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Blogcritics On the Cindy Sheehan Conundrum

Cindy Sheehan – one woman, many questions: Is she an unreasonable, malignant gadfly? Righteously indignant grieving mother?

Is it anti-American to protest ongoing American military action, or the most American expression of all? Do her efforts undermine the war effort? Should the war effort be undermined?

Would quitting Iraq now consecrate or denigrate the sacrifices of those who have lost their lives in the effort? Should Bush meet with her? If so, why her? Should he meet with every parent, spouse, child, etc. of those killed in the line of duty?

Are her actions spontaneous or calculated? Does it matter? Is grief an appropriate political tool?

We have a variety of news and views on Sheehan’s efforts:

Just Say No, Malkin
I wrote this the day Cindy Sheehan left Crawford to attend to her mother. Whether Michelle Malkin grew a heart or just got distracted by other news and – now – trying to out-do others in reporting on Katrina… that I…
Posted to Politics by Scott Butki on September 1, 2005 07:17 PM

Sheehan Represents “Shrillness” Democrats Sorely Need
George Will has some unsolicited advice for the Democratic Party. Tone it down and don’t be “shrill” like Cindy Sheehan, if you want to win 2006 and 2008. It is a typical tactic Republicans use –attempt to cow the…
Posted to Politics by Balletshooz on August 31, 2005 05:08 PM

Has Cindy Sheehan Made A Difference?
Whether Cindy Sheehan has changed minds is debatable. But she’s given voice to many afraid to speak previously.
Posted to Politics by ProgressiveDepot on August 30, 2005 12:28 PM

GOP Challenger To Robert Byrd: The Cindy Sheehan Charade
Hiram Lewis IV, GOP challenger for Robert Byrd’s US Senate seat, is publicly embarrassing himself and/or disqualifying himself from becoming a serious contender to unseat Byrd in West Virginia. He has announced a new “Meet With Hiram” campaign targeting anti-Bush and anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan.
Posted to Politics by Balletshooz on August 29, 2005 06:21 PM

Cindy Sheehan Goes Off the Deep End–Drowning in Own Rhetoric.
A recent article in World Net Daily includes the following quote by Cindy Sheehan: “How can these moms who still support George Bush and his insane war in Iraq want more innocent blood shed just because their sons or daughters…
Posted to Politics by Ordinary Joe on August 29, 2005 02:38 PM (Score: 10)

JAR – Just Another Racist
Always the voice of the radical left, Al Sharpton yesterday lauded Cindy Sheehan as the voice of the conscience of America. As I read this I could not help but wonder why Brother Al would turn from God, let…
Posted to Politics by Hank McCoy on August 29, 2005 02:36 PM

Notable Quotables 8/28/05
Quotes of Note that reflect what conservatives think. Or are up against. ~~~~~~~~~~ Two Different Views-Cindy Sheehan From Ann Coulter: Call me old-fashioned, but a grief-stricken war mother shouldn’t have her own full-time PR flack. After your third profile on “Entertainment Tonight,”…
Posted to Politics by Patfish on August 29, 2005 04:45 AM

A Tool of the Radical “Left”
No not Cindy Sheehan, although if you were to believe the smear campaign being waged against her by right-wing media, you’d think she was a brainless hand puppet for MoveOn.org – instead of an articulate, intelligent grieving mother who…
Posted to Politics by Bring It On on August 27, 2005 06:40 PM

Our new “I don’t give a damn” President
So our President takes a five-week vacation. Soldiers are dying in his war, but he takes a five-week vacation. So our President won’t meet with Cindy Sheehan. Her kid died in Iraq and all she wants to know is what noble…
Posted to Politics by Adam Ash on August 27, 2005 09:21 AM

Tangled Web: Sheehan, Bush & Rove
The problem with mainstream media is that it generally reports stories narrowly, leaving out how the pieces come together to paint a bigger picture (yes, I know, that’s not mainstream media’s only problem). In looking at the Cindy Sheehan phenomenon, I’ve…
Posted to Politics by ProgressiveDepot on August 26, 2005 02:46 PM

President CNNMSNBCFOX
Media coverage of the ongoing Bush/Sheehan matter is worth following, not for its substance – that is sorely lacking – but rather, for the audacity the media is showing by giving its favorite child a public…
Posted to Politics by AmeriPundit on August 26, 2005 12:37 AM

Cindy and the Duke
Neo Nazi Christian David Duke, said he fully supports Cindy Sheehan (birds of a feather). On his website Mr. Duke says:”Courageously she has gone to Texas near the ranch of President Bush and braved the elements and a…
Posted to Politics by John Bill on August 25, 2005 07:35 AM

Cindy Sheehan is no longer the point
Cindy Sheehan hasn’t achieved her original goal, but a far greater one.
Posted to Politics by Shannon Okey on August 23, 2005 01:04 PM

Cindy Sheehan Reframes It For Us
An exercise in applying George Lakoff’s concept of value framing to a current event.
Posted to Politics by Joy Renee on August 23, 2005 09:20 AM

Won’t You Go Home, Cindy Sheehan?
First, a couple of disclaimers… As a parent, I have the deepest of sympathies for the loss that Cindy Sheehan and…
Posted to Politics by Bryce Zabel on August 23, 2005 01:40 AM

Fun with Sheehan, Rove, & Iraq: Love Em or Leave Em?
Thanks to the tactics of Karl Rove and the Right-Wing GOP Slander Machine, Cindy Sheehan, (mother of Casey Sheehan, a soldier killed in action in Iraq) joins a dubious “club”. Other members include: John McCain Max Cleland John Kerry Richard Clarke Scott Ritter Joe Wilson/Valerie Plame They…
Posted to Politics by Shark on August 22, 2005 06:54 AM

Sheehan leaves Camp– What ordinary people are saying
What ordinary people are saying about Cindy Sheehan leaving Camp Casey. “100 to 1 against coming back. She’s feeling the heat and wants out. The mother story is made up or exaggerated – wait and see. Good riddance. Now the trash…
Posted to Politics by Ordinary Joe on August 21, 2005 10:13 PM (Score: 4)

Sheehan should stick to grieving
Should President Bush meet with grieving mother Cindy Sheehan? Sheehan lost her son Casey who was serving in Iraq. Since August 6, she has been camping outside the President’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, calling upon Bush to see her….
Posted to Politics by Mark Edward Manning on August 20, 2005 01:47 PM

Cindy Sheehan: And you thought YOUR mother was crazy?
So I know I’m behind the times on the blog-feast on the Cindy Sheehan incident, but for an event such as this, I have spent a few days processing how I feel as a moderate. I’ve also been drinking. A…
Posted to Politics by Chelsea Lou on August 18, 2005 01:43 AM

Cindy Sheehan – A Satirical View
So let’s take a satrical look at the mother gone protester, Cindy Sheehan, through the eyes of satirist, Scott Ott. Does she have an “exit strategy” to get out of the “quagmire in Crawford” as some…
Posted to Politics by Z.Z. Bachman on August 17, 2005 10:05 PM

Cindy Sheehan: Anti-Semite or Jewish Hero?
Cindy Sheehan is purported to have said that if Israel pulls out of Palestine it will contribute to a reduction in terror. That sounds like a pretty reasonable statement to me.
Posted to Politics by Balletshooz on August 17, 2005 03:19 PM

My Two Cents On Cindy Sheehan
As a liberal, I’ll say this about Cindy Sheehan: I have nothing to say about Cindy Sheehan.
Posted to Politics by Michael J. West on August 17, 2005 12:15 PM

Cindy Sheehan’s Divorce: So F’ing What?
Well, well, well, it seems as though Cindy Sheehan and the peace movement have finally been checkmated by the revelation that Mr. Sheehan has apparently filed for divorce against Mrs. Sheehan. Yup, the Queen of Compassion, Michelle Malkin
Posted to Politics by The Bulldog Manifesto on August 16, 2005 10:08 PM

Leeches, Shame and Humanity: The Sheehan Saga
I do not agree with most of what Cindy Sheehan is saying but, like most of you, I agree with her right to say it. I am not going to judge her because I’ve never had to deal…
Posted to Politics by Michele Catalano on August 16, 2005 10:15 AM

In Covering Cindy Sheehan, Daily Show Shows Lunacy And Hypocrisy Among Conservative Pundits
It’s easy to see why some conservatives — mostly pundits and their cohorts in the blogosphere — has been fuming over Cindy Sheehan’s vigil just beyond the “Western White House” in Crawford, Texas. Forget that Sheehan is a mother grieving the…
Posted to Video by David R. Mark on August 16, 2005 02:26 AM

Cindy Sheehan’s Iraq War Protest: A Woman Scorned
It was once said that: “Hell has no fury like a woman scorned”. Everyone has seen the truth in this concept, and it has proven its relevance throughout history where at crucial moments an angry, frustrated woman*, in a moment…
Posted to Politics by Balletshooz on August 15, 2005 01:07 PM

Vacation, Uninterrupted
Afive week vacation. A recent survey by the travel site Expedia.com shows that’s a lot of vacation time. The survey shows that most Americans get about 12 vacation days a year but only use…
Posted to Politics by AmeriPundit on August 14, 2005 01:13 PM

Bush writes: “Dear Cindy Sheehan …”
Dear Cindy, I hear you want to ask me what noble cause your son Casey died for last year. It’s a good question. I’m not misunderestimating you. Let me confront it by telling you how I got into this war in…
Posted to Politics by Adam Ash on August 14, 2005 02:57 AM

Sheehan Wants Another Talk
Cindy Sheehan and a hundred of her closest friends have converged on Bush’s Texas ranch. The lady by herself is not very important. I’m sure there’s no shortage of distraught widows and mothers whose sons have been killed, and they…
Posted to Politics by Leoniceno on August 13, 2005 02:49 AM

George “Monty Burns” Bush Sics Dogs On Cindy Sheehan
Blogcritic Jude Nagurney Camwell, speaking truth to power, has reported bravely on how that big meanie President George W Bush is mistreating Cindy Sheehan, mother of a dead soldier. President Bush – Call Off the dogs on Cindy Sheehan This is…
Posted to Politics by Al Barger on August 12, 2005 07:55 PM

President Bush – Call Off the dogs on Cindy Sheehan
Raw Story is talking about the article from 2004 which Matt Drudge is employing, with a Right attack-dog-wind beneath his wings [he got the report archive from Freepers]. The mission to attack is on – the objective…
Posted to Politics by Jude Nagurney Camwell on August 9, 2005 11:30 AM

Tipping Point – 6/16/05
“This date [June 16, 2005] is a turning point in history.” —Medea Benjamin, Co-Founder, Code Pink Today we reached the tipping point. Today, when we rallied for peace and justice and accountability in the shadow of the White House, when the fearless…
Posted to Politics by Lisa Iannucci on June 18, 2005 12:15 PM

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