Tuesday, August 24, 2004

From Smear To Eternity

And yet he keeps trying, because he knows not what else to do:

They have obviously decided that some people will believe anything, no matter how fictional or how far-fetched, if they just repeat it often enough. That's how they have run their administration, that's how they're running their campaign, and that's how they will run their convention... You can't cover up reality with a few empty slogans.
Sounds like Kerry’s entire political career to me.

Kerry spokesman Chad Clanton: (Yes, the Dem nominee really has a staffer named “Chad”…)

Yesterday, the moment of truth came and went for President Bush, and he still could not bring himself to do the right thing and denounce the Republican-backed smear campaign against John Kerry.
No explanation of why it’s George Bush’s responsibility to shield his opponent from scrutiny his opponent specifically invited, or acknowledgement of Dubya’s condemnation of all 527 activity.

The longer he waits, the clearer it is what is going on - the Bush campaign is using the closely tied ‘Swift Boat Veterans for Bush’ to promote lies about America's veterans.
What a curious causality. If this were actually true, why would Bush be “waiting”? Is this another variation on “Bush is moron”? And while he’s at it, perhaps “Chad” can provide some hard evidence of these supposed “close ties.” Was he not paying attention when John O’Neill said yesterday, after the President’s disavowal of all independent political expenditures, including the Swifties, “We intend to go forth with our ads to the last drop of money and effort that we have”? And when did the Swiftboat Vets ever “promote lies about all veterans”? Isn’t that precisely what Senator Kerry did thirty-three years ago?

Here’s a comprehensive laundry list of Kerry’s numerous 527 shenanigans that “Chad” might want to take a look at…

Despite Bush's failure to condemn the smear campaign, across the country the American public sees this for what it is: an attempt to smear a combat veteran and distract from the real issues facing the nation.

But, Chad, isn’t it Senator Kerry who has spent the campaign ducking from “the real issues facing the nation” behind his cosmetically-enhanced Vietnam “war hero” persona? And isn’t it your campaign that is smearing and trying to silence them, precisely because your candidate fears the truth getting out? And isn’t that a product of your fear that the American public is, indeed, “seeing this for what it is”?

Veterans across the country are coming out of the woodwork to fight back against the attempted smear of one of their own.

Looks to me like veterans across the country are coming out of the woodwork to finally administer some payback to the pompous ass that stabbed them in the collective back. Or at least that’s the impression I get from polling showing Kerry’s share of the veteran vote collapsing.

Editorial boards across the country have written calling for Bush to put an end to these Republican smears on John Kerry's service and attacks that challenge the service of every American service-member.

In case you were keeping track, that’s five uses of the word “smear” in a five-sentence statement. Which is remarkable only in that the Kerryites are becoming as promiscuous in the use of “smear” as they have been with the word “Vietnam.”

At any rate, it takes a lot of chutzpah for somebody like John Kerry to piss in the faces of over two million veterans for three decades and then purport to represent them, both when expedient for his own political ambitions.

Forget about the Swiftboat Vets being in this to the finish – it’s Kerry who can’t, and won’t, let this go, even if he has to blow the election in the process.

And he’ll never know it.