It's laughable that the Nation's Katha Pollitt wants to waste blog space whining about negative comments in response to her tirade against Cindy Sheehan for making the decision to launch a primary campaign against Nancy Pelosi for standing in the way of impeachment. Laughable, because she is admonishing Sheehan for perceived whining in her letter to Nation editor Katrina Vanden Heuvel.
Do us a favor Ms. Pollitt, and stop being such a whiny little hypocrite. You underestimated the level of anger and frustration so many Americans feel toward Pelosi, House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers, and other Democratic leaders who have consistently failed or refused to end the Iraq war and hold George W. Bush and Dick Cheney accountable for their crimes. Just as bad, you've failed to understand that Sheehan is right: too many Congressional Democrats have chosen to be complicit in the Bush regime's crimes. This is no more evident than in the failure to end the war by cutting off funding, permanently removing impeachment as an option for handling Bush & Co., and now the legalization of an illegal and unconstitutional wiretap program. Sheehan is doing the right thing, and all you can do is beg her not to run on the most ridiculous of grounds (you don't think she can win).
Sheehan's point in running against Pelosi isn't to win a seat in Congress, it's about sending a message to those who have abused their power along with the trust of the majority of Americans who want the Iraq war over and Bush and Cheney impeached. The same majority, I must add, that voted Democrats into power for the first time in twelve years last November. Pelosi never really wanted the speakership of the House of Representatives, except as her way of cementing her name in history as the first woman to hold the position. But gutless Nancy didn't want any of the responsibility that comes with being Speaker. Someone had to step up to the plate and announce a primary candidacy, and no one else of note having the courage to do it Sheehan decided she had to do something. At least Cindy Sheehan is doing something, which is far more than may be said of Nancy Pelosi.
To Katha Pollit, I say this: grow up. If you can't take a little criticism, don't dish it out in the first place. Or at least have the decency to direct the political voice the Nation gives you at those who are truly worthy of scorn, and leave people of courage and integrity like Cindy Sheehan alone.
Yours truly now has his own page at DailyKos, and I will post Truth Zone entries there in addition to here.