Shinning a spotlight on Feinsteins malignant war blemishes would be the focal point of her campaign. Undoubtedly, Sheehan would receive generous support for her quest from Californias ever-increasing war resistance. Sean Penn would likely race to her side for photo-ops. The New York Times would write their slimy op-eds. Fox News would deploy their smear brigades -- this could potentially be the biggest thing the antiwar movement has seen since Sheehan propped up her tent outside Dubyas Crawford ranch. In the least it would get the American public talking.
Theres a catch, however. Sheehan would be running as a Democrat. Her antiwar campaign for the Senate, consequentially, would be terminated after the summers primary election if she didnt pull off a victory. Of course, thats if Sheehan decided to endorse Feinstein -- who shes dubbed a despicable warmonger.
Fortunately, I cannot imagine the savvy Sheehan would ever do such thing.
Indeed she was right. And the movement would gain nothing from Cindy Sheehan if she didnt carry her protest all the way up to Election Day, and beyond. Even if she did fall short in knocking off Feinstein in the primaries, Sheehan could still continue her antiwar crusade. But shed have to turn her back on the Democratic Party and in particular, Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Cindy Sheehan isnt the only antiwar campaign up against the despicable Feinstein. Todd Chretien, who is also a leader in the antiwar movement in the Golden State, is running as Green Party candidate. Following speculation that Sheehan too was thinking of challenging Feinstein, Chretien said, "I welcome Cindy, but Sen. Feinstein brought this on herself. If Cindy were to challenge Sen. Feinstein in the Democratic primary, the senator would discover how unpopular she has become with rank and file Democrats.
If Sheehan does file campaign papers she will likely come to a perilous crossroads after the primaries, where organizations like Progressive Democrats for America (who I am told would be sponsoring her campaign) and MoveOn.org would rather see her fall in line with the Democrats than continue her quest to end the war in Iraq. Sheehan and the antiwar movement would be better off supporting a candidate like Chretien than succumbing to lesser-evilism.
So lets hope on Election Day 06 that Cindy Sheehan is either on the ballot, or standing arm-in-arm with Todd Chretien on stage at a massive antiwar rally.