Here’s an important update from the blog of Cindy Sheehan, who is the most important person in the US since we stopped caring about what happened to Natalee Holloway:
George Bush took a 2 hour bike ride on Saturday, and when he got back, he was asked how he could go for a two hour bike ride when he doesn’t have time to meet with me, and he said: “I have to go on with my life.” (Austin Statesman, August 14) WHAT!!!!!????? He has to get on with his life!!! I am so offended by that statement. Every person, war fan, or not, who has had a child killed in this mistake of an occupation should be highly offended by that remark. Who does he think he is? I wish I could EVER be able to get on with my life. Getting on with my life means a life without my dear, sweet boy. Getting on with my life means learning to live with a pain that is so intense that sometimes I feel like throwing up, or screaming until I pass out from sorrow. I wish a little bike ride could help me get on with my life.
I’m sure this tidbit will be the center of Salon’s national news coverage for tomorrow, just as Sheehan’s campaign for a third meeting with President Bush has a hammerlock on their front page today.
I’m pretty comfortable with the idea that the Iraq campaign is being executed without any great competence at this point, but why the fuck is anyone listening to Cindy Sheehan about it? Her credentials, as far as I can tell, read thusly:
That’s sad, but that doesn’t make her any kind of foreign policy expert, and I’m not sure I’m even comfortable with the idea that it should give her more access to the President than someone like, say, me.
Apparently I’m in the minority on this one. Despite conspicuously little evidence that Sheehan has anything useful to add to the public discourse on the war, every liberal media outlet in the nation has dropped everything and is vigorously using Sheehan as a tool to advance their general position, which is that George Bush is the antichrist. (At MoveOn.org, for example, it’s all Sheehan, all the time.)
I’ve never voted for George W. Bush, I disagree with him and his administration on most of their stated policy, and I sure won’t be sorry to see him leave office in 2008. But if by his failure to schedule a meeting with Sheehan he’s saying that it takes more than living through a tragedy to create a thought leader, we’re in agreeance on this issue.