Sheehan vs. Pelosi?

I’ve been staring down this headline for a good portion of the day, “Sheehan Wants Impeachment, Pelosi’s Job,” not thoroughly sure how to take it.

See, I’ve always been a little off balance when it comes to Cindy Sheehan. I respect her position, and her history. Her son had given his life for his country, for a cause that is questionable at best, and this mother has been trod upon by the administration every step of the way.

They Republicans and Bushites love military family members that will accept a simple, “Thank you for you and your son’s service” and then shut the hell up, but they kinda seem thrown off by someone who won’t take the cliched platitude so easily.

At the same time, I find it difficult to support Sheehan in her new quest, that of a seat in the US House of Representatives.

For one thing, she seems to be pretty much a one issue candidate. Yes, Iraq is the biggest issue facing Americans, and yes she has a uniquely significant context from which to frame that debate, but beyond that, where are the qualifications? What happens when it comes time to work on the budget, the economy, taxes, defense appropriations, and virtually everything else that is involved with running the United States Federal Government?

There’s the naivity of the concept of the run; since Nancy won’t impeach Bush, Sheehan somehow has it in her head that she will, not really understanding that freshmen congressmen are essentially the lowest of the low, barely a step above the custodians. As one freshman congressman put it, “Getting elected the first time doesn’t mean much more than you got your foot in the door. Pretty much from day one you are already preoccupied with working towards winning reelection.”

Even if Cindy doesn’t want to keep her seat, if the rest of the House is opposed to impeachment, her presence won’t do much more than ruffle a few feathers, and probably the wrong way.

Which leaves me at an awkward position, admiring her strength and resolve, respecting her conviction in what is right and what is wrong, but at the same time lamenting her decisions. While there could be better, I think Nancy Pelosi has been surprisingly better at being a Speaker than many would have given her credit for, plus, she’s been in the House for somewhere around two decades, which means she knows how the place runs.

On the other hand, Cindy Sheehan would be an inexperienced one issue candidate whose political views have sometimes been portrayed as disturbingly beyond left field.

There’s little doubt in my mind that Sheehan will run against Pelosi, she’s at least proven that much. She isn’t easily stopped. But the campaign itself I think will be somewhat sad, with Pelosi more than likely bowling over Sheehan like a juggernaut.

What worries me even more is if Cindy actually wins. Don’t get me wrong, I have a world of respect for the woman, I’m just not sure I want to see her in the House of Representatives.

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