Showing no interest in Cindy Sheehan's "Impeachment Tour" as the dinner hour approaches, Tiny and Baby focus, trancelike, listening for the magic incantation: "Want your suppers?"
"She clearly doesn't understand that it was her son's choice to enlist and to serve, and her current behavior is dishonoring her son," writes Ann Althouse reader Joan of Oasis of Sanity -- in the comments to Ann's Cindy Sheehan post -- putting her finger on exactly what's wrong at the twisted heart of this sad tale. Cindy's the "mother of a fallen U.S. soldier" who set up a "quiet roadside peace vigil" near the vacationing GW's Crawford ranch, "drawing supporters from across the nation" . . . "the Rosa Parks of the anti-war movement," hyperventilated one fan. Can you hear the violins? The purple prose,* plucked from the AP story this morning, exemplifies the MSM's apparent lack of curiosity about the story behind the story of Cindy's "Impeachment Tour." She "says she was surprised at the response," the credulous AP reporter dutifully noted, accepting her words at face value.
Unless you've had your ear pressed to the rail of the blogosphere for the last period of time, you'd never know that old Cindy's been mixing it up with the pathological wing of the anti-Bush "peace" movement for some time now. She "testified" -- together with serial liar Joseph C. Wilson IV -- in Rep. John Conyers's fake Downing Street Memo hearings last June. Self-proclaimed "far left" blogger Shakespeare's Sister eagerly emailed members of The Big Brass Alliance earlier this week alerting them that this was their big chance -- at last! -- to finally "get" Bush:
I've been asked by several members of the alliance to request a blogswarm, to bring attention to Cindy's attempts to meet with the president while he vacations in Crawford, and I believe that Cindy's goal of calling attention to holding the president accountable is exactly in line with our intent, so I'm asking that anyone who has the time please write about Cindy's efforts.
Then MoveOn, picking up the scent of rotting meat, flew in, lining up a two-page spread to bash the President this Sunday in the local paper. An email from "Tom, MoveOn moms Carrie, Marika, and Joan and the entire MoveOn.org Political Action Team" outlined their strategy:
We're asking moms (and dads, siblings, spouses and kids) from all across America to help send a message by signing our letter of support to Cindy.
If we can help Cindy capture the focus of the country for even a couple of days we will sear into the memory of the public the image of the grieving mother -- morally pure reminder of the ultimate reason to end the war: the lost sons and daughters of moms everywhere.
"After yesterday's blog posts, the word is spreading," chimed in former Dean internet guru Joe Trippi:
The Washington Post and the LA Times both ran articles on Cindy today, each of them mentioning the conference call that took place yesterday. The LA Times article even notes that, thanks to all of our blog posts, "Cindy Sheehan was the top ranked search term on Technorati.com.” [Knocked down to #2 as of this posting by something fishy called "Bush Indictment" --ed]
"I want him to quit using my son's death to justify more killing. The only way he can honor my son's death is to bring the troops home," says the bereaved mother, blinded -- by grief? by the need to be the center of attention? -- to both the fact that her son chose to serve his country and the likelihood articulated early and often by the Administration that withdrawing troops now "would send a terrible signal to the enemy," as the President reiterated in response to a reporter's question this afternoon. Fortunately, there are some level heads in the media who understand what this story is really about. John O'Sullivan of The National Interest on Your World with Neil Cavuto on FOXNews this afternoon:
Eventually the left-wing caravan will move on. Whenever a soldier dies, some will say the war isn't worth it. Others will say the sacrifice must not be thrown away. You must decide whether to continue fighting based upon other grounds.
The rest of the Sheehan family, apparently recognizing a loose canon in their midst, sent an email to Matt Drudge [via Mitch of Shot In The Dark] this afternoon expressing their anguish:
She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the the expense of her son's good name and reputation. The rest of the Sheehan Family supports the troops, our country, and our President, silently, with prayer and respect.
*Purple prose: Writing that employs certain rhetorical effects such as exaggerated sentiment or pathos in an attempt to manipulate a reader's response.