August 25, 2005

Why bother addressing the issues when you can just spinwhore?

Don't get me wrong. This isn't in any way addressed at Mrs. Pruett. But I find it fairly contemptible that the White House's only substantive response to the concerns of Cindy Sheehan - who, whatever else she may be, is a mother who lost her son in Iraq - is to find a mother who has four of her own sons there and trot her out on stage.

While her (and her family's) views on the war are completely legitimate, what bothers me is that instead of addressing Ms. Sheehan's concerns, the White House instead chooses to put on a song and dance to remind us that there are people that hold views opposite hers.

Well, duh. Of course there are. That's the whole point of having a free society, which is what they claim they're protecting. Demonstrating this means absolutely nothing. All it does is to use the bully pulpit of the White House PR machine to provide an opposing image to Sheehan - in other words, do absolutely nothing of substance that even considers her position. Rather, actively expend energy showing the American public cherry-picked supporters of their own position. Oh, wait - that's what they've been doing since day one, right? Heaven forfend they actually deal with the fact that people disagree with them.

Posted by jbz at August 25, 2005 2:23 PM | TrackBack


i do notice that mrs pruett has not actually lost anyone. wouldn't it have been more effective for mr bush to find a mother who'd already lost her son and was still perfectly pro-war and ready to send his brothers in?

Posted by: cheridy at August 26, 2005 12:38 AM
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