Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Wa, wa, wa, wa.

I'm sad to admit that I think this is good news.

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Cindy Sheehan, the soldier's mother who galvanized an anti-war movement with her monthlong protest outside President Bush's ranch, said Tuesday she's done being the public face of the movement.

I like Cindy Sheehan and am thankful for her initial efforts to end the war and the gold star families for peace, but she's simply become too much of a distraction and is actually detracting from the peace movement's cause at this date, IMHO.

I've had to check myself quite a bit to make sure I'm not internalizing the Right's caricature of Sheehan. Conservatives hate her guts and love to use the same sort of "moonbat" comments that they regularly toss at the likes of Michael Moore and Al Gore, usually built on the given that outspoken liberal icons are crazy by definition. Don't bother asking them why. All grown-ups are difficult to understand if you're Charlie Brown.

But in this case Sheehan really has done some crazy, counterproductive stuff that has hurt the movement to end the war. Her comments that hurricane Rita was no big deal, protest blocking access to the U.N. last year and pseudo hunger-strike are just some examples of a rather self-distructive personality that is not media savvy.

I wish her well and continue to hold out hope that the broader anti-war movement get it's act together and realize that the overall goal of ending the war isn't always compatible with saying the first thing that comes into your mouth or getting oneself arrested. Times have changed.


Swinebread said...

She seemed to go about it the wrong way

Don Snabulus said...

Not everyone recognizes when their 15 minutes of fame expires...Sheehan did.

Overdroid said...

Now if we could just replace the Democratic congress with credible people.

Dean Wormer said...




I'd say longer than fifteen for her but that's splitting hairs.