Cindy Sheehan, anti-war mother, known for Camp Casey, a protest outside of President Bush’s Crawford, Texas ranch, has filed to have her name placed on the upcoming ballot in an attempt to unseat Democrat Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
Ms. Sheehan, who burst onto the scene in the 2004 elections, demanding President Bush speak to her personally, after he had already met with her personally, took out the necessary papers Friday, at the San Francisco Court House, to begin the process to have her name placed on the ballot in opposition to the wealthy and popular Democrat Congresswoman from the District, Nancy Pelosi, who was elected as the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives after the Democrat takeover in the 2006 elections.
To be placed on the ballot, Sheehan will have to gather 10,198 signatures or her efforts to have her name placed on the ballot will fail. Sheehan says,
“It’s an uphill battle, but I'm excited about the signature-gathering process. It’s going to be an opportunity to talk to people about our campaign.”
Sheehan, who became disillusioned with the current Democrat party leadership because they failed to meet her July 23, 2007 deadline to introduce articles of impeachment against President Bush, announced last year her intent to run against Pelosi in 2008.
Sheehan announced then,
“I’m going to hold Nancy Pelosi accountable. I’m going to run in her district. And not only am I going to run, I’m going to win!”
Noting at the time that only 15 House members had signed a similar bill to impeach Vice President Cheney, Sheehan blurted,
“That tells me there’s 420 enablers of the Bush regime in Congress. We want to be represented finally, dammit! We want a say! The people are speaking, and the people want the criminals out of the White House,”shortly before she and the 45 protestors with her were arrested for refusing to leave the office of Democrat Congressman, John Conyers.
The corresponding secretary for the Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club, J. Paton Marshall penned an open letter to Sheehan at the time saying,
“If you continue with this threat to embarrass the speaker, it is very possible that the voters will turn against the Democratic leadership in Congress and return the Republicans to the majority. If that happens, all investigations will cease and justice for Bush and Cheney will be impossible.”
Club president, John Smith in endorsing the published letter added,
“We can’t sit here and shoot at ourselves. We are not the obstruction. Even though (Sheehan) wants impeachment, it’s not going to happen. It takes two-thirds of the Senate.”
Sheehan has had harsh words for other Democrats who failed to follow her whims on stopping the War on Terror, including candidate, Hillary Clinton.
Nancy Pelosi, the 10 term Representative from San Francisco, who traditionally garners upwards of 80% of the votes from the district, is no stranger to token challenges in elections, usually from a Republican. Sheehan does have name recognition and San Francisco is far left and filled with anti-war people, but Pelosi has experience, wealth and incumbency behind her, relegating Sheehan’s challenge to futile in many minds.
Sheehan, on the other hand, will have to gather the needed signatures to be on the ballot and faces a steep uphill battle in collecting funds through donations to base her challenge on. In many people’s minds, Sheehan disgraced herself, tarnished her Heroic sons sacrifice, alienated her family and many Veterans when she labeled a group of Viet Nam Veterans as “Rightest America Haters.”
Sheehan’s husband Pat, who divorced her during the early days of her protests outside the Crawford, Texas ranch of President Bush, takes a different track in grieving the loss of their son, Casey, who volunteered for a hazardous mission he didn’t have to go on and which cost him his life.
In opposing Pelosi, Sheehan claims, “she's out of touch with San Francisco's progressive roots.”
Sheehan is considered to be amongst the “longest of long shots” opposing Pelosi, not even giving her a moment's worry on Election Day. Democrats outnumber Republicans 56 percent to 10 percent in Pelosi’s district and incumbents rarely lose, leaving Pelosi every right to be making plans for her next term in office.
Sheehan, on the other hand and despite her wide popularity among the leftists during the 2004 campaign that failed to unseat Bush, leaves her looking much like comedian Peter Sellers did in the 1959 comedy, The Mouse That Roared, but more like a Mouse That Whispered.