The Sheehan media circus rolled into DC this weekend, and immediately she proved that she’s united the Democratic Party. They’re united in their desire not to be seen anywhere near Sheehan.
WASHINGTON (Knight Ridder 09/22/2005) – As the anti-war movement arrives in Washington this weekend, many top Democrats are leaving.
Nationally known Democratic war critics, including Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Russell Feingold of Wisconsin and John Kerry of Massachusetts, won’t attend what sponsors say will be a big anti-war rally Saturday in Washington.
The only Democratic officeholders who plan to address the rally are Reps. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia and John Conyers of Michigan.
Conyers and McKinney hardly qualify as significant, given their status in the tin foil wing of the party. What’s odd is that, aside from a little publicized meeting with Hillary Clinton (probably at Clinton’s behest) the only politician talking about meeting with Sheehan is Arizona Senator John McCain. He went to great length’s to explain that Sheehan was a constituent, and though he vehemently disagreed with her, he at least owed her one private meeting. He reminded the media that Bush too had already meet with Sheehan, and that she wouldn’t be getting a second meeting with either.