Matt Towery

What do Fox News pundit Juan Williams and Georgia Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney have to do with each other? The answer in a moment.

First, a reminder: In April, I wrote in this national Creators Syndicate column that controversial Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney would likely lose her bid for re-election to a relatively unknown opponent in Georgia's Democratic 4th Congressional District contest.

McKinney now finds herself in a runoff and trailing Hank Johnson, who served as a local county commissioner, according to our latest InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion survey of that race.

In April, I noted that Washington insiders were too busy concentrating on whether McKinney would be charged for allegedly striking a Capitol policeman. They were missing the fact that McKinney's district, although heavily African-American, had proved in the past that when McKinney goes too far, they will vote her out. (It happened once before.)

In a desperate attempt to save McKinney, big-time national black leaders such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have voiced support for her. Nevertheless, I believe she will lose next Tuesday.

That's where the human-interest side of this story comes into play.

While my column is based out of Jacksonville, Florida, InsiderAdvantage is based in Atlanta, and we own the Southern Political Report, which is in Washington.

All of this is a roundabout way of explaining that, by location and a common past, I have known Cynthia McKinney and her father, former Georgia state legislator Billy McKinney, for many years.

While the Cynthia of today deserves her apparent political fate, the Cynthia I used to know, before national, professional malcontents got their claws into her, was a politician probably deserving of re-election.

Enter Juan Williams, Fox News TV analyst and National Public Radio senior correspondent.

His politics are hardly right-wing, and yet he has authored a new book, "Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America -- and What We Can Do About It."

Among other things, the book hits the Jacksons and Sharptons of this world right in the mouth with a good dose of common sense -- or what should be both socially and politically obvious.

Williams will undoubtedly face criticism from some who will call him America's newest "Uncle Tom." They will put him in a boat that is increasingly being filled by more and more fed-up black icons, such as comedian and superstar Bill Cosby.

So be it. The African-American journalist Williams has the credentials to withstand the criticism. I only hope that Cynthia McKinney will read the book. Here's why:


Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a former National Republican legislator of the year and author of Powerchicks: How Women Will Dominate America.
 
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