Monday August 29, 2005
THE LIMITS OF CINDY SHEEHAN'S COMPASSION:
Hmm. Cindy Sheehan is "starting to lose a little compassion" for mothers who have lost their sons or daughters in Iraq but continue to support the mission and to honor their childrens' sacrifice. Indeed, sweet Cindy goes so far as to label this group of fellow grief-stricken women as the "'continue the murder and mayhem" moms," saying they've been "brainwashed" into supporting Bush's "insane war" for "greed and power."

One might be inclined to find more than a touch of irony in Sheehan's brainwashing claim, given that it comes from a woman we now know has spent years marinating in (and whose current media extravaganza is supported by) some of the most extreme elements of the ideological left that are both anti-military and anti-Semitic.

Be that as it may, with Hurricane Katrina dominating the headlines for the foreseeable future the Sheehan circus looks to be finally past its media apogee. Responsible Democrats everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief, because with the recent addition of sideshows Al Sharpton and Martin Sheen the circus has also shed what little remained of its mainstream credibility.

Republicans can only hope Democrats take leave of their senses when Cindy rolls into Washington D.C. in a couple of weeks and hold a press conference with her on the steps of the Capitol. Just like the Congressional Dems' screening of Fahrenheit 9/11 and the royal treatment given Michael Moore at the DNC, it would be the signature political mistake of a party that continues to misread the hearts and minds of the public. People may be understandably frustrated with the pace of progress in Iraq, but that doesn't mean they'll embrace the idea of celebrating a woman supported by groups who want to see America - but this president in particular - fail and be humiliated in Iraq.

BLOWBACK: Novelist Salman Rushdie gave the execrable George Galloway a spanking yesterday for saying that broadcasters who are producing a small-screen adaptation of The Satanic Verses should expect "blowback" if they don't show sufficient sensitivity to other people's religion. - T. Bevan 8:45 am Link | Email | Send To A Friend



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