Thursday, September 22, 2005

The kook gets her audience

NewsMax tells us that anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan will soon be meeting up with with several liberal politicians in Washington during her national tour -- among them Senator Hillary Clinton:

2008 presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and John McCain have agreed to meet with anti-American war protester Cindy Sheehan when Sheehan travels to Washington, D.C. this weekend to cap her national tour.

Sheehan has meetings scheduled with an array of left-wing Democratic officeholders, including Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi and Henry Waxman - as well as Clinton and McCain, the Village Voice reported Thursday.

Sen. Clinton's decision to meet with Sheehan flies in the face of her attempts to reposition herself as a pro-defense Democrat - although lately she's been scrambling to appeal to her party's left-wing base.

The McCain meeting, however, is completely inexplicable.

On August 24, the Tucson Citizen asked McCain if President Bush was right not to meet with Sheehan.

His response? "If I was president of the United States, I probably wouldn't."

The same day, McCain told the Arizona Star that Sheehan "is probably being used" by anti-war groups.

More troubling still: both Clinton and McCain's office's are no doubt aware of the long list of anti-American statements uttered by Sheehan since she lost her son in Iraq last year.

The highlights:

• "America has been killing people on this continent since it was started. This country is not worth dying for..."

• "We have this lying bastard, George Bush, taking a 5-week vacation in a time of war."

• "When I was growing up, it was Communists. Now it's Terrorists. So you always have to have somebody to fight and be afraid of, so the war machine can build more bombs, guns, and bullets and everything."

• "You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you'll stop the terrorism."

• "Thank God for the Internet, or we wouldn't know anything, and we would already be a fascist state."

• "George Bush needs to stop talking, admit the mistakes of his all around failed administration, pull our troops out of occupied New Orleans."

• "They’re not waging a War on Terror but a War of Terror. The biggest terrorist is George W. Bush."

Do these officeholders really want to align themselves with this? They would do well to consider the political implications here as hanging out with Sheehan would be akin to hanging out with Abbey Hoffman.