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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

How to fill the impending kook void

Our friends at CNN are looking ahead and they are concerned that when the Cindy Sheehan show finally leaves town there will be nobody to replace her:

Who will be the next mother of a fallen soldier to confront the president? Surely this question vexes Bush, who calculates that talking to Sheehan just opens the floodgates to dozens, if not hundreds, of other mother/activists demanding to be seen, and heard.


To help things along, CNN has appealed to..er..suggested some possible candidates:

Will it be Celeste Zappala of Philadelphia, whose son Sherwood died in Baghdad on April 26, 2004? Will it be Jean Prewitt of Birmingham, Ala., whose son Kelly was killed in action during the first few weeks of the war in Iraq? Or Barbara Porchia of Camden, Ark., whose son Jonathan was killed in action in Baghdad on July 26, 2003? All three women are listed on the antiwar Veterans for Common Sense website as supporters of Sheehan and opponents of the war. Whether one of them becomes the next Cindy Sheehan remains to be seen.


Oh but they can still dream...

On another note, there is some counter activity stirring:

Meanwhile, the Right plans more anti-Sheehan pushback. The pro-Bush group, Move America Forward, will conduct the "You Don't Speak for Me, Cindy" caravan beginning next week. It will feature military family members who have loved ones serving in the war against terrorism in Iraq or Afghanistan. The delegation will be led by Deborah Johns of a group called Northern California Marine Moms. Johns will lead the caravan to Crawford, where she and Move Chairman Melanie Morgan will lead a "We Support Our Troops and Their Mission" rally on Saturday.


Semper Fi! More power to you Ms. Johns.

Of course, you won't see this rally on TV and this is probably the last you will hear about it. In fact, CNN has now terminated the reporter who let this slip out and has fired off a legal letter to me demanding that I erase all knowlege of this rally from my memory. I'm not budging.

Now... what was I talking about?