Today, the AP is reporting on Cindy Sheehan's visit with Hugo Chavez and how she is considering challenging Dianne Feinstein for her California Senate seat.
First of all, this is a good thing. But first, let me say a few things about Sen. Feinstein.
I usually disagree with her stances on issues and her overall ideology. If I had to quantify it, I would call it somewhere around the 80-85% range. But with that said, I have never found her to be anywhere near the same category of a liberal as Cindy Sheehan, Howard Dean, Ted Kennedy, or John Kerry. (et al.) While I have listened to her many times using poor logic and weak/faulty data to justify her wrong positions, I have never seen her act in the same indignant, immature, hateful, and disrespectful manner as those I just named. In short, I believe she is a lady and deserves respect, as such.
But back to the article and the story behind it.
So now, we have an exploited tool of the hard left visiting an openly hostile leader of a Latin American country, that espouses hard leftist socialist beliefs (a la Castro). But that isn't enough news for one day, the article goes on to report that Ms. Sheehan is now considering a run for Sen, Feinstein's seat. Why? Because she is not advocating the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq. Isn't that always her one issue agenda?
But let's think about this a second, she visits Hugo and announces she may run for the Senate, in conjunction with that visit. Do you think that Hugo cut her a check for a campaign contribution?
So, just why is this a good thing? Two reasons immediately come to mind.
1. It will be a referendum once and for all on these hard leftists. The primary battle that this would be, would be a microcosm of the overall battle for the heart and soul of the Democratic party, that will most certainly take place during the presidential primary process, in 08.
2. It will put Sen. Feinstein into a position to be on the defense for a change. As far to the left as she is on most issues, she will look very moderate compared to the radical Sheehan . She will be forced to go on the record defending why she has not called for the immediate withdrawal of troops, as well as other issues that Sheehan may be delusional enough, to believe that she can challenge the Senator on.
Clearly, Mrs. Sheehan will be in way over her head. That's how it will become more apparent to more rational and sensible Democrats (the minority that they are) that the moonbat strategy of campaigning against Bush just for the sake of it, is not good strategy. And, it will lead to another defeat in 08, if they do not come up with some ideas as alternatives to what the GOP has to offer.
So get ready for the 2006 Midterm Election season. Get ready for one more last dying gasp from the Bush is Satan groups like Move On, Code Pink and others. Get ready for one more referendum on President Bush. Expect to hear many promises to impeach Bush, if Dems win a majority. And realize that Cindy Sheehan may get her clock cleaned in the primary, so bad, she may finally realize that her message does not resonate well, with those that have common sense. Not even with mainstream liberal California Democrats.