Wednesday, August 17, 2005

When Presidents Were Smarter

A previous president gracefully solved a similar problem to that presented by Cindy Sheehan. He sent Eleanor. And he made an appropriate policy response.

The right works itself into a lather about her in hopes of making her just go away. They don't see that even if she is all the things they accuse her of being, her symbolic vigil still matters a great deal because of the central problem that brought her and other parents to the Texas roadside. She lost her son and the administration's (hswib) incompetence is the cause. There's nothing the right can say that diminishes that fact. And until this administration works as hard on making it right as it has on making it wrong, it is diminished by one grieving mother.

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