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Sheehan: 'I'd Rather Live Under Chavez than Bush', Norah Gives Cindy Rough Ride
Hardball/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 07/05/2006 4:50:47 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

by Mark Finkelstein

July 5, 2006

As James Taranto suggested Monday in his WSJ 'Best of the Web' column, at some point you *can* question a person's patriotism. Cindy Sheehan surely passed that point long ago. But just in case there was any doubt, Sheehan made things clear this evening, flatly stating that she'd rather live under Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez than George Bush.

Sheehan made her comments during a Hardball appearance, during which guest host Norah O'Donnell, sitting in for Chris Matthews, gave her a surprisingly rough ride. At one point, O'Donnell asked: "Why go stand by side by Hugo Chavez in Venezuela? Why do that? Would you rather live under him than George Bush?

Sheehan: "Yes. Hugo Chavez is not a dictator like you introduced him. He's been democratically elected eight times. He is not anti-American, he has helped the poor people of America. He has sent aid to New Orleans, he has sold heating oil to disadvantaged people in America at low cost, and the people of his country love him."

The exchange over Chavez capped a rugged line of questioning to which O'Donnell subjected Sheehan. Other excerpts:

O'Donnell: "Americans may hate the war but they don't necessarily hate the president. How do you expect to get change by going around the world and trashing the President of the United States?"

Sheehan: "I don't hate the president either, and I don't trash the president. I trash the president's foreign policy."

O'Donnell: "But you called him the biggest terrorist in the world, so you are trashing the president."

Sheehan: "Well he says a terrorist is somebody that kills innocent men, women and children."

O'Donnell: "You have just begun a two-month hunger strike. Isn't this really just more of a publicity stunt?"

Norah later observed: "You claim not to be in the fringes, not to be an extremist." She then challenged Sheehan to name members of Congress who support her call for immediate withdrawal from Iraq.

Sheehan claimed bi-partisan support, citing Republican congressmen Ron Paul and Walter Jones, and on the Dem side Charley Rangel and John Conyers.

When Sheehan mentioned John Kerry as an example of senatorial support, O'Donnell shot back: "the bill Sen. Kerry has proposed went down in flames in the Senate."

Continued O'Donnell: "What you're calling for is in fact an extreme position. There are very few members of congress who support immediate withdrawal. You would, if you could, fly a bunch of planes over there, pick up all our troops, and take them home tomorrow."

Sheehan claimed there is an "Out of Iraq Caucus" in congress with 70 members calling for an immediate withdrawal.

In any case, an interesting exchange. Sudden surge of hawkishness from Norah, or perhaps a subliminal suggestion to Dems, as a matter of electoral strategy, not to associate themselves with Sheehan?


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cindysheehan; georgebush; hardball; hugochavez; hugoping; loonyleft; msnbc; norahodonnell; ronpaul
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1 posted on 07/05/2006 4:50:49 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Hardball/NewsBusters ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 07/05/2006 4:51:20 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Time to put up or shut up Cindy.


3 posted on 07/05/2006 4:51:30 PM PDT by cripplecreek (I'm trying to think but nothing happens)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

So what's stopping her? Just apply for citizenship in Venezuela. I'll pay for the stamp.


4 posted on 07/05/2006 4:52:30 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Now that Zarqawi is dead, who will the Democrats nominate in 2008?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I only want true happiness for Cindy. LOL


5 posted on 07/05/2006 4:52:36 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: cripplecreek

Revoke her citizenship and send her by DHL


6 posted on 07/05/2006 4:52:56 PM PDT by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
He's been democratically elected eight times.

Just like Saddam.

7 posted on 07/05/2006 4:52:57 PM PDT by Kenny Bunkport
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I bet she means literally living under Chavez...

Anyway, who's stopping you wretch?

8 posted on 07/05/2006 4:53:16 PM PDT by MikeA (Not voting in November because you're pouting is a vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I can only wish she's going on a real hunger strike, but I'm sure she's not being honest about that either.

She has to save her strength to play the Ditch Witch again this August.

9 posted on 07/05/2006 4:53:56 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: xcamel

The state department website has all the information she'll ever need to renounce her citizenship. They make it clear that it's a very serious matter.


10 posted on 07/05/2006 4:54:21 PM PDT by cripplecreek (I'm trying to think but nothing happens)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Sheehan: 'I'd Rather Live Under Chavez than Bush'

Yet, she still lives here, hasn't moved to Venezuela. Imagine that...
11 posted on 07/05/2006 4:54:58 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Freedom isn't free, but the men and women of the military will pay most of your share)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

She should be deported IMHO, and I mean this.


12 posted on 07/05/2006 4:55:10 PM PDT by ladyinred (The NYTimes, hang 'em high!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

If you hold a "hunger strike" under Chavez, it doesn't end at lunchtime.


13 posted on 07/05/2006 4:55:13 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Now that Zarqawi is dead, who will the Democrats nominate in 2008?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I understand that there is an old Jewish curse that goes, "May God grant you everything for which you wish."


14 posted on 07/05/2006 4:55:14 PM PDT by In veno, veritas
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Once Cindy went after Hillary, the MSM decided to kick her to the curb, just as we did long ago. Use them up and throw them out.....that's the Dem way.


15 posted on 07/05/2006 4:55:44 PM PDT by edpc (Violence is ALWAYS a solution. Maybe not the right one....but a solution nonetheless)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

O'Donnell asked: "Why go stand by side by Hugo Chavez in Venezuela? Why do that? Would you rather live under him than George Bush?

Sheehan: "Yes. Hugo Chavez is not a dictator like you introduced him. He's been democratically elected eight times. He is not anti-American, he has helped the poor people of America. He has sent aid to New Orleans, he has sold heating oil to disadvantaged people in America at low cost, and the people of his country love him."

OH PULL-EEEEEZE..He's been democratically elected eight times because the voters didn't want to suffer the consequences of NOT voting for him..

One last word for Cindy..why don't you freakin MOVE to Venezuela then..no one is stopping you..by the way, I live outside Atlanta..we have an airline..perhaps you've heard of it..it's called "Delta" and they're ready when you are..you damned traitor..


16 posted on 07/05/2006 4:56:12 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

It seems that Hugo's girlfriend is waiting for an invitation with a red rose. They take long walks through cocoa fields, read passages from the Communist Manifesto to one another, torture some peasants on moonlit nights...


17 posted on 07/05/2006 4:56:14 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I really would love if someone on FR got up a donation campaign among Freepers to buy Cindy a one way ticket to Venezuela and then to present it to her at her next public appearance. I'd do it but I fear I'd then have to be the one who'd have to approach the stomach churning wretch to present her with the plane ticket.


18 posted on 07/05/2006 4:56:59 PM PDT by MikeA (Not voting in November because you're pouting is a vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House)
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To: Question Liberal Authority
Just apply for citizenship in Venezuela. I'll pay for the stamp.

Hell, I'd pay for a one way ticket.

19 posted on 07/05/2006 4:57:31 PM PDT by tsmith130
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Well, Cindy, we agree. We'd rather you were living under Chavez, too. The thing is, once you crossed him or he got sick of your yammering, he'd eradicate you.


20 posted on 07/05/2006 4:57:43 PM PDT by Clara Lou (A conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality. --I. Kristol)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

No one is stopping you, Cindy.


21 posted on 07/05/2006 4:57:45 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Sudden surge of hawkishness from Norah, or perhaps a subliminal suggestion to Dems, as a matter of electoral strategy, not to associate themselves with Sheehan?

I think the latter for sure. The smarter Democrats know this cardboard victim's played out and nothing but a clown. They'll need fresh victims for '06 and surely for '08.

22 posted on 07/05/2006 4:57:55 PM PDT by rhombus
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Would it be cheaper to buy a one-way ticket or a round trip ticket and just not use the return leg?


23 posted on 07/05/2006 4:58:38 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: proud_yank; Victoria Delsoul

Hugo's Girlfriend ping


24 posted on 07/05/2006 4:58:59 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

What is up with Nora O'Donnell? She's Democrat through and through. Something's up if Nora's giving Cindy the business.


25 posted on 07/05/2006 4:59:16 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

They defend Saddam, Castro, Chavez and Mugabe.


26 posted on 07/05/2006 4:59:20 PM PDT by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans. We Vote.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Hey, Cindy, what about Pol Pot, Adolf Hitler, Joe Stalin, and Idi Amin???

(Remember all the Leftists who admire these "progressive" regimes?)

27 posted on 07/05/2006 4:59:35 PM PDT by Savage Beast (9/11 was never repeated--thanks to President George Bush and his supurb leadership.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The Ann Coulter Effect. Not even female Dino Media talkshow hosts are immune.


28 posted on 07/05/2006 4:59:39 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I am sure every Freeper would contribute for her ticket to Venezuela.


29 posted on 07/05/2006 4:59:40 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (Kobach: Amnesty is going from an illegal to a legal position, without imposing the original penalty.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

So buy a ticket Cindy, and you can shack up with Chavez every night.


30 posted on 07/05/2006 5:00:43 PM PDT by conservativecorner
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Don't let the door hit you in the rear, Cindy...


31 posted on 07/05/2006 5:00:52 PM PDT by RochesterFan
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Don't let the door hit you in your flabby ass, beyotch.


32 posted on 07/05/2006 5:01:10 PM PDT by EricT. (SpecOps needs to paint the NYT building with a targeting laser.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I just KNEW you would start a thread with Cindy's newest revelation...

WHOA..she didn't just say she would rather live under Hugo Chavez...she portrayed him as a benevolent leader that just lives to help people...especially Americans that have been so poorly oppressed by the terrorist George W. Bush!!!!

LOL


33 posted on 07/05/2006 5:01:47 PM PDT by Txsleuth (FREEPATHON TIME--HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Let's raise the plane fare after the Freepathon.


34 posted on 07/05/2006 5:02:04 PM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
She has my blessing if she would rather live under Hugo Chavez.

I will donate money towards a ONE WAY ticket.

35 posted on 07/05/2006 5:02:15 PM PDT by PISANO (We will not tire......We will not falter.......We will NOT FAIL!!! .........GW Bush [Oct 2001])
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To: Army Air Corps
It seems that Hugo's girlfriend is waiting for an invitation with a red rose. They take long walks through cocoa fields, read passages from the Communist Manifesto to one another, torture some peasants on moonlit nights.

Need someone to make one of the Fabio romance paperback book covers of that scenario starring Hugo and Cindy.

And I have to ask............if it's not too personal :o) but what is that tag line all about? "(Four fried chickens and a coke)"

36 posted on 07/05/2006 5:02:53 PM PDT by daybreakcoming (TOL)
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To: EricT.

Why her comments should come as a surprise is beyond me.

Apart from that though, why is this hag a guest on a network news show anyway? Who gives a rat's behind what she has to say. How may times has Norah O'Donnell interviewed the mother of a serviceman when she *supports* GWB??


37 posted on 07/05/2006 5:02:59 PM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I think Nora O'Donnell is auditioning for a show of her own. I think she's practicing her "I wanna be" Tim Russert/Chris Matthews interview skills. But believe me, Nora would never rough up one of the DC media elites.


38 posted on 07/05/2006 5:03:04 PM PDT by YaYa123
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To: Bahbah; Mo1; Peach; OldFriend; onyx; defconw; MNJohnnie

PING a LING!!!

LOL


39 posted on 07/05/2006 5:04:19 PM PDT by Txsleuth (FREEPATHON TIME--HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Thanks, there was another thread on this. Now I get the picture.


40 posted on 07/05/2006 5:04:22 PM PDT by AmericaUnite
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To: Paleo Conservative
Hell,
She's on a hunger strike anyway...
Just put her in a nice cardboard box full of comfy styrofoam nuggets and send her Fed Ex with a "ejected as is" warning:
But be sure you pay for a signed confirmation of receipt.
41 posted on 07/05/2006 5:06:46 PM PDT by norton
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To: daybreakcoming
"...but what is that tag line all about?"

It is a line from The Blues Brothers. When Jake and Elwood are in a restaurant, Jake orders "four fried chickens and a coke".
42 posted on 07/05/2006 5:07:14 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: MikeA

MikeA wrote:


> I really would love if someone on FR got up a donation campaign among Freepers to buy Cindy a one way ticket to Venezuela <

Hey, let's have a bake sale!

[Maybe Limbaugh would participate, as in Dan's Bake Sale!]


43 posted on 07/05/2006 5:07:14 PM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: Zuben Elgenubi
What is up with Nora O'Donnell? She's Democrat through and through. Something's up if Nora's giving Cindy the business.

Because Sheehan, with her insane rantings on cut-and-run and how Pres. Bush is a terrorist, is making the dem party look even loonier and more cowardly than ever, and Nora knows it. Let's not send Sheehan to Chavez; let's keep her right here, spewing her craziness on every single media outlet that'll have her, and keeping the leftist looney wing of the dem party right squarely in the public eye.

44 posted on 07/05/2006 5:07:17 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: daybreakcoming

I'll have two slices of toast, dry..


45 posted on 07/05/2006 5:08:14 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info)
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To: Txsleuth

I have some air miles I will donate. Bye-Bye, Bye-bye!


46 posted on 07/05/2006 5:08:17 PM PDT by defconw (Yes I am a Bushbot, so what of it?- Official Snowflake)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I've seen refrigerator bulbs brighter than Sheehan.


47 posted on 07/05/2006 5:08:17 PM PDT by martin_fierro (<-- Once shouted "Migra!" in a crowded taqueria)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
OH PULL-EEEEEZE..He's been democratically elected eight times because the voters didn't want to suffer the consequences of NOT voting for him..

In this case, since the majority of the country is poor and indigenous, Chavez probably is democratically elected. That's the downside of democracy: the majority gets what it wants. In this case, Chavez bamboozles them by the building of roads, schools, clinics, demanding more compensation to the country from oil companies, and land reform, etc. Unfortunately, the poor see some benefit for themselves in all this, and they continue to support this guy.

48 posted on 07/05/2006 5:08:25 PM PDT by detroitdarien
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
O'Donnell asked: "Why go stand by side by Hugo Chavez in Venezuela? Why do that? Would you rather live under him than George Bush?

Though I thought Odonnell did a reasonable job in questioning Sheehan, I alway felt she was trying to lead Sheehan to say, "Hey, Cindy, you are making us look bad, so why go stand with Chavez?"

49 posted on 07/05/2006 5:08:43 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: martin_fierro

"I've seen refrigerator bulbs brighter than Sheehan."

Even when the door is closed.


50 posted on 07/05/2006 5:09:27 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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