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Newsweek’s Latest Paean To Cindy Sheehan

From her love slaves at the ersatz news magazine Newsweek:

Sheehan is at a substantial disadvantage in funding but believes her human resources and antiwar message will help her topple the incumbent, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

The War At Home

Cindy Sheehan’s uphill battle.

Miyoko Ohtake

Mar 21, 2008

Cindy Sheehan barely fits into her “campaign limo,” her sister’s blue Hyundai Tiburon. She ducks low to avoid hitting her head on the way in, and her knees are nearly at her chest when she sits, even with the seat rolled all the way back. Traveling over the Oakland Bay Bridge, her campaign manager at the wheel–steering with one hand and scrolling through e-mails with the other–the 6-foot-tall antiwar activist turned congressional hopeful tries in vain to stretch out in the passenger seat. It’s raining when they pull into a parking spot near Berkeley City College, where Sheehan is about to give a speech, but she opens the window anyway; it’s the only way to exit the car. The interior handle is broken, so the door must be opened from the outside.

It’s not easy–but then little on Sheehan’s long and improbable journey to this place has been. When she first set up her lawn chair outside George W. Bush’s Texas ranch in the summer of 2005–a grief-stricken mother demanding to speak to the president about the death of her son Casey in Iraq–she had no idea how she would capture the media’s imagination and spark a movement. Her 26-day roadside vigil three years ago drew thousands of supporters to Crawford, Texas, and prompted marches and protests across the country. But her celebrity came with steep costs; divorce, heartbreak and exhaustion caused her to quit her antiwar activism in May 2007 to return home to Dixon, Calif., to mother her surviving children.

Her retirement didn’t last long. Earlier this year, Sheehan moved to San Francisco and filed to run as an independent against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom she blames–along with Bush–for perpetrating the war in Iraq. When Pelosi, a Democrat, refused to hold impeachment hearings against Bush last summer, the Speaker found herself in Sheehan’s cross hairs. “Her refusal to hold George Bush and Dick Cheney accountable is when I just said, ‘That’s it. We have to hold her accountable’,” Sheehan told NEWSWEEK at her San Francisco campaign headquarters…

Sheehan thinks she can persuade the city’s voters that Pelosi is a sellout. “She is a supporter of the status quo, the establishment and the elite,” Sheehan says.

Pelosi’s also got a massive advantage in resources going into the fight. Pelosi, whose spokesman declined comment on Sheehan’s challenge, had raised $1.6 million for her re-election campaign as of March 21. By contrast, Sheehan has raised $49,000 to date. Her strength, Sheehan says, lies in her human resources. “I’m superconfident we’re going to win because we have the people on our side,” Sheehan said. “With my name recognition, my face recognition, I can’t walk down the street without someone stopping me.” She has a campaign manager, a paid staff, armfuls of volunteers and a storefront office in the city’s gritty Mission district. The antiwar movement got a boost last month when Ralph Nader, announcing his 2008 presidential campaign, tapped a San Francisco politician, former city supervisor and Green Party mayoral candidate Matthew Gonzalez, as his running mate. Gonzalez endorsed Sheehan last December and has since been on board as an adviser and speaker at public events

The coming weeks are crucial. In order to secure a spot on the ballot in November, Sheehan must collect 3,000 signatures from registered voters in the district, beginning April 25, and submit them to the county elections office by July 24 or pay a $1,652 filing fee. By Aug. 8, Sheehan must submit 10,198 nomination signatures–3 percent of the number of registered voters in the Eighth District prior to the 2006 general elections. Her aides hope the compact nature of the terrain will help them reach that goal. “The advantage of being in the second-smallest district in the U.S. is that we will be able to literally walk every street and shake hands with each of the 600,000 constituents,” said Sheehan’s campaign manager, Tiffany Burns. But even if the door-knocking and hand-shaking convinces voters to cast their ballots against Pelosi, Sheehan will also need to persuade them that she is the best alternative to Republican candidate Dana Walsh, Libertarian Philip Berg and Democrat Shirley Golub, who is challenging Pelosi in the June primary.

Sheehan knows that her fortunes will turn largely on the way folks in the Eighth District feel about the war, a conflict whose artifacts–Casey’s military portrait, a picture of the Purple Heart he was awarded at his funeral, a congressional commendation from New York Rep. Charles Rangel–decorates Sheehan’s otherwise cheerfully painted yellow office. “If there’s any good to come out of Casey’s death, I hope it is to make this country the country he supposedly died for,” she said. Despite her busy schedule, Sheehan is still grieving her dead son. She cries in her office and again at dinner. She laments the fact that her grandson will never meet his Uncle Casey. Despite the activists who took to the streets Wednesday to protest the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq, polling from the presidential primaries has shown that the economy has become the leading issue in voters’ minds. Sheehan says this only helps her campaign: “Our tanking economy is directly connected to the war economy,” she says. “An economic-stimulus plan that no one’s talking about is bringing our troops home and putting that money into America.”

Sheehan declines to discuss what she’ll do if this campaign falls short. “I haven’t even looked that far,” Sheehan says. “I don’t put that negative energy into the universe because I’m pretty sure I’m already going to win. I’m already decorating my office in Washington, D.C., in my head.”

Newsweek gives the professionally grieving mother and America-hating yet another bouquet.

Note how the article does not have one untoward thing to say about their idol. That’s our hardworking watchdog media at work.

It’s odd, because we were just thinking how this was the first Easter in a while that we haven’t seen Cindy toting a cross. 

She has probably sworn off such hateful Christian imagery. And Allah knows she would never put any “negative energy into the universe.”

Still, we do have a soft spot for Cindy’s concubine campaign manager:

And like Newsweek, we find it hard to believe that no one is taking Mrs. Sheehan’s candidacy seriously.

Even though she hasn’t even managed to get on the ballot yet. — She’s been busy.

What with crying for the cameras, cheering on the terrorists, and decorating her DC office in her head.

(By the way, note the Freudian yellow streak running through her name on her campaign sign. That is something her hero son Casey never had.)

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, March 22nd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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