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    Monday, January 30, 2006

    Sisterhood is Powerful Part II: Sheehan's Next Victim

    Cindy Sheehan might challenge Senator Dianne Feinstein:

    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.

    "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.

    "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.

    Feinstein's campaign manager, Kam Kuwata, said the senator "doesn't support George Bush and his war policies."

    "She has stated publicly on numerous occasions that she felt she was misled by the administration at the time of the vote," Kuwata said by phone from California.

    But with troops committed, Feinstein believes immediate withdrawal is not a responsible option, Kuwata said.

    "Senator Feinstein's position is, let's work toward quickly turning over the defense of Iraq to Iraqis so that we can bring the troops home as soon as possible," he said.


    Now, I'm not feeling too warmly toward Sen. Feinstein these days myself, but please!

    If this woman actually had two seconds of political experience (and as much as we may like to count activism, activism is like being constantly on the campaign trail), maybe I could deal with the fact that she seems most concerned about slamming every Democratic woman she can find, while powerful men of the Party seem to elude her glare. Maybe I could deal with her running because she had a different point of view, but the idea that setting up camp at someone's ranch and then touring around the country in a protest bus is any preparation for an office of that magnitude is deeply disrespectful to the Senate and the country.

    But I still think the main thing that bugs me is her sexism.

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