Matt Stinson touches on something that has developed over the past few days regarding Cindy Sheehan- namely, that even questioning her statements is part of a smear.
This is, nothing new, of course, and something that Jeff Goldstein has talked about at length. For more evidence, look at the comments of this Sebastian Holsclaw post, and the comments to this post. Simply quoting Cindy Sheehan amounts to a smear, it seems.
None of this mitigates the blunder by the WH by not just simply meeting with her immediately and being done with the whole ordeal, but it is interesting that in certain quarters it is now deemed impermissible, even ‘mean,’ to examine the comments of Cindy Sheehan.