"Cindy, you’ve changed since the Kerry campaign contacted you in early July of last summer. You’re not the same grieving mom, especially after you started traveling on the road to support John Kerry's campaign," writes "Mom of Two Soldiers" Linda in an "Open Letter to Cindy Sheehan" first published at Free Republic. Beth of My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy has all the details, including verification of Linda's story and full text of the letter, which chronicles Sheehan's conversion from Bush supporter to Bush basher in the summer of 2004. Here's the part that caught our eye in Linda's follow-up letter to Beth:
She met with the President on June 18th and was excited about meeting with him.
The following week, "Fahrenheit 911" was released in Vacaville. [Sheehan daughter] Carly and many others were initially upset when they viewed it. That changed the tone immensely.
About a week or so later, [Cindy] stated she had been in contact with the Kerry campaign, that they had contacted [the Sheehans]. On July 4th, in Berkeley, Cindy Sheehan made her first speech to an antiwar group at a Berkeley church . . . By July 31st they were taping the television advertisements that were supportive of John Kerry.
Cindy Sheehan's reported conversion following the screening of Michael Moore's Bush-bashing crockumentary "Fahrenheit 911" in her hometown made our blood run cold as we recalled the obscenely obdurate obtuseness of the porcine provocateur's response to 9/11:
Boston, New York, DC, and the planes’ destination of California -- these were places that voted AGAINST Bush! Why kill them?
Roger L. Simon presciently pegged "The Sheeple Effect" only days before Cindy succumbed in June of 2004:
What bothers me is that the public is going to swallow this kind of propaganda which, although it is miles below Riefenstahl aesthetically, is nearly her equal in factual distortion.
Looking back at the post-9/11 Moore mouthings, in the wake of the damage his demagoguery has done to the administration's and the nation's credibility among the weakest-minded of our own citizens and leftist fellow travelers around the world -- not to mention Osama's adoption of Moorish rhetoric in his latest Bush-bashing tape -- we realize that Michael Moore is right up there with George Soros trying to undermine our democracy. We, the citizens, are too stupid to figure things out for ourselves, of course. Moore is, in fact, telling all who will listen that Americans are "the stupidest people in the world." Soros and Moore know what is best for us, and each wants to be a kingmaker -- one via ill-begotten billions, the other with Riefenstahl-lite propaganda that assumes the cluelessness of its audience-- and each has made remarkable inroads while the rest of us were preoccupied trying to keep the world safe for democracy.
On the other hand, if Mother Sheehan and her scruffy band of aging hippies are the best "these people" can come up with, the world may be safer for democracy than we thought.