FOXNews Cindy Sheehan, the peace activist who set up camp near President Bush's Texas ranch last summer, said Saturday she is considering running against Sen. Dianne Feinstein to protest what she called the California lawmaker's support for the war in Iraq.
This is good news. The Rabid Left won't let her get by with it, but it will be nice to see a fight on the left, and with Dems criticizing Sheehan."She voted for the war. She continues to vote for the funding. She won't call for an immediate withdrawal of the troops," Sheehan told The Associated Press in an interview while attending the World Social Forum in Venezuela along with thousands of other anti-war and anti-globalization activists.
Go get her, Cindy!!!!"I think our senator needs to be held accountable for her support of George Bush and his war policies," said Sheehan, whose 24-year-old soldier son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004.
CQ blogged Feinstein has always enjoyed a lock on her seat, and even the GOP hasn't focused as much of their energy on her as they have on the more-radical Barbara Boxer. Feinstein's relatively centrist approach has made her a tougher target for Republican opponents in liberal California. The state Republican party has been in disarray for several years and mostly unable to mount serious challenges for state-wide seats for the last decade. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger's surprise election as governor has done little to build party credibility.
A primary challenge to Feinstein might give Golden State Republicans an opening to reverse that trend. With Sheehan attacking Feinstein from the leftist base, Feinstein will have to move towards Sheehan to head off the Senator's traditional Bay-area support from abandoning her for the new radical on the block. That will leave Feinstein vulnerable in the general election, especially if the GOP can find a well-known, credible challenger for her seat.
It will probably prove a long shot for the GOP, but it might turn out that Sheehan could be an unexpected gift for GOP hopes of reinvigorating the party on the West Coast.
Stephen Bainbridge blogged I don't agree with very many of Diane Feinstein's policies and I've never voted for her, but that doesn't prevent me from admiring her considerable political skills. She's doubtless the most popular politician in California and deservedly so. She's smart, a demon fund raiser, and well within the mainstream of California politics. I can't imagine Sheehan getting 5 or, maybe, 10% of the primary vote unless Feinstein decides to deliberately pull her punches so as to avoid excessively enraging the left coast Kosites in the party.
Mark Noonan blogged You know, Cindy, you're right - Feinstein does need to be held accountable. We can't let such a warmongering, right wing Senator continue to represent the people of the San Franciso Bay area, Santa Monica and other enclaves of the People's Democratic Republic of California. You know, Cindy, Feinstein is Jewish...and you know what that means! That's right - she's part of the Zionist plot to get America to fight for Israel (and oil, etc) by conquering Iraq from its freedom-loving President, Saddam Hussein.
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Sean Hackbarth blogged Please! Please! Please! Run, Cindy run! Seriously, other than sheer entertainment value a Cindy Sheehan run for California Senator would be immediately dead in the water. She's a kook who hangs around Hugo Chavez and Harry Belafonte. She'd grab the votes of only the Joel Steins of California and not those who still love their country but have become disillusion over the Iraq War. Plus the California GOP has shown no ability to field a credible state-wide candidate who isn't a celebrity.