Justin Raimondo Tutors Cindy Sheehan

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Justin Raimondo ran against Nancy Pelosi in 1996 as a Republican, scoring 12 percent and winning 22,828 votes, better even than the dude who got trampled by Pelosi last year.

When I ran against Pelosi, she adamantly refused to debate, and we had to literally hunt her down by mau-mauing her "constituent meetings," which were invariably staged events that allowed for little interplay with the audience. I did catch her unawares, however, by showing up at one such gathering, shaming her into giving me the microphone, and warning the audience that Pelosi's infatuation with "humanitarian" interventions, in the Balkans and the Middle East, would soon lead us down the path to war. The local television station captured this moment, with me pointing an accusatory finger in the future Speaker's direction, wondering aloud how many body-bags it would require before the voters took notice.

Ten years have passed, and my accusation – or was it a prediction? – turns out to have been all too accurate: Pelosi & Co. have just shepherded enough funds to keep the war machine grinding up our troops and the Iraqi people until September, while the Democratic "withdrawal" plans all involve sanctioning a permanent U.S. outpost in Iraq, to be guarded in perpetuity by a "residual" army of occupation.

And Raimondo handicaps Sheehan's chances:

People are sick and tired of Pelosi and what she represents: a smug, decadent, corrupted "liberalism" that would extend the long arm of Washington into our lives and the lives of people all around the globe. San Francisco deserves better, and may just get it. I realize that the pundits and political mavens are going to dismiss the chances of an upstart like Sheehan beating the speaker of the House, but Pelosi really does have a glass jaw. The Green Party candidate for mayor, Matt Gonzalez, nearly beat "mainstream" liberal Democrat Gavin Newsom a few years back, and the Greenies are a force to be reckoned with – especially if the central issue of the campaign is the Iraq war, as it is bound to be with Sheehan running. Sheehan could win, because San Francisco is that kind of town – a place where national trends are rehearsed before they go "mainstream" in the rest of the country.

Actually Sheehan has said she'll run as an independent, not a Green, although I've put a call into the local GP to see if they'd run her.

Worth pointing out: the "aggrieved parent running against national leader" gambit was tried recently, in the UK's 2005 general election, when a man named Reg Keys ran against Tony Blair. He came in a poor fourth with 10.3 percent of the vote (and had 103 siphoned away by the Blair Must Go Party), but in the UK you get to appear onstage and make a speech with the other candidates, and Keys got an unforgettable confrontation out of that.

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  1. So Pelosi wins with 80% of the vote but people are “sick” of her?

    Sheehan stands no chance. Remember that the people of San Franciso are very smart and are not going to cast out one of America’s most powerful leaders as their representative.

    Only someplace like South Dakota would do that.

  2. People are sick and tired of Pelosi and what she represents: a smug, decadent, corrupted “liberalism” that would extend the long arm of Washington into our lives and the lives of people all around the globe.

    What people is he talking about? Surly not the people of San Francisco. The Green Party’s problem with Democrats, is they don’t do enough of that. Greens want to regulate everything.

  3. I would say Cindy Sheehan’s chances are marginally worse than Ron Paul’s, but that’s only Because Raimondo hasn’t endorsed Ron Paul.

  4. Hello, Cindy? Hell here. We have a pool of water that used to be your snowball.
    What do you want us to do with it?

  5. while the Democratic “withdrawal” plans all involve sanctioning a permanent U.S. outpost in Iraq, to be guarded in perpetuity by a “residual” army of occupation.

    Regardless of all the nashing of teeth in the media, the Democratic Party has no plans to abandon Iraq. The Republicans and Democratics are merely arguing over small numbers of troops that will actually be out on patrol where they might get shot.

    In many ways, liberals that support the Democratic Party are getting screwed worse than small-government conservatives are getting screwed by the current Republican administration.

  6. People are sick and tired of Pelosi and what she represents: a smug, decadent, corrupted “liberalism” that would extend the long arm of Washington into our lives and the lives of people all around the globe.

    What planet is Raimondo on? That is the definition of liberalism in San Francisco.

  7. Look, I didn’t say it would be a “cakewalk” for Cindy, just that she does indeed have a credible shot at winning. The reason: it’s all about culture, which means, loosely put, that Pelosi represents Pacific Heights, while Sheehan symbolizes the Haight and the Mission. To those of you who don’t live in SF, these cultural signposts may be obscure, but, believe you me, they are very real in Baghdad-by-the Bay. Pelosi routinely shows up at her “constituent meetins” dressed to the nines: I remember once she showed up in an Armani suit that must have cost more than the combined incomes of half the audience. The woman is cluelessly arrogant, and is just begging to be brought down a notch or three. San Franciscans are proud of their contrarian reputation, and Cindy, believe it or not, might just pull it off. Barring outright victory, she would easily poll 35 percent of the vote — which, here in SF, would be the equivalent of a political earthquake.

  8. Reading shit like this really makes me think I’ve wandered into a Bozo the Clown convention. Why do libertarians consitently confuse polictial analysis with wishful thinking? I mean, Fuck!

  9. It’s all we have?

  10. I use to hate Sheehan’s shrill bullshit…

    and the fact that her son by all accounts would have strongly disagreed with her.

    No I don’t mind her so much.

    Of course then i think…by removing Polosi and even if she was replaced by a pile of monkey shit would only improve the dem’s leadership.

  11. It may be wishful thinking, but it sure would be entertaining – go Cindy!

  12. In many ways, liberals that support the Democratic Party are getting screwed worse than small-government conservatives are getting screwed by the current Republican administration.

    One might even argue that “liberals” that support Democrats are either colossally dumb or in fact are not liberals at all.

  13. When I ran against Pelosi, she adamantly refused to debate, and we had to literally hunt her down by mau-mauing her “constituent meetings,” which were invariably staged events that allowed for little interplay with the audience.

    So true. I ran, as a Libertarian, against another Democrat here in the Bay Area. The Democrats put all of their energy and funds into the primary election; whoever wins that one is virtually guaranteed to win the final election.

  14. Hey, Raimondo! When are you finally gonna admit that Bush was right and you were wrong about Iraq, huh? Feel that democracy spreading throughout the Middle East!

  15. Let’s see, Ron Paul, Cindy Sheehan, or a lottery ticket? I think I’ll spend the money on a lottery ticket. How are my chances, Justin? Give me some hope, Man. Break it down for me. I can win, can’t I?

  16. “Regardless of all the nashing of teeth in the media, the Democratic Party has no plans to abandon Iraq. The Republicans and Democratics are merely arguing over small numbers of troops that will actually be out on patrol where they might get shot.”

    It just goes to show how the Republicrats and Democans both support the welfare/warfare state.

  17. This is the Nancy Pelosi who whipped a strong majority of her caucus into opposing the AUMF bill, in the face of the mau-mauing we all remember so well from 2002; who led the Democrats when they took back the House, changing the terms of the Iraq debate from “should we leave?” to “when will we leave?”; who passed a funding-cutoff bill; who voted against the “benchmarks” bill; and who is going to attach additional funding cutoffs to the un-veto-able Defense Authorization Bill this Fall, right?

    I’m sure when that happens, Cindy Sheehan and Justin Raimondo will take credit for it when Nancy Pelosi did exactly what she promised to do, and exactly what she has been doing for years now.

  18. Nancy will have to push real hard to get joe’s head out of her rectum.

  19. Man, it’s going to be fun re-posting other people’s comments on the thread about the Defense Authorization Bill.

  20. Nancy, the wax museum called.
    They want you back.

  21. ed, the Society of Sexist Fuckheads called. You left your membership card in the sewer.

  22. Justin Raimondo and Cindy Sheehan can’t win because they supports piece. Peace is a liberal plot to keep Jeorge Bush from fightin’ for our rites in Irak. The American peaple want WAR, the American peaple want DEATH!!!.

    Gives me liberty or gives me DEATH!!!

  23. Pelosi routinely shows up at her “constituent meetins” dressed to the nines: I remember once she showed up in an Armani suit that must have cost more than the combined incomes of half the audience.

    I don’t get this complaint. Is Justin suggesting that if Pelosi showed up to meet her consitituents in a cheaper suit people would like her more? Maybe she’d win 85% of the vote instead of just 80%?

  24. American peaple want DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!! DEATH!!!

  25. Tell Big Pharma.

  26. Dan T

    Jason Raimondo is not the brightest bulb in the Libertarian lamp.

  27. Niether is Justin Raimondo.

  28. ed, the Society of Sexist Fuckheads called. You left your membership card in the sewer.

    Shouldn’t that be the Society of Ageist Fuckheads, Edward? A minor quibble.

  29. Honestly, folks, the spoofing is lame.

  30. I would say Cindy Sheehan’s chances are marginally worse than Ron Paul’s, but that’s only Because Raimondo hasn’t endorsed Ron Paul.

    That’s funny, because Mr. Raimondo will be speaking at a Ron Paul rally in California this Saturday. Will he slip up and let loose an endorsement? You’ll have to be there to find out! http://www.ronpaulrally.com.

    p.s. Actually, I was hoping that Eric the Dondero would be there as well. Then we could rope off the stage and let them battle it out to determine who the Real Libertarian(tm) is.

  31. ed,

    You’re right. My apologies.

  32. Mr. Raimondo will be speaking at a Ron Paul rally in California this Saturday.

    That should put the last nail in Ron Paul’s coffin, if they haven’t buried the thing already.

  33. Again, didn’t she say she would retire from public life? What an asshole.

  34. I’m glad to learn that it is our war machine that is grinding up the Iraqi people. Here all along, I thought it was the bombs of the “insurgents”. But I guess it was us. Every day when you read about a car bomb going off in a Baghdad market, that was really a B-52. When you hear about a hospital or police station being destroyed by men wearing dynamite vests, that was a tomahawk missile. When a Mosque is blown up, that’s an A-10. I could go on, but I think you see the light. This guy is so right. Thanks for the wisdom.

    Could the “anti-war” people please spare one tenth the distain they have for what the US is doing to lavish on what the other side is doing? Would that be too much to ask?

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