The Real Cindy, "Swiftboated!"

** The Real Cindy Sheehan, the one the liberal media does not want you to see! **

From Bill O’Reilly’s Talking Points Memo, in a rally supporting Lynne Stewart, convicted of aiding terrorists, Cindy said this:

– “America has been killing people, like my sister over here said, since we first stepped on this continent.”

– “We have been responsible for death and destruction.”

– “It’s OK for Israel to occupy Palestine, yeah,… and it’s OK for Iraq no, for America to occupy Iraq, but it’s not OK for Syria to be in Lebanon. They’re a bunch of f**king hypocrites!”


This from the APHer simple, quiet protest of the war that took her son’s life is gaining momentum as dozens joined her Wednesday at the site. Sheehan, 48, has insisted on speaking to Bush and vowed to remain during his ranch stay through the end of the month. Her tenacity has gained the support of anti-war groups, with one activist calling her ‘the Rosa Parks of the anti-war movement. (Quiet? Simple? Rosa Parks?)

Frank Rich in the Sunday New York Times wrote “The Swiftbating of Cindy Sheehan” opinion piece. Frank was right on with his description of the media frenzy surrounding “Mother Sheehan”.

Although he is a bit off the port side (as The Captain would say) with his analysis…

When these setbacks happen in Iraq itself, the administration punts. But when they happen at home, there’s a game plan. Once Ms. Sheehan could no longer be ignored, the Swift Boating began. Character assassination is the Karl Rove tactic of choice, eagerly mimicked by his media surrogates, whenever the White House is confronted by a critic who challenges it on matters of war. The Swift Boating is especially vicious if the critic has more battle scars than a president who connived to serve stateside and a vice president who had “other priorities” during Vietnam.

That’s quite a mouth full of liberal talking points in that one paragraph alone. Be assured the rest of his piece is more of the same. It is funny how the dreaded Karl Rove is now involved in the Cindy Sheehan fiasco, too, somehow.

But, the real brilliance in this piece by Frank Rich is the one small bit of honesty that is written right there in the headline. “Cindy Sheehan and Swiftboats”… The similarity between the two stories is uncanny!

1.) The 100+ swiftboat veterans for truth were virtually ignored by the mainstream media. The truth about Cindy Sheehan’s dark Leftist past has been virtually ignored by the mainstream media.

2.) Bloggers, conservative radio, and fair and balanced FOX News, brought the real swiftboat veterans into the public eye. Bloggers, conservative radio, and fair and balanced FOX News, brought the real Cindy Sheehan into the public eye.

3.) The left attacked the swiftboat veterans (mercilessly) and not their allegations. The left is also attacking those who speak out against Cindy Sheehan and not their allegations.

4.) The swiftboat angle was supposed to be an edge for John Kerry in the election. Cindy Sheehan was supposed to be a “win” (sick) for the Anti-War Left in pushing their cut and run policy for Iraq.

5.) The left was enraged that they were caught in their lie about John Kerry being so well liked by his veteran brothers. The left is enraged that their lie that “Cindy Sheehan is a normal moderate mother in mourning” is being revealed.

So, Frank Rich is absolutely correct. This is “The Swiftboating of Cindy Sheehan!”

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