January 11, 2007
Yeah, Do ya?
Remember Cindy Sheehan?
January 6, 2007; Page A6
When Cindy Sheehan became a celebrity for her "peace" vigil outside President Bush's Texas ranch in 2005, the antiwar left hailed her as a heroine. A DailyKos.com blogger anointed her "Mother Sheehan, ... the bringer of life who has been wronged by state power." A mainstream media columnist proclaimed that "the moral authority of parents who bury children killed in Iraq is absolute." Even before Mrs. Sheehan became a media darling, minority House Democrats called her as a witness at a June 2005 hearing about Britain's so-called Downing Street Memos.
Well, she's their problem now. On Wednesday members of the new House majority tried to hold a press conference to discuss their legislative priorities, but a group of hecklers, led by Mrs. Sheehan and chanting, "De-escalate, investigate, troops home now," forced Representative Rahm Emanuel to shut it down. Thursday, Representative Louise Slaughter was treated to an encore, although her press conference was merely delayed 45 minutes. "I was a little perplexed about why they were protesting us," Ms. Slaughter said.
She shouldn't be perplexed, for Mrs. Sheehan is not just the grieving mom of media lore, or even a liberal war opponent. She is an outright anti-American activist, who has called the U.S. a "morally repugnant system," said that "this country is not worth dying for," and during Hurricane Katrina demanded that the President "pull our troops out of occupied New Orleans," among many similar utterances.
Many who once lionized "Mother Sheehan" have simply gone mum. We found few comments about her latest antics on the left-wing blogs. It's heartening to realize that her erstwhile backers were motivated by partisanship, not hatred of country.
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