Steve and Jen bring you this daily review of the news
Premium Advertiser

News Blog Sponsors

News Links

BBC World Service
The Guardian
Washington Post
Iraq Order of Battle
NY Times
LA Times
ABC News

Blogs We Like

Daily Kos
Digby's Blog
Operation Yellow Elephant
Iraq Casualty Count
Media Matters
Talking Points
Defense Tech
Intel Dump
Soldiers for the Truth
Margaret Cho
Juan Cole
Just a Bump in the Beltway
Baghdad Burning
Howard Stern
Michael Moore
James Wolcott
Cooking for Engineers
There is No Crisis
Whiskey Bar
Rude Pundit
Crooks and Liars
Amazin' Avenue
DC Media Girl
The Server Logs

Blogger Credits

Powered by Blogger

Archives by
Publication Date
August 2003
September 2003
October 2003
November 2003
December 2003
January 2004
February 2004
March 2004
April 2004
May 2004
June 2004
July 2004
August 2004
September 2004
October 2004
November 2004
December 2004
January 2005
February 2005
March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
August 2005
September 2005
October 2005
November 2005
December 2005
January 2006
February 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
August 2006
September 2006
October 2006
November 2006
December 2006
January 2007
February 2007
Comments Credits
Comments by YACCS
Friday, August 19, 2005

It's not politics

Failed Banzai attack

Banzai charges looked scary, but were relatively easy to stop.

When the Japanese would get liquored up and run for the allied lines, hoping to break them and set them to flight, the easiest way to stop them was to remain calm and machine gun them to death.

Emotion met calm resolve and failed.

This is not about politics.

Most of the Beltway is mystified as to why Cindy Sheehan has been protesting, and the shots at her have come fast and furious. But you don't see other, pro-war parents attacking her. It just isn't happening. The only ones who are come from the Beltway pundit class. But what is even more amazing is that people don't get it.

This isn't about politics. And the longer this goes on, the worse this will be for the President. At a point, there are only so many nasty things which can be said about Sheehan, After awhile, it becomes background noise. But she's still there.

Because the framing of the right is illogical. She's a tool of the far left, which in their minds includes Move On and Michael Moore. She's distraught. Well, no shit, her son is dead and she doesn't understand why.

But the fact is the best thing Cindy Sheehan has going for herself is her character. The attacks on her border on the absolutely ridiculous. She hates Jews, she's a tool.

Too bad she looks like your mom, if she was short and blond and under 50.

So none of them stick.

Oppo won't help here. This isn't the 1950's, Sheehan can speak for herself. But then. this isn't political.

The right is trying to turn Sheehan into a political figure, but it isn't working because her credibility is unassailable. No matter what they say, her son remains a dead soldier.

Bush could have handled this immediately, met with her and this would be over, no drama, no nonsense. But like the coward he is, he ran from her.

So the slanders get nastier, meaner and louder.

But, like banzai charges, they are doomed.


Because these attacks are contrary to the ideas of their base. Disrespecting military dead is anathema to most people, especially conservative Republicans. It was they accused the left of for decades. Now, you have these pampered, soft pundits attacking Gold Star Mothers.

But they seem to think the enemy is Move On or Michael Moore. But they aren't outside the President's ranch, are they. Just the mothers of the dead. And that who is being attacked.

The mothers of the dead are powerful spokesmen. They were in Argentina, where they helped bring down the government. Underestimate them, as the right is doing, is at their peril.

People have compared Sheehan to Rosa Parks, but that's the wrong comparison.

She should be compared to Emmitt Till's mother. The locals wanted a quick burial, because they had so tortured Till. His mother refused that and demanded an open casket funeral in Chicago. The savage nature of his treatment was clear and the picture of him in that casket, which first ran in Jet, was shown around the world. That showed the true face of segregation. Their hatred is so over the top, it diminishes their credibility.

Sheehan's vigil does the same thing. It shows the true face of Bush and the conservatives. Like the Japanese found out when they hit the Marines on Guadacanal. She, like they, weren't going anywhere but forward.

posted by Steve @ 8:02:00 PM

8:02:00 PM

The News Blog home page


Editorial Staff

Add to My AOL

Support The News Blog

Amazon Honor System Click Here to Pay Learn More
News Blog Food Blog
Visit the News Blog Food Blog
The News Blog Shops
Operation Yellow Elephant
Enlist, Young Republicans