There are a couple of stories that I haven't had the time or mental energy to focus on since I've been trying to help push the Air America story into the foreground, but now that it seems we're having some success in that area, I intend to start focusing on them.
The first is this Cindy Sheehan woman. Now, I'm assuming that most of you have heard of her by now, but in case you haven't, here are the basic facts of her case. Sheehan's son, Casey Sheehan, was killed in Iraq over a year ago. After the death of her son, President Bush visited the Sheehans at Fort Lewis (Washington state). Of this visit, Ms. Sheehan originally said this:
"'I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis,' Cindy said after their meeting. 'I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith.'
"The meeting didn't last long, but in their time with Bush, Cindy spoke about Casey and asked the president to make her son's sacrifice count for something. They also spoke of their faith.
"The trip had one benefit that none of the Sheehans expected.
"For a moment, life returned to the way it was before Casey died. They laughed, joked and bickered playfully as they briefly toured Seattle.
For the first time in 11 weeks, they felt whole again.
"'That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,' Cindy said."
Well. Now, she is saying this:
In an interview on CNN, she claimed Bush "acted like it was party" when she met him last year.
"It was -- you know, there was a lot of things said. We wanted to use the time for him to know that he killed an indispensable part of our family and humanity. And we wanted him to look at the pictures of Casey.
"He wouldn't look at the pictures of Casey. He didn't even know Casey's name. He came in the room and the very first thing he said is, 'So who are we honoring here?' He didn't even know Casey's name. He didn't want to hear it. He didn't want to hear anything about Casey. He wouldn't even call him 'him' or 'he.' He called him 'your loved one.'
Every time we tried to talk about Casey and how much we missed him, he would change the subject. And he acted like it was a party.
BLITZER: Like a party? I mean...
SHEEHAN: Yes, he came in very jovial, and like we should be happy that he, our son, died for his misguided policies. He didn't even pretend like somebody...
Well, predictably, the left is using this woman to trot out their cause that Bush is a liar, the war is immoral and unjustified, Bush lied, kids died, ad nauseam. She's been featured just about daily on Michael Moore's website for a while, done columns for Common Dreams, etc. The point is, a bunch of moonbats. That is not bothersome.
What is bothersome is that with relatively little prodding, she has also become the darling of every other major media outlet, including the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, the list could go on, but suffice it to say that it includes pretty much everyone.
Let me just say it. I've got no respect for this woman and the way she is behaving. Her son volunteered, and re-enlisted to fight in the army. Part of being in the army is that sometimes you get sent into combat zone. Sometimes, in combat zones, people get killed. That's sort of why they're called "combat zones".
This woman would have a much stronger case to make if her son were drafted, but he wasn't. And for her to align herself with the anti-war, military-hating freakshow that she is carting around behind her is an absolute disgrace.
One other thing I'll say about her. In her column today at Michael Moore's website, Ms. Sheehan said the following:
November 2, 2004 was not his accountability moment: today is.
Apparently, she doesn't like Democracy in the United States any more than she likes it in Iraq. Perhaps she can visit Iran sometimes, where elections really are inconsequential and the will of the people expressed in choosing their leaders is irrelevant.
Because here, these moonbats he ample opportunity to make their "Bush lied, kids died," case - and lost.