The drumroll, please...
This week's title goes to Cindy Sheehan. I know, it's too easy, but she still deserves the title.
Cindy Sheehan, grieving mom of Casey Sheehan, Iraqi war veteran/hero, has made a cottage industry out of the loss of her son. Initially, Cindy had the support of the majority of the American public as far as voicing her grief publicly went. Who could fault a mother grieving the loss of her son? However due to a shortage of fresh news over the summer vacation and a bored national press, Cindy vaulted to national celebrity status at "Camp Casey" in Crawford, Tx just down the road from the President's ranch. Claiming she just wanted a meeting with the President to voice her opinions of the war in Iraq, even though she had already met with the President several months before, every warmed over hippie baby boomer anti war activist flocked to her side. Photo ops were in abundance, media interviews were arranged by professional handlers and her pearls of wisdom could not be reported fast enough.
As a nouveau celeb, she signed on with a public relations firm to get her on the speaking circuit for a nifty fee. Her family begged her to just come home. Her husband filed for divorce. Nothing was going to stop Cindy's 15 minutes of fame.
Now that summer is long over and she is has to resort to being arrested at protests in front of the White House for publicity, she has taken her show to the international level. She was in Caracus, Venezuela with 10,000 other anti-globalization activists praising Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez.
"I admire him for his resolve against my government and its meddling, " said Sheehan. She said she hoped to meet President Chavez while there. Of course the irony here is that if she were one of her new best friend's, Chavez, citizens, she would be jailed for speaking out about his government. She would never be allowed to treat him as she has treated her own President with the personal insults and stunts she has pulled for the cameras.
Casey's memory is not honored by his mother's public meltdown.
"We have faced and we are facing today enemies who hate us, who hate our country, who hate the liberties for which we stand. They dwell in the shadows, wear no uniform, have no regard for the laws of warfare, and feel unconstrained by any standard of morality. We've never had a fight like this. And those of us in positions of responsibility have a duty to wage a broad-scale effort for the sake of this nation's safety and security". - Vice President Dick Cheney speaking at the Manhattan Institute, January 19, 2006