Cindy Sheehan meets Hugo Chavez.
This is a perfect example of the mainstreaming of the extreme left in American politics. Hugo Chavez is a dangerous person, and is essentially a sworn enemy of the United States. He may have special hatred for GW Bush, but anyone who thinks his attitude about America would have changed if JF Kerry was elected completly misunderstands what Hugo Chavez is trying to do. The only reason Chavez would be kinder to JF Kerry or another Democrat is because he’d feel that he had more ability to pursue his personal ambitions unchecked by concerns for American national self-interest. And he’d be right.
But because Chavez makes public statements attacking GW Bush, he attracts the loony left like flies to cow patties. Much like Castro, they feel that anyone who attacks conservatives is a friend, and anyone who attacks GW Bush is a bosom buddy.
It is hard to overstate the danger of this sort of knee-jerk acceptance by the hard left of Marxist despots such as Chavez and Castro. I’m sure that there are still some Democrats out there who see Cindy Sheehan beaming approval at Hugo Chavez and think “wait a minute, is this where we really want to go?” But they are becoming fewer and fewer.
Let’s see if Cindy Sheehan gets invited to sit with Jimmy Carter at the next DNC.