cindy sheehan’s next move

Posted on July 9, 2007


Should the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi be worried?

Prominent war activist Cindy Sheehan says she would run against Pelosi in California, with an eye on unseating her, if Pelosi doesn’t start action to impeach President George W. Bush.

Sheehan’s not fooling around. She has given Pelosi a two-week deadline, July 23, the same day that she and her supporters will make it to Washington DC after a 13-day march from the group’s war protest site near Bush’s Crawford ranch.

“Democrats and Americans feel betrayed by the Democratic leadership,” Sheehan said. “We hired them to bring an end to the war.” Sheehan told AP that she lives in a Sacramento suburb and will give Pelosi “a run for her money”.

Sheehan gave several grounds for Bush’s impeachment, among them such as misleading the American public about the reasons for going to war in Iraq.

How realistic are Sheehan’s chances?

For one, she does have nation-wide name recognition. Her anti-Iraq war protests were borne out of grief of the death of her son in Iraq in 2004, when she started to camp out at the Bush’s vacation home in Crawford in 2005. Her agony and protest drew thousands of supporters along with coverage by the national media.

The momentum towards impeaching Bush is also picking up in Sheehan’s favor. Just last week, a poll showed that a majority of Americans, 45 percent, thought that Bush should be impeached. However, 46 percent opposed the idea. Still, if there’s anywhere that would be more likely to have people who’d be likely to impeach Bush, California would fit that bill, and that puts Pelosi’s job at a certain degree of risk.

Sheehan’s candidacy will no doubt rally anti-Iraq war voters and generate huge interest. She could also get lots of financial support.

Pelosi is vulnerable, as is the Democratic Congress. When it took office in January, it had a 43 percent approval rating. But its rating has since sunk to about the same low levels as Bush’s, a bit below 30 percent. “And Pelosi’s own approval ratings have slipped, from 48 percent in a March poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press to 36 percent last month in a Los Angeles Times/ Bloomberg poll. Over the same time frame, her disapproval ratings climbed from 22 percent to 39 percent,” the Washington Post reports.

It’s telling that Pelosi’s people have provided a response to Sheehan’s announcement, while the Bush administration hasn’t. Sheehan could be shaping up to be more than just a constituent and Pelosi’s camp is probably watching what Sheehan does next, while the Bush administration doesn’t care anyway.

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