August 16, 2005

The Ultimate Cindy Sheehan Post

Greg Gutfield at the Huffington Post wrote a column that really sums up the liberal support of the Cindy Sheehan spectacle:

Sitting here with my can of beer online shopping for a new gardening hat, I can't help but think: what do the thoughtful Huffposters really want out of this media-inflated standoff with President Bush? It must be: The CHIEF BRODY SLAP.

THE CHIEF BRODY SLAP is based on the infamous scene in Jaws when a distraught mom slaps Roy Scheider across the face. Her son was eaten by a shark, but she blames the sheriff. Because he didn't do enough. It's not the shark, it's the sheriff. ...

THE CHIEF BRODY SLAP (CBS) is a chief staple in an any liberal diet: a fiery mix of outrage, self-rightious indignation and condemnation delivered from a moral highground so lofty it gives you a nosebleed. The Brody Slap is predicated on the idea that you don't need a solution, only blame. Who needs a real alternative when you're already outraged? It's easy! ....

For the Brody Slap to work, the Huffpo will want Cindy Sheehan to talk to the President about her son in the same way Michael Moore wanted to talk to Roger Smith about Michigan poverty....not because something constructive will come out of the encounter, but because it will feel good making somebody else look evil. And then, of course, haul off and whack the commander in chief so hard that even Roy Scheider feels it (in the Hamptons).THAT'S THE CHIEF BRODY SLAP.

So while the Huff-posters pretend to feel sympathy for the mother, who no doubt deserves it, it's an act. They are using her, and that makes them stink of tripe. And not the good kind you can use to make haggis.

Wow. Good post. Needless to say, many of the regular Huffington Post readers were appalled...Maybe it strikes a chord with them because it is very true. Does anyone really think that a meeting between Cindy Sheehan and the President (who have already met once under non-politicized circumstances) will do anything to either (a) relieve Cindy Sheehan of her grief or (b) end the Iraq war? No. At best, it embarrasses the President and gives the anti-war left more press.

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