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Poor Cindy Sheehan: It’s Not Easy Being a Has-Been

The former media darling has gone from the center of attention to wondering where all the cameras went.

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Pam Meister

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August 21, 2009 - 12:30 am
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Just a few years back, she was the media’s darling. Cindy Sheehan, mother of a soldier slain in Iraq, led the anti-war charge against George W. Bush. Egged on by the mainstream media and left-wing activists eager to put a “face” to their cause, she camped out in front of Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. The entire situation became a media circus, with Sheehan at its epicenter. We saw her getting her hair cut at “Camp Casey,” saw her visiting her son’s grave with media flunkies in tow, and watched her get up close and personal with Hugo Chávez. Feted and celebrated, she could do no wrong; she held what has been called an “absolute moral authority card.”

So what exactly happened? Where is Sheehan today? She said she was quitting public life back in 2007 when, according to her post on Daily Kos, her cutting ties with the Democratic Party got her “trashed on such ‘liberal blogs’ as the Democratic Underground. Being called an ‘attention whore’ and being told ‘good riddance’ are some of the more milder [sic] rebukes.” Just a year later, though, she tried to unseat Nancy Pelosi. Perhaps having had a taste of the limelight, she couldn’t help herself. But, as one could have predicted, she was beaten handily by San Fran Nan — receiving less than 18 percent of the vote.

You might think that Sheehan had given up entirely and gone back to the quiet, placid existence that most Americans live, but you’d be wrong. It’s just that the left and the media have finished with her. Having wrung every ounce of moral authority and celebrity out of the poor woman that they could, they’ve moved on to greener pastures. It’s an era of hope and change, you know, and now that The One™ is in office, Sheehan’s brand of anti-war activism is no longer a welcome diversion — it’s more of an unwelcome distraction. About 50 people joined Sheehan at a protest outside of Bush’s Dallas home in June, but few beyond local media noticed. Why Dallas? Quoth Sheehan:

We’re not at the White House because it takes a ton of money to get there, and there’s a depression caused by the guy who lives down that street.

No mention of Obama’s hand in our current economic downturn? Color me surprised. Yet I have to wonder if the reason for “no money” has less to do with the current economic climate and more to do with left-wing groups no longer wishing to finance her protest junkets in Washington, D.C.

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