narrowed the margins even more by throwing such an inappropriate public tantrum and refusing to take responsibility for her own inexcusable actions.
Adding insult to injury, she managed to embarrass the Democratic party in the bargain. Rep. McKinney pinned the tail on the donkey -- and showed herself to be the biggest ass.