Rich Galen

The mikes were open and their words had been recorded. Hillary, unguarded, is still Hillary: Demanding, self-centered, willing to throw anyone over the side to further her career. Edwards, as he has done throughout his public career, re-cast his position into something which had no bearing on what he had previously said.

Meanwhile out in San Francisco comes word that the woman most admired by the American Left for making George W. Bush feel uncomfortable has decided to switch targets.

Cindy Sheehan has announced that she is going to run against Nancy Pelosi in the Democratic primary for the 8th Congressional District in California if, according to Reuters, the California Democrat fails to endorse impeachment proceedings against Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney by July 23.

It happens that July 23 is the date of another demonstration scheduled for Your Nation's Capital. "If Nancy Pelosi doesn't support articles of impeachment ... by the time we get there, then I will announce my candidacy against her," the Washington Post reported.

Ok. Sheehan has as much chance of beating Pelosi in a primary in San Francisco as I do. But that's not the point. The point is, this may well turn into another of those "Be careful what you wish for; you might get it" deals.

The American Left has been working hard to begin a drumbeat for impeachment of Bush and/or Cheney. If and its brethren want to raise some serious money and generate some serious news, they should look for a Cindy Sheehan equivalent not just in Pelosi's district, but in every district of every senior and mid-level Democrat in the House.

Think about the scramble if MoveOn gets someone to run against everyone from Henry Waxman (CA-30) to Charlie Rangle (NY-15) to Barney Frank (MA-04) to John Conyers (MI-14).

The excitement which was generated among Washington elites over Sheehan's antics in Crawford will soon turn to very serious tsk-tsk-tsking if she becomes the poster child for challenges - no matter how under-funded - against America's best known Liberals.

And you wonder why I love politics.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at