Skip to comments.JON CARROLL [The Myth Of Cindy Sheehan]
Posted on 02/03/2006 10:25:04 AM PST by SmithL
I do admire Cindy Sheehan. I like the way she used her moral authority to focus the attention on a single story of needless sacrifice, a single victim of the Bush administration's profligate and inept invasion of Iraq. Her standing as the mother of a soldier killed in the line of duty made her -- for a while -- not susceptible to the usual attacks from the right. When the sleek presidential motorcade whizzed past her small encampment in Crawford, Texas, it was a useful symbol for the decadent isolation of the Bush White House.
And so I say with all love: Cindy, back away from the fame machine. You are who you are, and you were great in that role, but you can't be someone else without a lot of work. And when things move too fast, you become a sock puppet, and easy to make fun of, and that hurts -- you, me, the cause, whatever. You could still be doing good, but right now, you're not helping. I have no idea whether you are leading the charge or following bad advice, but please, rethink the whole thing.
It all started when that encampment grew and grew. It became a kind of Woodstock for people with agendas. Inevitably, those agendas diluted and muddied the message, and pretty soon it became Camp Progressive Humans Against Globalization, Unsafe Logging Practices and American Policy in Burma. And then celebrities showed up, and we all had hot dogs and listened to Bruce Springsteen.
So somewhere, I think, Cindy Sheehan bought into the Cindy Sheehan myth. It happens. As my friend Carol Cantor says, "I think it's standard-issue (in the) left-wing activist's world, with the focus splintering into a multitude of passionate ineffectualities. She's done her bit and had her moment....
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They just can't MOVEON.
If Carroll is writing like this, the word has obviously gone forth from communist hq to dump Sheehan, ever so gently but firmly.
Yep, the challenge to DiFi put Sheehan over the top on the left. They are going to dump her.
She has already spent ALL of her political capital.
Professional writers should probably stay away from lazy use of "whatever".
Also, what is "the cause"? I'm guessing he means the Destruction of the West, but it would be helpful if he could spell out this noble cause for those of us who don't get Talking Points faxed to us each morning.
Is everyone named "john" without the "h" a commie, a queer or both?
Hopefully, in a political sense...
I love Cindy Sheehan. I am pushing to get her to run for Senate. Honest to God. I WANT her to be the face of the Dems for the next 10 years!!!!
How can anyone admire this 'useful idiot'? The only decent things she did:
-gave birth to Casey
-got out of the way and let another woman raise him
That's it. RIP Casey.
Personally, I hope she digs in her heels, plants her finger nails in the door frame, and will only leave when her handlers have to drag her away by her appendages. The surest way to get to the Left is to laugh at them, and lots of people are beginning to laugh at Mother Sheehan.
Not only has she abandoned her remaining children but I wonder how they feel when they read the bad press, satire and derision written about their mother.
Like most useless idiots, Sheehan has gotten drunk on the attention she achieved in Crawford. At first she drew sympathy. Now she is just pathetic.
The MSM will decide when Sheehan has spent all of her political capital.
She has political capital as long as they decide she does.
>>>I wish more people would make light of the fact that Cindy did not raise Casey, that Casey was raised by his step-mom. Cindy had only decided to become a mother when it was advantageous for her.>>>
Very interesting fact. Do you have details?
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