January 28, 2006


Blogs Attack From Left as Democrats Reach for Center (Jim VandeHei, January 28, 2006, Washington Post)

Democrats are getting an early glimpse of an intraparty rift that could complicate efforts to win back the White House: fiery liberals raising their voices on Web sites and in interest groups vs. elected officials trying to appeal to a much broader audience.

These activists -- spearheaded by battle-ready bloggers and making their influence felt through relentless e-mail campaigns -- have denounced what they regard as a flaccid Democratic response to the Supreme Court fight, President Bush's upcoming State of the Union address and the Iraq war. In every case, they have portrayed party leaders as gutless sellouts.

Only a leaderless, idealess party can be led by a flock of shut-ins.


Sheehan to Feinstein: Filibuster Alito, Or I'll Run Against You
(Melanie Hunter, January 27, 2006, CNSNews.com)

Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan has threatened to run for Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) seat unless Feinstein filibusters Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.

Sheehan, who was in Caracas, Venezuela Friday attending the World Social Forum, heard that several Democrats planned to filibuster Alito but that Feinstein, who is up for re-election in November, announced that she will vote against Alito but would not filibuster the nomination.

"I'm appalled that Diane Feinstein wouldn't recognize how dangerous Alito's nomination is to upholding the values of our constitution and restricting the usurpation of presidential powers, for which I've already paid the ultimate price," Sheehan said in a statement.

Ten years ago you'd have said that Ms Feinstein was independent enough to ignore such a loon, but since the Clinton Impeachment she's fallen into lockstep with the Left.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 28, 2006 7:39 AM

Thus the spectacle of career politician and U.S. senator Di-Fi cowering in fear of an antisemitic nutcase who's never so much as run for township trustee.

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 28, 2006 9:25 AM

Pity Diane caved on the filibuster -- a Cindy Sheehan political campaign combined with the far left fanatics and liberal celebrities in California would have made for a near-endless cycle of entertainment.

Posted by: John at January 28, 2006 9:44 AM

Money is Power.

The moonbats have lots of it and aren't afraid to use it.

Posted by: erp at January 28, 2006 10:02 AM

Cindy Sheehan didn't "pay the ultimate price"--she's just leeching that moral authority from someone who did.

Democrats say Alito is always against "the little guy"--but they don't come any littler than embryos, do they?

Posted by: Noel at January 28, 2006 1:20 PM

What would Sheehan get in a primary against Feinstein - 15% of the vote? And Dianne could draw on her husband's military contract fortunes to pay for everything in her campaign. How is Sheehan going to finance anything (especially in CA)?

Feinstein was looking for an excuse to renege. Maybe Gavin Newsom told her he would run against her - now that might have some effect.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 28, 2006 10:39 PM