January 29, 2006
Two Words to Make the Democrats Quake: Cindy Sheehan
By Pepper of the Daily Pepper
This announcement is more than enough to send a rumble through DiFi's base:
In a move that dang near trumps Kerry's call of a filibuster from #@$%# Switzerland, Dianne Feinstein pulled an about-face and is now calling for a filibuster:
Sheehan earlier had criticized Feinstein for not immediately backing a filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.
Feinstein announced on Friday that would in fact support that filibuster, the same day Sheehan issued a statement saying she would run against the senator if she didn't take a harder line.
Is it Kerry's mobilization that has pushed Feinstein to move against Alito? No. It's more likely the realization that the looming Peace Momma could seriously damper Feinstein's fundraising prospects.
I have no illusions that Alito can be stopped at the last minute, but I was shocked at how easily DiFi - the only woman on the Senate Judiciary Committee - rolled over when it came to Alito. She represents a liberal state, full of liberal women who might, I don't know, like to see their rights preserved.
Of course, Sheehan has been in Vanity Fair and is hanging out with Hugo Chavez, so her chances of being taken seriously are slim, but many people who supported Feinstein because she was a Democrat are disillusioned. Catherine of Poverty Barn wrote DiFi a scathing open letter, and Sheehan could walk off with a sizable chunk of DiFi's base. Methinks Sheehan gave DiFi just the scare she so richly deserves.
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If Sheehan runs I will vote for her in the primary. Feinstein has voted against my interests too many times to get a free ride in the primary. That being said, my Yellow Dog Democrat leanings would force me to vote for Feinstein in the general election (assuming she beat Cindy).
Posted by: Hank | Jan 29, 2006 5:53:13 PM
Cindy would be lost in the Senate, and as much as I respect the loss of her son, and her use of the Whitehouse press corps during the boring month of August, everything she has done since then has been awful, and her voice just grates on me.
Posted by: jbou | Jan 29, 2006 6:07:26 PM
If Sheehan runs, she will lose. Even ultra-blue San Francisco has elected the candidate more center than left in the last two mayoral elections; there's no way someone further to the left of DiFi will win statewide.
Posted by: fiat lux | Jan 29, 2006 9:10:03 PM
For reasons I can't explain, Cindy Sheehan annoys me to no end.
Posted by: tmc | Jan 29, 2006 10:12:08 PM
Feinstein? A pro-war, pro-business, pro-death penalty, pro-NAFTA, pro-defence-of-marriage, pro-flag-amendment 'Democrat'? If she's the best we can do in California, God help us.
Seriously, there's no way Cindy Sheehan could be worse than Feinstein. Hell, even John Kerry's gotten a few more right than Feinstein.
Posted by: Darius the Lesser | Jan 29, 2006 11:20:29 PM
Heh....now *THAT* is a truly hilarious thought. Cindy Sheehan in the Senate. No experience, no nothing. And what qualifies her in the minds of these loons? She hates BUSH. That's pretty much it!
Entertainment is truly where you find it!
Posted by: Fred Jones | Jan 30, 2006 12:46:00 PM
I find it odd that people would give Sheehan any more credit beyond her intial salvo. Her time on the national scene should be over. Thanks for being there when America needed you, Cindy, we appreciate it. But seriously, your opinion about other issues matters very little.
Posted by: Adrock | Jan 30, 2006 1:22:12 PM
Thanks for being there when America needed you, Cindy, we appreciate it. But seriously, your opinion about other issues matters very little.
Shorter Adrock: Sheehan was a tool, and little else.
Posted by: Fred Jones | Jan 30, 2006 3:13:30 PM
Puh-lease.... Feinstein holds one of the safest seats in the Senate. No way does Sheehan have that kind of clout. I'm as pro-left and anti-Bush as anyone who ever comments here, but it is long past time for Cindy Sheehan to get off the stage.
Posted by: Nonplussed | Jan 30, 2006 3:35:07 PM
All true about Sheehan. She's not a valid contender. But the mere fact that she is pondering running suggests that Feinstein shouldn't be feeling comfortable. As far as I'm concerned, Feinstein doesn't deserve to feel comfortable after the way she's sold out the women of California and then conveniently decided to support the filibuster at the last minute.
Posted by: Pepper | Jan 31, 2006 12:48:22 AM
I remember predicting on this blog several months back that Sheehan would disappear from the news by November. (Or somewhere around there.)
It's looking like the Demorats might have preferred it that way. What a mess.
Posted by: Mastiff | Jan 31, 2006 3:20:48 PM
Dems were happy enough to utilize her has their attack dog. Now, she just makes them look sillier and loonier.
Posted by: Fred Jones | Feb 2, 2006 2:10:17 PM
Posted by: judy | Sep 29, 2007 9:45:46 AM
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