Once the "darling" of the Left, a woman to whom crowds flocked, Cindy Sheehan has discovered that she has worn out her welcome by attacking everyone. In a missive she sent to the Democratic caucuses in Congress, Sheehan has renounced her membership in the party, claiming to have been as abused by the Left as she was by the Right:
Cindy Sheehan, whose soldier son was killed in Iraq three years ago, said yesterday she was stepping down from her role as the figurehead of the US campaign against the war.
"This is my resignation letter as the 'face' of the American anti-war movement," she wrote in a sometimes bitter diary entry on the website Daily Kos. "I am going to take whatever I have left, and go home. I am going to go home and be a mother to my surviving children, and try to regain some of what I have lost." ...
"I was the darling of the so-called left as long as I limited my protests to George Bush and the Republican party," she wrote. "However, when I started to hold the Democratic party to the same standards that I held the Republican party, support for my cause started to erode, and the 'left' started labelling me with the same slurs that the right used."
On Saturday, in an open letter to Democratic members of Congress, she announced that she was leaving the party because she felt its leaders had failed to change the country's course in Iraq.
I used to comment regularly about Sheehan and her antics, but had laid off recently. For one thing, she presented too easy a target. She clearly had lost her bearings, if not her mind, lionizing Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez while reviling George Bush as a dictator. She rarely said or did anything coherent. While she was the face of the anti-war movement, it showed them as hysterical and very uninformed.
Democrats may have used and exploited her, as she complains now, but she allowed them to do it. She practically threw herself in front of cameras, and the Bush-hatred she spewed matched their own rhetoric perfectly. She didn't attempt to separate herself from the politics of the situation, but instead embraced it enthusiastically.
However, when she started literally kissing up to Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, the Democrats got very nervous about their connections to Sheehan. They started putting some distance between Sheehan's antics and the mainstream of the party, and when they did that, Sheehan lashed back at them. Apparently they answered her, and she didn't like criticism from her former supporters -- and now she's quitting as a result.
I hope she does return to her family and regain what she has lost. She lost her son, and she lost the rest of her family when she tried to turn herself into a weird kind of martyr. Now that she's climbing down off the cross, perhaps she can finally find some comfort in her surviving children and leave behind the lunacy she has exhibited in her fringe-Left campaign against not just George Bush but the country towards which she feels so much bitterness.
UPDATE: Rick Moran has more thoughts.