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"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."-Winston S. Churchill

"The wandering scholars were bound by no lasting loyalties, were attached by no sentiment of patriotism to the states they served and were not restricted by any feeling of ancient chivalry. They proposed and carried out schemes of the blackest treachery."-C.P. Fitzgerald.

Friday, August 06, 2004

The Swift Vets dustup 


The Kerry Campaign has made the Senator's service in Vietnam the distinguishing characteristic of the Senator's career. This should surprise noone, as the Senator's legislative career reminds one of what Mr. Churchill said of Clement Atlee:

"He is a modest man, who has much to be modest about."


When this ad, sponsored by Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth, came out, the alarm bells must have gone off in the Kerry camp. They responded swiftly, as it were, accusing the Swift Vets of ginning up a lie for the Bush campaign. For its part, the Bush people distanced themselves from the ad without denouncing it, insisting that the ads from all 527 groups should be banned.

All of this is somewhat delicious to me. Earlier this year, John Kerry, his campaign, the Democratic Party, and their outriders in the Mainstream Media, spent enormous amounts of bandwidth and felled untold numbers of trees in an attempt to smear the President's service record. They came up with a big, fat nothing of course, but they despised George Bush so much that they had to give it the old college try. Later, they spent upwards of 62 million dollars in advertising in an attempt to attack the President, his reputation, his family, and his stewardship of the nation in time of war.

I have no sympathy for Kerry at this point. His pleas fall on deaf ears; what goes around comes around, as it were. Kerry had plenty of time during the winter and spring to insist that his partisans should not stoop to the level of vitriol that has been characteristic of the likes of Michael Moore, MoveOn.org, and George Soros' political plaything, AmericaComingTogether. John Kerry chose not to denounce the haters, because the Senator guessed that he needed to keep his partisans ginned up through the fall.

I suspect that this was a bad guess. And it coincides with that other major miscalculation of Kerry's campaign: it's obsession with Vietnam. If all Kerry has to offer is his biography and that biography is open to question, then the entire raison d'etre of Kerry's campaign comes tumbling down. This is Kerry's own fault, of course. His "band of brothers" campaign, his use of Max Cleland as a prop, and his attempt to smear the President's own service record were bound to come back and haunt him. And so they have.


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