"Cat Fight with Light Sabers!"
The Washington Post is reporting that famed Peace Activist Mom Cindy Sheehan is considering a challenge to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her San Francisco congressional seat in 2008 unless the Speaker puts impeachment back on the table by July 23rd.
I for one applaud Sheehan for such a crazy and bold move. Mainstream pundits and of course the democratic leadership are dismissive of such a challenge, however all that shows is just how out of touch these masters of spin have become. There are a great many factors which come into play here and the vast majority of them favor Sheehan over Pelosi.
Sure, Cindy Sheehan is a bit nutty, but honestly that's practically a requirement to become a member of congress these days, and one thing she does have that most do not is good intentions. Nancy Pelosi on the other hand represents everything that is wrong with our political system. Pelosi is the Old Guard, filthy in PAC contributions, special interest money and basically a cornerstone of the whole corrupt 'money for favors' politicking which the vast majority of Americans have come to despise. A powerhouse in the shadowy world of fund raising, Mrs. Speaker has also slapped the American People in the face with policy issues since taking office. Nancy Pelosi is the face of congress, a congress that is at an all time low in approval ratings (Only Cheney and Bin Laden are lower!). This is not by accident. With a clear mandate from the people in 2006 to end the Iraq War and restore Civil Liberties, Nancy's congress has done neither. In fact, she has done nothing but political grand standing since taking office. Absolutely zero of the 'people's business'. A track record of broken promises, hollow gestures and scorning the will of the people isn't much to run on. How's that swamp draining coming along? From here it looks like the democrats stepped up to the trough vacated by their republican counterparts and gorged themselves on pork. Paying back favors for campaign assistance. How long do they think the American People will stand for this? What right did Nancy have to take impeachment 'off the table' in the first place? It's not her place to decide. If impeachable offenses have been committed, then it's her duty to follow up on them. Perhaps she forgot who she works for: The American People. Well, you can bet the American People won't forget. Not this time. Voters identifying themselves as independents now outnumber those of either party and the reason is obvious - they are sick of both parties and the whole corrupt system.
The 2008 elections will share their central issue with the 2006 elections: The War. People are sick and tired of this ill conceived, mismanaged travesty of a war. The Bush Escalation has increased the body count significantly and it's still on the rise. The democrats have abandoned their mandate and are playing games with the lives of our soldiers in the balance for political gain. Blame for every life lost since the 2006 elections is now shared by the democrats and mostly the democratic leadership. By election time, anti-war sentiment will likely be over 85%, this would be a very bad time to lock horns with a peace activist, even one as odd as Cindy Sheehan, especially in what is in essence America's hotbed of activism. Ron Paul's meteoric rise to the first tier on a shoestring budget has shown that the internet is fast nullifying old school big money candidates and their ability to buy elections, even those like Mrs. Speaker with ties to the Bohemian Grove candidate selection farm. Nancy Pelosi would do well to pay heed to both Cindy Sheehan and the American People if she plans on keeping her job for another term.