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“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

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