Greens Nominate “Jihad Cindy”

On the weekend of July 12-13, the U. S. Green Party nominated Cynthia McKinney, the former Georgia congresswoman, for president at the party’s convention in Chicago. Her vice-presidential running mate is Rosa Clemente, an independent journalist and Hip Hop activist from South Bronx, New York (two black females… not a lot of diversity on that ticket). Clemente is also identified as a “community organizer”– where have we heard that term before?

Comrade McKinney, a former Democrat who now lives in Oakland, California, thus becomes the second former U. S. House member from Georgia to win a minor party’s presidential nomination this year. The other is Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party’s nominee and an ex-Republican.

McKinney is also the second candidate with the nickname “Jihad Cindy,” as anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan recently qualified to run as an independent against U. S. House speaker Nancy “San Fran Nan” Pelosi (who is evidently too conservative for Comrade Sheehan).

Sheehan has been endorsed in the U. S. House race by the Green Party and the Peace and Freedom Party. She will likely out-poll the Republican nominee, since no GOP candidate has gotten more than 18 percent against the Democrat Pelosi. A Libertarian candidate is also running.

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