Cindy Sheehan Threatens Run Against Pelosi


Cindy Sheehan, gawd bless her, didn’t retire for long. The Libby pardon commutation and the Democrats’ refusal to play hardball to shut down the Iraq war have between them goaded her into rejoining the fray, and at a higher level than before: she’s threatening to run against Nancy Pelosi if Pelosi continues to keep impeachment off the Congressional table.

Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan said Sunday that she plans to run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) unless Pelosi introduces articles of impeachment against President Bush in the next two weeks.

Sheehan’s deadline, July 23, is the same day she and her supporters are to arrive in Washington after a 13-day caravan and walking tour departing from the group’s war protest site near Bush’s Crawford ranch.

Sheehan said she lives in a suburb of Sacramento but declined to disclose the city, citing safety reasons. She added that she would run against Pelosi in 2008 as an independent and “would give her a run for her money.”

“Democrats and Americans feel betrayed by the Democratic leadership,” Sheehan said. “We hired them to bring an end to the war.”

As times get on, it becomes increasingly harder to find rational excuses for the Democrats’ lack of spine here, especially as the on-going desertion of Republican rodents from the capsizing ocean liner of Iraq and Lamar Alexander’s recent proposal threaten to seize the initiative on our war strategy right out from under the Dems’ chicken beaks. Sheehan, who lost a son to the neocons’ fantasies of quick oil profits, has had enough and one can certainly understand her position.

Pelosi, who came into power like a lion, seems in the eight months since the election to have morphed into a timid lamb with a big mouth for bleating but not too much in the way of political courage. She talks a good game but does…nothing.

Maybe she’s too busy having secret White House meetings to sell out the environment and workers in a new Trade Deal that hands the Bush Administration the power to write it all by themselves on behalf of K Street and a slew of global corporations without interference from the rank-and-file of Congressional Democrats.

Or maybe her hands were full killing the bill to control lobbyist activities and the ability of Congressional players to join K Street the day after they lose an election.

From a certain standpoint, Cindy couldn’t possibly be any worse.

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