In New Orleans, when William Jefferson was caught with $90,000 in the freezer, the voters had an opportunity to replace him with a Republican. Hardly anyone had heard of Joseph Cao. He was a Republican in a district dominated by Democrats. He was a Vietnamese-American in a heavily African-American district.
However, the voters refused to follow the one-party script, and sent Jefferson packing. The odds of Cao being re-elected may be slim and none, but it was clear the voters in NOLA were willing to look past party lines when they had to do so.
Contrast that to the voters in Georgia’s 4th Congressional District, who were inflicted with Cynthia McKinney, but insisted on solving the problem among the Democrats eight years ago. As a result, they got her back in 2004. They still took the primary option, and replaced her with Hank Johnson.
Well, Ace of Spades tells us where that got them: the voters of Georgia 4 will forever be known as the folks who elected a man convinced the island of Guam could “tip and capsize.”
Loyalty to the Democrats rewarded!