Saint Cindy to run against Pelosi?
Will the loony, liberal left devour itself? Well, it seems like a distinct possibility anyway.
Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan said Sunday that she plans to run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) unless Pelosi introduces articles of impeachment against President Bush in the next two weeks.
Sheehan's deadline, July 23, is the same day she and her supporters are to arrive in Washington after a 13-day caravan and walking tour departing from the group's war protest site near Bush's Crawford ranch.
Sheehan said she lives in a suburb of Sacramento but declined to disclose the city, citing safety reasons. She added that she would run against Pelosi in 2008 as an independent and "would give her a run for her money."
"Democrats and Americans feel betrayed by the Democratic leadership," Sheehan said. "We hired them to bring an end to the war."
In other words, the Dems in Congress rode to power on the backs of the new left and are now facing an insurrection. And Pelosi, despite her recent moves to secure her authority, is in the crosshairs.
This was bound to happen eventually, as the Democrat party is far more fractious than the GOP in terms of its ideological make-up. Whereas conservatives comprise the vast majority of the Republican party - and an overwhelming majority of its grassroots activists - the Dems electoral coalition runs the gammut. And this is the only way their party can gain/keep power, as far fewer Americans consider themselves to be liberal than conservative.
While their party leadership tends to be very liberal, they're usually at least hip to the facts of American electoral life, and what it takes to remain in power - meaning they can't let the loony left always run the show because they'll scare off those moderate to conservative independents in the key swing districts and states that brought them to power in the first place.
This will be an interesting battle to watch, as Cindy's latest campaign is just the type of thing the liberal netroots are likely to zero in on...just as with the Lamont/Lieberman race. But this would be a US House race...much smaller and takes fewer resources to make a larger difference. Pelosi will be doing a high-wire act from this point.
And does this mean we'll have another Summer of Cindy...but this time on the Mall in DC...burning Pelosi in effigy?