. . . Thursday August 18, 2005

The Sheehan Mirror

As far as one-person political protests go, Cindy Sheehan’s is pretty damn effective. She really leaves Bush (who is a political master) with his hands tied. The best thing he can do, politically speaking, is to walk out to the street and give Sheehan a hug. But that is impossible. If he does that, he’ll have a line of protesters for every topic out there waiting in line.

But ultimately, the Sheehan protest tells us more about ourselves than it does about the principle characters involved.

First, we see the intense contempt and hate that is thrown across the aisle by extremists and pundits on both sides. Just pathetic. I could quote folks here, but why, you know this song by now.

Second, we’ve seen how the Sheehan story has pushed Iraq back into the headlines and stirred up unanswered questions. But you have to wonder, how can we be in a war and not have really been that focused on it during the pre-Sheehan months?

Quick, name the top issues being debated when it comes to the Iraqi Constitution…

We’ve grown bored with what is supposedly the struggle of an era.

But we ain’t too bored to blast away at Cindy Sheehan.

Concentration is important!