SW Anderson is an astute observer and has the most insightful words I have heard on Cindy Sheehan's decision to retire from the field of battle.
There is an important role for the maverick in American politics. But we also need statesmen/women who can govern reasonably in the real world of multiple factions and multitudinous factors. Long range success in politics often requires shortterm half-measures and disappointments.
Those of us who want to see the errors of the Bush years put behind us should be careful not to form a circular firing squad.
In 1980 it was disunity among Democrats that assured the election of Ronald Reagan.
In 1994 it was disunity among Democrats that allowed Newt his "revolution".