Jay Nordlinger on Cindy and the Dems

...What bothers me about mainstream Democrats is that they pretend she is not nuts, and they let her — yes, they let her — serve as a kind of spokesman, when she should be off having a rest or whatever.

It reminds me of what Mitch Snyder, the "homeless advocate," used to do in Washington, D.C. He'd have these poor homeless fellows as props — "Nothing wrong with Walter and Jeffrey here, just a little down on their luck, victims of a racist and capitalist society" — and they were obviously deranged. Snyder himself was barely hanging on. But everyone pretended.

And who has taught Cindy to mouth these lines? I know her greatest hits — about Bush as the world's No. 1 terrorist, about a war for oil, or for Halliburton, or for the Carlyle Group — but Victor Davis Hanson taught me a new one in his piece last Friday: "Yes, he [Casey Sheehan, Cindy's son] was killed for lies and for a PNAC neocon agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel."

No, someone had to teach Cindy to say that — "You've got to be carefully taught," as Oscar Hammerstein said. Who are the culprits? Who are these nasty and heartless exploiters? I think of the kids I went to college with. They'd arrive from Muskegon or wherever, perfectly sane, and within a month they'd be in the grip of nonsense. They'd met some smelly hippie at some stall — or, more likely, a teaching assistant in a classroom — and lost their marbles. Some recovered them relatively soon; others suffered lasting damage.

The Cindy Sheehan story is outrageous on 50 levels.


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