October 17, 2005

Cindy Sheehan.

No one talks about her anymore. Have you noticed?

UPDATE: Good discussion in the comments, with many suggesting that Sheehan was marginalized for saying too many things that did not fit the specific needs of Democrats. Ironic -- isn't it? -- that she was useful precisely because she is a real person, but proved unusable because she is a real person. I'll give her credit for being more than a political tool. She said what she thought, a lot of which was flaky. It's an interesting lesson for politicos who are thinking of making a real person the centerpiece of a campaign.

55 comments:

Steven said...

Nope.

Richmond said...

Yes, I have noticed. And I am thankful....

reader_iam said...

Yep.

For the general public, I think she'd already exceeded her 15 minutes of fame--and her general welcome--when other events overtook her. I think people welcomed the opportunity to avert their eyes from the train wreck her personal fame was becoming, poor woman.

But she's still alive and well at the Huffington Post ... and, at least in the parts where I live, among some parts of the political spectrum. She's just not getting the mainstream press.

Brando said...

While her personal story has subsided, her larger mission of questioning the naked and clue-phoneless emperor, which is even being championed by many on the right, is alive and growing. And the specific issue of "what noble cause?" in Iraq is far from dead.

Steve Donohue said...

It's amazing how a little active liberty in Iraq and actual news like, oh, Huricane Katrina, completely wiped away the story. If I recall, the Rosa Parks situation didn't fall apart as soon as the next news cycle came along, showing the absolute idiocy of the comparison in the first place.

Rick said...

I suppose everyone is more interested in which Bush Administration official is going to be indicted first.

Funny that.

Charlie Eklund said...

Yes, I've noted Sheehan's absence with quiet pleasure.

However...Ann...that article you linked to. Criminey. The things that get published these days. Do you think that the writer of that piece considers punctuation to be optional? I found the absent quotation marks and apostrophes to be extremely distracting. So distracting, in fact, that I was unable to enjoy the story of Sheehan's fall from the public eye nearly as much as I would have in a properly punctuated piece.

Unfair!

Guy Murray said...

She may have; however, her son, and many more sons and daughters, are still dead. And, the war is still wrong on a myriad of levels

starboardside said...

Thank god.That woman was giving me nightmares,what a pudding head.

Charlie (Colorado) said...

Talks about who?

protein wisdom said...

Actually, here's a recent Sheehan spotting.

justanotherschmo said...

She has just as much right to publicicity as the 400,000 + mothers of WWII fallen heroes did. After all, everyone of them got their non-stop media attention and each had a meeting with the president.

Andrew said...

Shhh! Don't jinx it.

The Drill SGT said...

Andrew beat me to it.

sssh!. Let her go quietly into the night.

She had more than her 15 minutes of fame

Sonic said...

She started the anti-war movement'comeback, now there are tens of thousands more who agree with her.

Whats up Anne, still trying to work out why your usual smear campiagn failed? perhaps we are all getting wise to the old-right's old tricks.

MutinousDoug said...

Yeah, but didn't Bagdad Jane's tour dates conflict? Or something?

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Michael Pate said...

It took me a moment to remember who you were talking about.

C. Schweitzer said...

I love this line from the article to which Ann links: "John Sellers, director of the Ruckus Society — an Oakland-based nonprofit which teaches activists how to effectively communicate their message."

A "nonprofit which teaches activists how to . . . communicate"? Good God these people are losers who have no lives. Can you imagine what sitting in on one of these classes would be like?

It sounds like a satire of liberalism.

L. Ron Halfelven said...

If Mother Sheehan were applying for that Gender Studies job her pronoun would be "Who?"

RebeccaH said...

I wasn't interested in her before. I'm not interested in her now.

Tyler said...

She launched an attack on Hillary and poof -- disappeared from the radar screen.

I'm really glad she's gone what a tool.

EddieP said...

Good riddance. Any mother that would denigrate her son for doing what he fervently believed in, was, is, and shall forever be, a disgrace to humanity.

Tony said...

Cindy who?

Matt Brown said...

She's all over the place on Michael Moore's website. Looking at it makes you wonder, where would he be if she hadn't become a media darling?

Ray said...

The end of the article says "...she said she must atone until her dying day for her sin: Not having stood up to oppose the war until after her son died."

Curious. I thought I it was clear that Sheehan opposed the war well before her son died. But we should not let facts get in the way of a sympathetic news article, should we?

F15C said...

Sonic... said: "She started the anti-war movement'comeback, now there are tens of thousands more who agree with her."

And that is an accomplishment? Geez, a lefty could fart in a puddle on TV and get 'tens of thousands more who agree with' them and slobber at their feet for ten or fifteen media-minutes - but they won't effect history.

There were millions of leftists in the streets a couple of years ago. Even in those numbers they had no real, lasting effect. And today? Most of them are in the constant drooling phase of advanced BDS, and going to physical therapy twice a week to treat paralytic compassionate head tilt syndrome.

Ms. Sheehan farted on the dying embers of that movement causing a minor flare-up amongst the ashes. She then turned around and pissed on that tiny flame with her bone-head pronouncements (occupied New Orleans, etc.), and her growing, obvious, and pathetic narcissism.

Stick a fork in it - it's dead. Again.

Brando said...

Stick a fork in it - it's dead.

F15c, sorry to let you down, but I think you're referring to the republican revolution.

Clyde said...

Mother Moonbat got his 16th minute at those antiwar rallies in Washington a few weeks ago. After this past weekend's successful constitutional election in Iraq, Mother Moonbat doesn't get a 17th minute, and thank the god of your parents' choice for that.

I loved that article's headline: "Peace Mom Slips From Public Stage." I hope she didn't injure herself.

AST said...

I thought that fifteen minutes would never end. The pundits who said it was due to the fact that August doesn't have any news because everybody is out of Washington may have been right.

Damian P. said...

She's still posting at the Huffington Post blog. Her most recent one thrashes Dubya and his "war monsters" for never saying a darned thing about "freedom and democracy" in the build-up to, um, Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Korla said...

I notice the MSM never, ever mentioned the contingent of neo-nazis that came to support her.

Goesh said...

Thanks for the memory, Ms. Ann. I had forgotten all about her. She had her moment in the sun, then became a shadow, sort of like the hoola-hoop. You remember those, don't you? Cindy kept spinning the same message around and around herself.

Diggs said...

Let's not forget Cindy "Casey who?" Sheehan so quickly. Of the nearly 2000 Gold-Star Mothers from OIF, the lefties latched onto a raving anti-Semite, pure America-hater. That shouldn't be swept under the rug too quickly. In fact, it should be brought up again, and again. I think that she should be given a chance to speak at every opportunity. Her whole message belies the "We Support the Troops" bull that the lefties are so quick to spout. She got her national media attention through our sympathy for her loss and respect for her son's service. Let her use that public forum to spread her hatred; it's what the left is best at now, and she's been embraced by the left wholeheartedly.

Pogo said...

Ah Cindy, what a sad, strange woman, off to the Land of Misfit Former 15 Minute Celebrities.

I wonder when she'll figure out that she's being used by the Left? She's been let in to be with the popular kids for awhile, while it suits them, but will soon be ignored in the hallway and sitting at the loser table at lunch.

I predict she'll either go mad, or get religion. (A book would be a truly pathetic cry for help, with its remainder markings, in the leprous book bin at Wal-Mart. Don't do it Cindy! Put the keyboard Down!)

sammy small said...

Isn't it about time for a Cindy vs. Tanya Harding boxing match?

Juan Paxety said...

Thankfully, there is an update on Cindy's whereabouts and recent political activities. Thanks to Paxety correspondent Mahone Dunbar's awesome skill at remote viewing, it can be found at: http://www.paxety.simmonsphotos.com/Archive/20050929NewsTomorrowSheeh.html

Former Belgian said...

This anti-semite loonbat addressed a YOM KIPPUR service? At a "synagogue" in San Francisco?

Lemme guess, this is the crowd of the "false prophet on health sandals", the so-called "rabbi" Michael Lerner and his gang? If this guy's outfit is a synagogue then I am the pope and Ron Jeremy is a rabbi :-)

Cucciball said...

Funny how Ms. Sheehan disappeared immediately after bashing Senator Hillary Clinton. Hmmmm...I wonder if there's a connection there.

Screw Cindy and her militant pack of lesbians. If I was her son, I'd die too.

Drew W said...

Thanks, Ann, for reminding us of a character who seems to be fading from the media limelight faster than Yahoo Serious.

And thanks, Guy, for inadvertently tipping your Vietnam-hangover hat by referring to adults who joined the military of their own free will as the "sons and daughters" one would cite back in the era of the military draft (now thoughtfully updated to include women).

And, finally, thanks to Sonic's Place, for enacting the loser-left's worst inclinations by decrying a dreadfully unfair "smear campaign" and ascribing the motives of an insidious right-winger to someone who's obviously nothing of the sort.

JBlog said...

A truly tragic person. In her grief at the loss of her son, she lost her entire family.

I feel sorry for her.

Monkeydarts said...

The left and their handmaiden press used her and when through kicked her to the curb. The anti-American war protest crowd would still be using her but the press dropped her so she became useless. The press dropped her the day after she called their own personal hero, McCain, a warmonger.

spacemonkey said...

Of all the things she's lost I wonder if she even misses her mind.

arminius said...

Maybe she's off searching for the real killers.

JBlog said...

I actually don't blame her -- if any of us lost a child, he might lose his mind too.

We expect people who are crazy with grief to say crazy things -- that doesn't mean we take what they say seriously, but we expect it and we even give them room to do it.

But I blame the vultures and leeches in the antiwar movement and the media who have exploited her grief, turning her into a carnival act. It's cruel.

So much for liberals being so much more sensitive and caring than the rest of us.

Simon said...

It seems to me that the only reason she got any play in the first palce was that it was summer and there was simply no other news. The moment there was news that was interesting in the slightest, she was relegated to her natural place on the food chain, which is to say: no where.

Here is a woman who callously manipulated her son's death to advance her political cause. The part that is really bemusing is why anyone on the left - who, presumably, are keen to lose the "hysterical" part of their "hysterical liberal" tag - felt like it was a good idea to identify with her.

chuck b. said...

Luck you. She's still in the news in the bay area. Someone's protesting her scheduled appearance at a Veteran's Day memorial in Berkeley. Someone's calling the protest censorship.

Kill me now.

Jim C. said...

Brando said, "...her larger mission of questioning the naked and clue-phoneless emperor, which is even being championed by many on the right, is alive and growing. And the specific issue of 'what noble cause?' in Iraq is far from dead."

Only in that echo chamber you mistake for reality. Talk about "clue-phoneless"!

BTD_Venkat said...

Oh I'm sorry, I thought you were talking about Katrina.

midwest mama said...

The only people Cindy "attracted" to the movement were people who were already there, consisting of professional protesters and agitators and their otherwise unemployed hangers-on. They live in an echo chamber, so they think their movement is growing. It isn't, and they aren't winning sympathy from the rest of America. It's not 1968 anymore, thank God.

Dhun said...

Guy said

"And, the war is still wrong on a myriad of levels"


Such myriad levels as....?

larrythree said...

i agree cindy,s time is over. she is not featured on the news anymore. bill oreilly has sworn to end any coverage on her.the latest michael moore web page does not qote her directly

larrythree said...

i see that cindy sheehan is back in crawford.waiting for pres. bush. doesnt she under stand that her vigils dont draw very much public or news atttention any more larry

larrythree said...

i see that cindy and her gang of 20 are proud of their arrests.they are definitly not in the same league as Mahatma Ghandi or Nelson Mandela in civil disobedience. these men suffered long years in prison.cindy thinks she is bold in not paying a fine

larrythree said...

bill oreilly reports that anne coulter and cindy sheehan will be speaking at the uconn campus on consecutive nights. will cindy have anything to new to say,or just the usual ranting. anne coulter has an interesting take on politics. she would eat cindy alive in a debate larry