Archive for Monday, July 9, 2007

Sheehan may challenge Pelosi for House seat

July 9, 2007


— Cindy Sheehan, the soldier's mother who galvanized the anti-war movement, said Sunday that she plans to seek House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's congressional seat unless she introduces articles of impeachment against President Bush in the next two weeks.

Sheehan said she will run against the San Francisco Democrat in 2008 as an independent if Pelosi does not seek by July 23 to impeach Bush. That's when Sheehan and her supporters are to arrive in Washington, D.C., after a 13-day caravan and walking tour starting from the group's war protest site near Bush's Crawford ranch.

"Democrats and Americans feel betrayed by the Democratic leadership," Sheehan said. "We hired them to bring an end to the war. I'm not too far from San Francisco, so it wouldn't be too big of a move for me. I would give her a run for her money."

Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly said the congresswoman has said repeatedly that her focus is on ending the war in Iraq.

"She believes that the best way to support our troops in Iraq is to bring them home safely and soon," Daly said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "July will be a month of action in Congress to end the war, including a vote to redeploy our troops by next spring."

The White House declined to comment on Sheehan's plans.

She plans her official candidacy announcement Tuesday. Sunday wrapped up what is expected to be her final weekend at the 5-acre Crawford lot that she sold to California radio talk show host Bree Walker, who plans to keep it open to protesters.

"The land itself has historical value," Walker said. "It is the first people's movement of the 21st century, and it needs to be kept as the hallowed ground that it is."

Sheehan announced in May that she was leaving the anti-war movement. She said that she felt her efforts had been in vain and that she had endured smear tactics and hatred from the left, as well as the right.

She first came to Crawford in August 2005 during a Bush vacation, demanding to talk to him about the war where her son Casey was killed in 2004. She became the face of the anti-war movement during her 26-day roadside vigil, which was joined by thousands. But it also drew counterprotests by Bush supporters, who said she was hurting troop morale.

Sheehan, who will turn 50 on Tuesday, said Bush should be impeached because she believes he misled the public about the reasons for going to war, violated the Geneva Conventions by torturing detainees and crossed the line by commuting the prison sentence of former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.


jonas 10 years, 9 months ago

You know, I sort of agree. If she wins, we'd just be trading one nutty knee-jerk liberal for another. If she loses, it might take the wind out of her sails, and she could go away. Two good possibilities.

Jaehde 10 years, 9 months ago

Wonderful! For starters, she's not a D.C. insider. Whether or not she's a real threat, she will take votes away from Pelosi, whom I have, in the past, supported. Maybe that's one way to get their attention. She's doing more than complaining, I admire her for standing up to the Big Guys, that takes courage.

Bubbles 10 years, 9 months ago

Yeah, she could garner the respect of her peers and covince them to vote her way.

Jaehde 10 years, 9 months ago

Liberals, Schmeberals, Labeling and finger-pointing is one of the big reasons we're in this big mess, and believe it or not, we're ALL in it together. I will vote for anyone who I really believe will work for the common good, Republican, Democrat, Male, Female, African- American, Caucasian, Whomever!

purplesage 10 years, 9 months ago

On one hand, Sheehan hasn't got a chance of unseating Pelosi. On the other hand, Bill Clinton wasn't given much of a chance 6 months prior to the election and Nancy Boyda was as unqualified as Cindy Sheehan (or as Mr. Ryun was when he first went to Washington). On the first hand, if she did unexpectedly win, we'd be rid of Pelosi. (That would be good.) And maybe they'd tear each other up in the primary and someone a little more moderate and sensible could take that seat to the other side of the isle. (That would be even better.)It is San Fran though, so that's unlikely.

Confrontation 10 years, 9 months ago

I thought Sheehan was planning to shut up and go home?

ISRAELPARASITE 10 years, 9 months ago

go Sheehan! I will vote for you over Pelosi (Ms. AIPAC - WHORE) anyday!

EXks 10 years, 9 months ago

Unlike most of you GUTLESS and b*all less chicken hawks, Cindy Sheehan's family paid the ultimate price for a pack of lies. She's more of an American than most of you will ever be.

EXks 10 years, 9 months ago

Ahhh, you're so cute Bubbles and soooo original!!

preebo 10 years, 9 months ago

I like to see average Americans challenging the standard players in politics. If Mrs. Sheehan has the conviction, I say go for it.

No matter what side of the isle, there needs to be constant flushing of Jenkins Hill to keep the pool of ideas fresh.

I think the first course of action once she is in office would be to donate the lot that she purchased across from Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas for erecting an Iraq War Memorial in the likeness of the Vietnam War Memorial in DC. I propose a large polished granite wall with the names of every American serviceman and woman lost in this war.

...that way, after he leaves office, he will have see the list of names of men and women he "decided" to send in harms way for his own ideological struggle.

preebo 10 years, 9 months ago

Bree Walker the Channel 7 Anchor from LA from a few years ago? Really? Huh.

I still like the Memorial Idea better. While it is a landmark for peace. It should serve as a reminder of the monumental mistakes made by one man and his cohorts that ended the lives of thousands.

jonas 10 years, 9 months ago

Greyheim: (to RT) "and what point were you trying to make?"

Does he make those? Have I missed one somewhere along the line?

imastinker 10 years, 9 months ago

"Democrats and Americans feel betrayed by the Democratic leadership," Sheehan said. "We hired them to bring an end to the war. I'm not too far from San Francisco, so it wouldn't be too big of a move for me. I would give her a run for her money."

If she doesn't think democrats are americans, her hopes for winning aren't very good, unless she is counting illegals who will probably be voting by that elsection....

yourworstnightmare 10 years, 9 months ago

Sheehan is a better semiotician than politician. She has been effective at drawing attention to the waste and quagmire that is the war of choice in Iraq. A politician must be practical and weigh the best course given the current situation.

The republican neocons, in their emotional, ideologically-driven hatred, jumped the gun on impeachment of Clinton. While the reasons and the case against Bush are better than they were against Clinton, substantially more evidence would need to be established before there would be any chance that impeachment of Bush would be effective.

I do believe a Special Prosecutor investigation into falsifying evidence leading to war, outing a CIA agent, and firing US attornies for politcal reasons would be appropriate.

First the hard evidence; then impeachment.

BigDog 10 years, 9 months ago

The people are already tired of this Congress and don't feel they are doing anything. Keep up the investigating and probing. I am sure that will improve their standing among the people.

yourworstnightmare 10 years, 9 months ago

"Just to catch you up on some things, his name was Fitzgerald, and he came up with zip, zero, nada."

Uh, ok. I guess the Libby conviction doesn't count now that he has been commuted.

The Plame scandal is just the tip of the iceberg. Next, indeed.

Flap Doodle 10 years, 9 months ago

If the voters in CA want to ditch the Speaker of the House & replace her with a one-trick-pony who will have zero seniority in the new congress, go to it!

blackwalnut 10 years, 9 months ago

right_thinker (Anonymous) says: The far-left, anti-war, Froth-O-Matic loo

What sane human being could be anything but anti-war? Are you pro-war?

blackwalnut 10 years, 9 months ago

right_thinker (Anonymous) says: "The purpose of all war is peace." - Saint Augustine

Black is white, war is peace, oppression is freedom, hate is love...

Yup, another Bushbot.

perkins 10 years, 9 months ago

Limousine-liberal Pelosi made such grand promises about how the House, under her leadership, would stay in session Monday through Friday and get things done. Liar.

Bubbles 10 years, 9 months ago


As if Sheehan is the only human on the planet to "pay the ulimate price". You think she has a monopoly on the pain of loosing a loved one?

I think it is discusting for her to think that her loss is more important than any others.

She wouldn't make a pimple on the ass of an American.

staff04 10 years, 9 months ago


Wow. It takes balls to put your antisemitism on display like that. Why not just make your screen name IHATEJEWS? Or how 'bout just calling yourself Ahmadinejad?

preebo 10 years, 9 months ago

The biggest test of Judicial Activism for the Roberts court will be if they allow for the Bush Administration to cry Executive Privilege rejecting the subpoenas in U.S. Attorney firing hearings. Being that it will most certainly end up in the courts hands now that Bush has cried foul they will either have to allow privilege to stand or rule in favor of Congress.

If they allow Bush to use Executive Privilege then this court will be asserting interpretation of the Constitution. Any interpretation would violation any Strict Constructionist view of the document. Thereby placing current interpretation on the text.

...Anyone see where I am going with this?

Essentially, Executive Privilege is the greatest test of activism. If the Supremes rule in favor of Bush then they would be considered activists, as there is no enumerated mention of such privliege in the document itself.

For the Pseudo-Constitutional scholars that will most certainly cry precendent, I am aware of the history of Exec Priv, and how it came about in 1796 in the Washington Administration. However, there hasn't been an attempt to widen the scope of Exec. Priv. since the Nixon camp. And yes, I am arguing that the ruling in United States v. Nixon was an act of activism. Whatever the court rules there will be critics, but they could rule along with precedent and be justified based on our common law system (precedent based) but to do so would be fundamentally hypocritical for both Scalia and Thomas.

EXks 10 years, 9 months ago

Activist judges? Hmmm, say wasn't Jesus an activist judge???

blackwalnut 10 years, 9 months ago

75x55 (Anonymous) says: So, blackwalnut - am I and other to assume that you ascribe to the idea that no war is justified? Are you anti-war?

I was addressing right_thinker's silly quote by St. Augustine.

The suggestion he made that this war in Iraq is about peace is ludicrous. It is about profits. Nearly everybody knows that by now.

And this war is not justified.

preebo 10 years, 9 months ago

Phil Kline on the Supreme Court? That's rich!

He's gonna have enough trouble getting elected in Johnson County, let alone, surviving any possible ethics violations resulting from his overzealous witch-hunt during his one-term stint as Attorney General of the state of Kansas.

again... Supreme Court? Good stuff. Keept it coming, I need some laughs.

preebo 10 years, 9 months ago


You are so off base with comparison to Chavez's Venezula. In fact, your comments about how American's should be happy with what leader the majority elects is more in-line with ol' Hugo's system. If you didn't know, Chavez also has elections and he wins 90% of the vote each time. His view is that people should accept it and move on. Questioning in his government could end up in your disappearence.

Here, on the other hand, we have freedom to speak out against our leaders. The idea that we should fall in line behind our leaders no matter the circumstance is not only categorically un-American, but the antithesis of a representative republic (not democracy) that we were founded upon.

blackwalnut 10 years, 9 months ago

Holy crap, if Bush were a stock, that chart would scream

Sell !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

blackwalnut 10 years, 9 months ago


for you, RT! look at the chart really, really closely

jonas 10 years, 9 months ago

Chief: Just wanted to let you know that we're soulmates. I, too, support meaningless, jingoistic cliches.

/sure, it was a bumpersticker, but so accurate

Flap Doodle 10 years, 9 months ago

scene needs to get some fiber into his diet.

kneejerkreaction 10 years, 9 months ago

The pics of Cindy SHeehan french kissing ugo chavez will not help her in this campaign.

jonas 10 years, 9 months ago

That's scalping someone? No content; no provable, factual information? Just a bunch of random, ultimately meaningless insinuations about blanket groups of people that can't and won't be backed up, repeated ad-nauseam in one variation or another until you convince each other that it's the truth? Fascinating!

Seriously, how can you possibly take a clear look at yourselves and consider yourself superior in any meaningful way? Sorry for the vulgarity, but it's like watching a group of men jerking it together and then convincing themselves they just had the greatest sex in their entire life. Laughable if not so pathetically nauseating.

coneflower 10 years, 9 months ago

b3 your diatribe shows how little you know - about liberals, and about society.

You should stop purchasing your stereotypes from Rush Limbaugh because you are getting ripped off.

coneflower 10 years, 9 months ago

R_T you are complaining in here 24/7. Being miserable is a horrible way to live.

mick 10 years, 9 months ago

Sheehan is not running to win. She knows that she will take votes from Pelosi. Pelosi should be afraid. The Republican might win, even in SF. What Sheehan is saying is that party politics is not working. The only difference between Republicans and Democrats is in what they say, not in what they accomplish. Let them by their fruits be known.

jonas 10 years, 9 months ago

"I'm sure this is very commonplace in Lawrence, along with the voyeurism that you appear to engage in and thoroughly enjoy right along with them."

Errrrr. . . . right.

Good riposte, though! Very sharp and quick-witted!

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