Jodie Evans is the face of the Democrats' future.
Evans rose to prominence via her role in Code Pink for Peace as
a radical activist and Democratic fund-raiser. Evans
vigorously endorses the Democrat's most important issue, hating President
Bush. Right after hating President Bush, Evans hates the War
in Iraq. Right after that it's hating her ex-husband,
Evans sits on the board of directors of the Rain Forest Action
Network (RAN), a coalition of anti-capitalist, anti-corporate
environmentalist groups. RANís co-founder Michael Roselle
also founded the Earth Liberation Front, which the FBI ranks
alongside the Animal Liberation Front as the foremost domestic
terrorism threats in the United States. According to the
FBI, during the past seven years those two groups have been
responsible for more than 600 criminal acts and $43 million in
In early 2003, Jodie Evans led a delegation of fifteen Code Pink
women to Baghdad, where they met with Iraqi women for the
purpose of "creating the understanding that the people of Iraq
are no different than you and me."
"We understand," said Evans, "the love of a mother in Iraq for
her children, and the driving desire of that child for life . .
. We who cherish children will not consent to their murder. Nor
do we consent to the murder of their mothers, grandmothers,
fathers, grandfathers, or to the deaths of our own sons and
daughters in a war for oil."
Evans neglected to mention the fathers, grandfathers, mothers
and children murdered, tortured or raped by Saddam Husseinís
regime, nor its 12-year refusal to abide by the terms of the
UNís many resolutions.
While in Baghdad, Evans and her companions repeatedly and
publicly painted America as an unprovoked aggressor and Iraqis
as noble defenders of their invaded homeland. "Children continue
to die of hunger," they reported, "and electricity is
unreliable. However, Iraqis continue to resist the occupation in
their own way."
In addition to her Code Pink duties, Jodie Evans also sits on
the advisory board of the International Occupation Watch (IOW)
center in Iraq, which Code Pink helped establish. The
organizers of Occupation Watch -- Medea Benjamin and Leslie Cagan -- explicitly declared their purpose in setting up
headquarters in Baghdad was to thin U.S. forces by getting
soldiers to declare themselves conscientious objectors.
As a far leftist, Evans has found a comfortable political home
in the Democratic Party. Indeed, she was a key fundraiser for her
longtime friend and political ally, former California governor
Gray Davis. Evansí ex-husband, Westside financier Max Palevsky,
actually appointed Davis to his first political job as the
fundraiser for Tom Bradleyís 1973 Los Angeles mayoral campaign.
Shortly thereafter, Evans and Davis worked closely together
during the latterís stint as chief of staff to then-governor
In the weeks preceding the recent California governorís recall
election, Evans was instrumental in convincing several women to
come forward and tell the L.A. Times their allegations of sexual
the candidate, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Moreover, she helped organize
picketing sessions in front of Schwarzeneggerís campaign
headquarters. Yet her purported concern for the protection
of women is wholly subordinate to her partisan political
affiliations. For instance, she had nothing to say about
Gray Davisí well-documented episodes of violent and obscene
behavior toward female staffers. Nor, for that matter, did
Evans impugn the ill-advised remarks of her friend Bob Mulholland, the California Democratic Party spokesman, who told
ABC News that "Schwarzenegger is going to find out, that unlike
a Hollywood movie set, the bullets coming at him in this
campaign are going to be real bullets and he is going to have to
respond to them."
In short, Evansí posturing as a champion of human decency is
nothing more than a political battering ram selectively aimed
only at those with whom she disagrees. Similarly, her
posturing as a woman deeply devoted to peace is but a mask for
her real agenda: the blanket condemnation not only of our
nationís foreign policy but its very way of life.