The Manipulation of Cindy Sheehan
Last night I caught an interview with Cindy Sheehan on Hardball with Chris Matthews, and I have to say that for the most part I forgive this grieving mother for the contradictions and stupidity of her statements. Why? To be brutally honest, it’s clear that this isn’t the most intelligent woman in the world. Thus it’s quite sad to see her interviewed; asking her difficult questions with tough follow-ups would be the journalistic equivalent of picking a fight with a retarded kid.
But shame on those who are manipulating her to push an anti-Bush agenda. Having an anti-Bush agenda is one thing, but to use this woman as a pawn is inexcusable. I’ve been a consistent defender of Chris Matthews, but after 15 minutes of asking non-questions notice how he ended his interview with Sheehan:
MATTHEWS: Are you considering running for Congress, Cindy?
SHEEHAN: No, not this time. IÃ¢€˜m a one issue person. I know a lot about whatÃ¢€˜s going on in Iraq but I donÃ¢€˜t know anything about anything else. And I want to focus my energy on bringing the troops home.
MATTHEWS: Okay. I have to tell you, you sound more informed than most U.S. congresspeople so maybe you should run.
That’s either the most disgusting form of pandering or Chris Matthews is scarcely more intelligent than Cindy Sheehan. Perhaps both.