The Trashing Of Cindy Sheehan By The Left Continues

The trashing of “Saint Cindy” on the Left continues. This time, it’s Niall Stanage at the ultra left-wing Guardian who’s basically conceding that the right was spot on about every single nasty thing that we ever said about Cindy Sheehan — now that she’s running against Nancy Pelosi. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

“Even the American left’s netroots are getting tired of Cindy Sheehan. It’s a shame it took them so long.

…It would be inhumane not to feel sympathy for Cindy Sheehan’s loss. But it would also be softheaded to ignore the numerous inconsistencies, self-aggrandisements and missteps that have characterized her behaviour.

Sheehan’s initial demands to meet Bush, and her escalating criticisms of him, had a peculiar genesis. Sheehan in fact had already met Bush before she rolled up to the ranch. Interviewed by a local newspaper after the early encounter, she restrained herself to rather mild criticisms of the war’s conduct. Of Bush himself, she said he was “sincere” about wanting freedom for the Iraqi people. “I know he’s sorry and feels some pain for our loss,” she added.

That seems a rather circumspect judgment on a man she would later denounce as “the Fuhrer” and the biggest terrorist in the world.

…A more sinister example of Sheehan’s slipperiness came back in 2005. A row erupted over an email in Sheehan’s name which contained remarks that, even taking the most forgiving possible interpretation, were suggestive of anti-Semitism. The best reporting on the furore came on Slate, and it hardly coved Sheehan in glory.

All of these events, though, pale into insignificance beside Sheehan’s overarching trait: her apparently boundless hubris. Her basic position appears to be that, since she has lost a son in the war in Iraq, every pronouncement she makes about that war, or about the wider world, must axiomatically be correct.

Bereavement is no guarantee of wisdom. Yet Sheehan has been encouraged in her conceits, not just by opportunistic figures on the far left but by media icons, including America’s most-overrated columnist, Maureen Dowd.

“The moral authority of parents who bury children killed in Iraq is absolute,” Dowd declared in a 2005 column.

So, Cindy Sheehan is an anti-semitic liar and, “Bereavement is no guarantee of wisdom.” You certainly didn’t hear much of that sort of thing when the Left was embracing the anti-Semite to their bosom and declaring her to be the “Rosa Parks of the anti-war movement.”

All the darlings of the Left should pay close attention to this because if they ever wander off the plantation, all their flaws which have studiously been ignored by their “pals” on the Left will suddenly start to be brought to light.

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