More on Cindy Sheehan and the Incompetence of the Bush Administration




It's been clear to anyone with the slightest amount of common sense that this whole Sheehan business has gotten way out of hand for the Bush folks, and what's more, there was no need for it ever to have happened. I've never taken a public relations class in my life, never done any sort of image spin--in fact, one could argue, based on the way I've ranted on this blog at times, that my personal public relations are a bit hairy to say the least--and even I saw an easy way out of this one for Bush.

The day she popped up in Crawford, all he had to do was bring her up to the gate, tell the reporters that he and Cindy were going to have a little private conversation, no cameras or reporters, and that she could answer all the questions she wanted to afterward, but that as far as he was concerned, this would be the end of it. Take her inside, give her a glass of lemonade, think about trucks or something while she talked, say thanks and hustle her out the door again. I mean, it's not like Sheehan expects any real answers here--she's making a statement for political effect, and everyone knows it.

So why give her a platform? I mean, does anyone think that if a mother of a soldier who died in the Bosnian conflict made a big deal of wanting to see Clinton and ask him what her son died for parked herself anywhere within earshot of Clinton and the press that Clinton wouldn't have taken the time to talk to her? Not because anything she had to say would change his mind, but because it defuses the story. The story dies before it has a chance to become a story.

And yet Bush leaves her out on the side of the road in Crawford, Texas, gaining sympathy and press notoriety, and the right-wing attack dogs who have sold their souls to Bush, putting party above country yet again, slime her, call her a media whore, call her a disgrace, say her son would be ashamed of her were he still alive. I understand that Bush lives in a bubble, but he's got to know that he's already hurting on the Iraq issue, and that this isn't helping him any.

And yet, given the opportunity today to end the situation, what does he do? While on his way to a Republican fundraiser, his motorcade passed right by the protestors and didn't stop.

As Bush passed on his way to and from a political fundraiser, law enforcement blocked two intersecting roads where the demonstrators have camped out all week. Officers required the group to stand behind yellow tape, but no one was asked to leave.

The motorcade didn't stop.

Cindy Sheehan, the California mother who started the vigil along the road leading to Bush's ranch, held a sign that read: "Why do you make time for donors and not for me?"

I guess Bush really is like his mother. He doesn't want to waste his beautiful mind on things like protestors, on mothers of the soldiers he sent to their deaths based on nothing but lies.

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