Thus far, the protests against the Iraq War have simply not grabbed American society in the same way that the Vietnam protests did a generation ago. But Cindy Sheehan is doing her best to take us back to the days when peace was a party.
Sheehan scored a ticket to the President's State of the Union address last week and took advantage of the opportunity by - what else? - getting arrested.
Her crime? Wearing a T-shirt with an anti-war slogan. Capitol police felt that exposing President Bush to dissenting opinions could cause his head to explode on live TV.
While Sheehan's garment-based protest did not quite reach the classic level of, say, the Black Panthers marching onto the floor of the California legislature with loaded weapons in 1967 to protest a gun control bill, her act was bold enough to pass for radical these days.
The media have clearly tired of portraying Sheehan as a grassroots activist and have moved on to portraying her as a tool of left-wing interests, but she continues to soldier on (no pun intended). It almost seems as if she's more concerned about spreading her anti-war message than about managing her profile in the media. Strange.
Whatever one's opinions on the war, the country could use some more exciting protesting techniques for the sake of drama, if nothing else. Get arrested in Congress! Put acid in the White House water supply! If Sheehan can make the left do more than sing Kumbaya, she's performing a public service.