“Like the ghost of Hamlet’s father haunting Elsinore Castle, anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan appeared at the Capitol [. . .] to send the new Democratic leaders a clear message: Remember me.
“ ‘Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic leadership can no longer tell us what is on the table,’ Sheehan said on [Jan. 3], after commandeering a set of microphones from Democratic Rep. Rahm Emanuel. ‘We are the ones that put them in power and they are not including the peace movement.’
“Although the incident was a just a footnote to [the] coronation of Nancy Pelosi as the new speaker of the House, it is an indication of the tenuous position the new Democratic majority finds itself in. Democrats want to compile a set of accomplishments and shun the more radical elements of their party to demonstrate to voters that they can be trusted to govern responsibly, but by doing so they risk alienating the vehemently anti-war base of their party who helped put them in power.”
Philip Klein, writing on “I Paid for This Microphone, Mr. Emanuel,” Jan. 5 in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org