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Sunday, January 29, 2006
Cindy Sheehan shoots the shark

Cindy Sheehan has not just jumped the shark -- she has shot it in the head with buckshot and dragged it out of the beach house. Now, granted, I think the Iraq war was the biggest strategic blunder by any U.S. president since LBJ led us into Danang. And I supported this Iraq war mom in the beginning, having found her plaintive, solo protest outside George W. Bush's Texas ranch to be a poignant and meaninful statement about the losses suffered by a small percentage of Americans in this war. I also thought Team Bush erred by not having the president meet with her (remember that shot Bush's motorcade speeding past Sheehan and her supporters on his Crawford ranch last summer? Not a good look.)

But that was then. Now, Cindy Sheehan appears to have taken leave of whatever good sense God at some point surely must have given her. What in the name of God is she doing roaming around Venezuela, cuddling up to leftist dictator in training Hugo Chavez, and getting his endorsement for her next round of protests, not to mention her apparent bid to oust Diane Feinstein in the United States Senate (here's Sheehan's postcard from the edge, courtesy of Little Green Footballs, in which she threatens via a press release, to "challenge Feinstein's seat" if she doesn't agree to lead a fillibuster of Sam Alito -- also here for verification purposes is the version from AfterDowningStreet.org.) It reads in part:
Caracas, Venezuela – Gold star mother Cindy Sheehan has decided to run against California Senator Diane Feinstein if Feinstein does not filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel Alito. While in Venezuela attending the World Social Forum, Sheehan learned that several Democratic Senators had announced their plans for a filibuster but that Senator Feinstein, who’s up for re-election in November, had stated she would vote against the nomination but not filibuster it. "I’m appalled that Diane Feinstein wouldn’t recognize how dangerous Alito’s nomination is to upholding the values of our constitution and restricting the usurpation of presidential powers, for which I’ve already paid the ultimate price," Sheehan said.
If this sounds like a big non-sequitor to you, permit me to join you in a great big "... huh???" What in the God's name does Samuel Alito have to do with Sheehan's son dying in Iraq? Isn't this what we call "losing the plot...?"

In addition to Chavez, Sheehan has hooked up with Medea Benjamin, the Global Exchange founder and Code Pink activist who remains an ardent supporter of the other Hugo Chavez; Fidel Castro. ... Earth to Cindy, assuming you're still here on the planet: permission to blast off to the far-away planet of our choosing. Go grieve in private for your son. Right now, you're embarrasing yourself and proving every right winger's point about the far left being totally freaking insane. (You're also forcing me to use the same Yahoo! pic as Michelle Malkin, and to agree with her on something, for which I actually hate you...)

I've had a few run-ins with dyed in the wool lefties who with a straight face will tell you that Fidel is a misunderstood victim of American aggression and that his "revolution" is something that American workers should long to see replicated. I remember arguing into the wee hours of the morning with one such Fidelista during the Kerry campaign -- and we were, at least for the purposes of the election -- on the same side (working for the same 527). Now I feel like I'm seeing her replicated on CNN, live from Caracas and Crawford... and that's not a good look, either...

Related: Jesus, Mary and Joseph I actually agree with Rob Port... (especially this sentence: "If ever there were a group of people who needed to heed the warning "Be careful what you wish for lest you receive it," it is the American socialists.") I sure hope he agrees that allowing the feds to spy on our phonecalls without a warrant is muy Castroista as well ...

Updated note: Pat Buchanan agreed with me on the war and on Sheehan way back in August of '05... my doubts about her started to escalate right about here...)

Great line alert: Ok, ok, no more winger links, but you've got to admit this post is pretty damned funny ("Say "NO TO CAPITALISM!" or, BUY OUR SHIRTS! . . .or our, um, pins. . . or this crap. . .")

Update: Matt O (Not Iglesias. My bad, Matt...) at Second Civil War has Diane Feinstein's way too frantic reaction to Mother Cindy's possible Senate challenge. And he makes the very good point that Ms. Sheehan's one issue candidacy is something of an affront to those who have formed, shall we say, more complete views on politics...

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