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Cindy, Crawford, and the Bush Smear Machine

It's truly amazing what the human spirit can accomplish. From Gandhi's Salt March to Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail, a single person can fight a corrupt establishment and win -- when truth and justice is on his or her side.

Now, in 2005, along comes Cindy Sheehan, the California woman whose altar-boy son Casey was killed in Iraq last year. As you may have heard, Sheehan and some supporters have been camping out outside the Bush ranch in Crawford, Tex., refusing to leave until she gets a meeting with the president. Already, her plight has drawn media attention and could mark a turning point in public resistance to the war in Iraq.

That's when the right-wing smear machine jumped into its swift boats and tried to pull a "Joe Wilson" on Sheehan before her plight captivates more folks out in TV Land. Today on the Drudge Report, an item appeared describing how Sheehan already did meet with Bush 14 months ago, shortly after her son died, and -- based on a forgotten article (not even online, although now it is) in a small paper in the Sheehan's hometown of Vacaville -- she had said some seemingly glowing things about George W. Bush…

The point, we guess, is that Cindy Sheehan is just like Kerry and Wilson and the rest of them, "a flip-flopper," and so nothing the woman says can be trusted. Frankly, other than the honor of spending a few nights in a county jail, we don't see what exactly is so expedient about Sheehan going from a conventional posture to her current, confrontational one.

But the truth is, when you look at the whole record, that Cindy Sheehan has been completely consistent on the war from Day One. Follow the timeline of statements from her and her supporters (information gathered through Nexis). To paraphase John Kerry himself, she was against the war before she was against it…

[Click through for the specific quotes.—Caro]

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