It's an opportunity to check up on Cindy Sheehan (search). Remember her?
Cindy got in some trouble with her own anti-war folks this past weekend when she complained about TV coverage of the hurricanes. She wanted some face time for her anti-war protest.
Here's what she said on a liberal Web site Saturday afternoon about 3:30 ET when Rita was just 12 hours on shore and peoples homes were smashed and water logged:
" ... It is a little wind and a little rain ... It is bad but there are other things going on in this country today ... and in the world!"
Her anti-war buddies didn't like that so much. One immediately wrote back:
"They've lost their homes, jobs and businesses and gone through fear and panic while you bask in your fan's adulation, party with your celebrity friends and play the star. Shame on you, you're jealous of media coverage of others' suffering. You've become a caricature and I no longer support you. I'm ashamed I ever did."
Cindy later posted another note on the Web site saying she was sorry for being misunderstood ... but she was frustrated that the media was no longer fixated on her ... or rather her war protest, her Bush protest, her ... well, her.
Then there was that issue of the picture of her being arrested. Cindy has a big smile on her face.
So her anti-war folks started a big debate about that.
Should Cindy have been smiling?
So Cindy got onto the Web site again and put in another note of explanation:
"I had not genuinely smiled since Casey was killed in Iraq. I thought my hope was buried along with my son and I was in a pit of hopeless despair."
So then other people jumped in and said Cindy deserves to smile, she should smile. "I'm glad you smiled," said one.
You know what all this proved to me?
Despite her protests, it isn't about the war anymore, it isn't about the loss of American lives, it isn't about the question whether the war was something American needed to do or just something a politician wanted to do. This is about Cindy.
You know what? I'm interested in the war and the war debate. But I'm not interested in Cindy.
That's My Word.
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