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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Bush Comments on Cindy Sheehan... Sorta

How do you know that Cindy Sheehan is starting to scare Bush and his handlers? He actually acknowledged her.

This is, of course, in direct contrast to the way he usually deals with criticism - stolidly ignorning or
joking about his major failures. Instead, Sheehan is making a big enough splash that he had to say something about her in his press conference today.

Kinda. Click here to see what Bush had to say in relationshon to this grieving mother's simple question: "What is the 'noble cause' my son died for?"

Strangely enough, he didn't answer that question. No, he instead redirected the topic to "pulling out of Iraq," a nice little tactic to make people think that Cindy Sheehan and the people who support her are just a bunch of pansie quitters.

Nice try. Unfortunately, people aren't buying it. It's more of the same from Bush ("We have to stay the course," "We can't leave because that'd embolden 'the enemy' "), and a larger and larger show of support for Sheehan.

Meanwhile, the right-wing hacks are mobilizing in greater and greater numbers to attack... a woman who lost her son in war. Think about that a minute: this is a mother who lost her son, and wants to know why we went into the conflict that took his life. Bush can't come up with an answer (obviously "Weapons of Mass Destruction" doesn't work any more, and "Bringing Democracy To Iraq" isn't playing too well, since they've already got a constitution and parilment...), so the only thing his supporters can think to do is savage the messenger.

Bill O'Reilly last night said that Sheehan's "behavior bordered on Treasonous." He's also trying desperately to link her to Michael Moore, the ACLU and other conservative boogeymen. Of course, he now says their coverage was respectful.

Mike Drudge is trying to portray Sheehan as a "flip-flopper," who met with the President once and loved him, but is now "politically motivated" in changing their story. This was of course picked up by several right-wing Faux-News-like outlets. It only took a day to debunk Drudges story.

There's only one reason for all this fuss... the neo-con-men who currently hold power are afraid of all the attention Sheehan is getting. Not that she's getting much in the way of coverage from TV News anyway... but people like me aren't letting it go away.

Oh, and Karl Rove, we're not going to let you get away, either...