There's an angry mother of a dead soldier camping outside his Crawford ranch, demanding to see a president who prefers his sympathy to be carefully choreographed....Cindy Sheehan, a 48-year-old Californian with a knack for P.R., says she will camp out in the dusty heat near the ranch until she gets to tell Mr. Bush face to face that he must pull all U.S. troops out of Iraq. Her son, Casey, a 24-year-old Army specialist, was killed in a Sadr City ambush last year...even if they send out a squad of Swift Boat Moms for Truth, there will be a countering Falluja Moms for Truth...the moral authority of parents who bury children killed in Iraq is absolute.
Nonsense, all nonsense:
...his capital [I guess Eugene Robinson only considers DC "his" capital when a Democrat occupies is - ed.] was overrun by the opposition in a spectacular demonstration of how unpopular the war in Iraq has become. I know that Iraq isn't exactly Vietnam, but haven't we heard this song before? You know: "There's something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear''? Does that ring a bell at the White House? Or did everybody in this administration spend the whole Vietnam era listening to Pat Boone or whatever it was they grooved to in the frat houses?
Saturday had that vintage feeling. Cindy Sheehan was there to play her iconic earth-mother role, while the Rev. Jesse Jackson's presence somehow made the whole thing official... In the crowd there were next-generation merry pranksters bearing caricature puppets, legions of praying Buddhists, ranks of earnest Presbyterians for Peace and files of silver-haired Raging Grannies. There were countless young adults whose baby boomer parents had marched these same streets in protest over three decades ago. All that was missing was the sour tinge of tear gas in the air.
And here we are again, with the media latching on to a ragtag protest group and deeming it with absolute moral authority, declaring its shopworn antics to be the sign of "something big", all the while encouraging them to continue on with their disgusting antics. The first time, it was to discredit a Republican president, this time, it is to discredit a Republican Congress (while desperately attempting to prop up a failing Democratic president).
Cindy Sheehan - a woman who was photographed lying in her son's grave in order to gain publicity - was reviled by mainstream Americans, and never as popular as the MSM made her out to be:
A more typical Cindy Sheehan rally - November 2005
She eventually quit the movement she started, saying:
I have also tried to work within a peace movement that often puts personal egos above peace and human life. This group won’t work with that group; he won’t attend an event if she is going to be there; and why does Cindy Sheehan get all the attention anyway?
the focus of her ire to Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi...
It'll be too late. This is not 2005, nor 1967...and the American people will not be fooled again by Marxists dressed as jesters and mainstream media publications whom declare them to be the absolute moral voice of a nation...
UPDATE: Jen Rubin isn't fooled:
...the media attention vastly outweighs the number of protesters. Sure, the New York mob numbered over 3,000, but no other city had more than 430 people. That’s right — 430. It’s hard to base a political appeal on a sliver of a fringe group,