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Friday, August 06, 2004
Because everyone has to have a Swift Boat Vets post: Today's big news was the unveiling of a one-minute ad that's being run in a very small number of broadcast markets.

I've got issues with John Kerry's positions on an entire slew of issues. My first instinct when it comes to Kerry's service in Vietnam is that it is largely irrelevant to the 2004 election, except for how it may have influenced his underlying beliefs on the use of American military might. (I think a valid and pertinent question to put to Kerry in the upcoming debates would be on that very point -- does his Vietnam experience make him too reticent to use military power when it is called for? Would he set the standard for "wars of necessity" so high as to require an attack on the American homeland before he would authorize military force?)

The subject of Vietnam isn't a winner for President Bush. Bush served honorably in the National Guard (no matter what the Michael Moores' of the world claim), but serving stateside isn't the same as serving in Vietnam.

The White House and the Republican National Committee are rightfully running away from this. They're wisely staying on the sidelines.

But as far as the substance of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth's claims, it is something that should definitely be investigated -- and I'm not talking about where their money is coming from. The media need to get their best investigative reporters on this and determine what is the truth. The same level of coverage and scrutiny given to President Bush's National Guard records need to be applied to Sen. Kerry's records. To just give the American people a "he said, she said" account isn't enough. And these stories in The New York Times certainly aren't sufficient.

What's really troubling is the Kerry campaign and the Democrat National Committee's response to these ads. It's expected and acceptable to denounce them -- it's something all together different to sic your lawyers on them.

The New York Times report today characterizes the threat letter thusly:

At the same time the Democratic Party said three television stations had agreed to its request to cease showing the advertisement. [emphasis added]

Request? Does this sound like a request to you?

Because your station has this freedom, and because it is not a "use" of your facilities by a clearly identified candidate, your station is responsible for the false and libelous charges made by this sponsor.
[emphasis added]

There are other problems with the threat letter, it states that the men in the ad claimed to have served on Kerry's Swift Boat -- none of them did, they simply said they served "with Kerry." It's like saying that they didn't serve in Kerry's platoon, but these guys all served in other platoons in the same company. They're close enough to have first-hand knowledge of Kerry's conduct in Vietnam.

Based on my old college Media Law class, I'd say that Sen. Kerry would have a snowball's chance in hell of winning any case brought against these guys.

It should also be noted, that this isn't the first threat letter that's been sent out, the Club for Growth got a similar one.

There are more important things than a 30-year-old war that need to be debated. Kerry's sole qualification for the presidency seems to be Vietnam -- it was the beginning, middle, and end of his convention acceptance speech. Every time this comes up, Republicans need to dismiss it and focus on Kerry's votes in the Senate. That's where he's vulnerable.

On a related note: I would like to point out, that despite the claims made at the Democrat convention, Kerry didn't intend to volunteer for front-line combat. Again, not a winner for Bush, but a truth check for those debates with your liberal relatives.

2:09 AM

The text in that document makes it blindingly clear that the Democrats are desperate to silence the people that John Kerry served with. Why would that be, do you suppose? After all, Kerry has changed his middle name to "Served in Vietnam', and centered his entire campaign on that one phrase. It was Kerry has made his service in Vietnam the linchpin of his credentials to be President. (Which by the way, makes one kinda wonder a bit about Hillary's qualifications when she runs in four years... will her non-military history disqualify her in the eyes of those supporting John Kerry today?)

That he cannot stand up to having that central point questioned in open discussion is to say the least, damning. Kerry knows this, and so do the other Democrats. Their reaction here reminds me of nothing so much as a rabid raccoon that's been cornered.

Like that rabid racoon, John Kerry's been cornered by the facts. He's asked us to judge him by his record, but has fought all efforts to examine that record honestly and openly. His foaming at the mouth response to the facts coming out is the image the American people should carry with them to the voting booth. He knows he's going to lose when his record is judged as he asked us to do.

Look, I don't know and I don't care about backlash of this issue against the Republicans. First, I make no pretentions about how this is going to hurt Kerry among his base... Kerry's rabidly leftist base disagreed with his even being in the service in any event. His base isn't moving even should be sudddenly be revealed as an axe murderer. What motivates Kerry's base isn't getting Kerry Elected, nearly as much as it is a hatred for George W. Bush and getting him unelected. As such, I expect the net effect to Kerry's base however this falls out will be zero, and in any case, that simply doesn't concern me.

What does concern me is getting the truth to the undecideds, and those Democrats with some thread of integrity left... who, as Zel Miller will tell you are getting harder to find.

What concerns me most though, is truth. I'm sure that the truth is paramount.. and when the truth is exposed, it works to the president's favor. Given the reaction of the Democrats, they're convinced of it, too.

There are those who will suggest that the vets in question are a little off the bubble, to put it mildly. Their ad campaign is decidedly partisan, it is said. There are those who question the timing of this ad.

But no. what is partisan, what is off the bubble, is the fact that the press ignored their story for so very long. These vets have been trying to get their story out for 6 months, now, and the press who has been trying to get Kerry elected, has been ignoring them. So, the vets put their money up, and started running an ad to get their message out. The timing issue is there because the leftist press has been ignoring the vets for so long... to Kerry's temporary advantage.

Kerry and his people are screaming now, because that advantage is now all but gone... and legal threats are now the only tool the Democrats have to keep the story from coming out.

Consider, now, those legal threats, in light of the lies of one Rotundo Moore, who has been proven a liar and a slanderer a dozen times over. It seems that the Republicans lack of legal action against Moore was in restrospect, the best thing to do, since it provides a rather stark contrast between the two ways of doing business; Moore's lies were easily exposed as such, and therefore legal action was not needed. The message of the Swift Vets rings all too true, and legal threats got resorted to as a result of their imability to deal with the message.

I'll be watching to see this play out, but frankly, I can't see how the Democrats are going to be able to get anything at all that's positive out of this.

Meanwhile, make no mistake; I stand firmly behind the vets, here. I do not bend to the will of thugs, which is what, with the fax in the link above, the Democrats have exposed themselves as, to the world.

The Republicans... all of them... should be standing behind these vets, and heeding their message.
"The text in that document makes it blindingly clear that the Democrats are desperate to silence the people that John Kerry served with."

Except, of course, the people whose lives he actually helped save - you know, the ones who spoke at the convention? Right, Faux News didn't cover that part of it, they were too busy with their talking heads to bother to show what was happening in the real world.

Facts and logic never seem to enter into conservative "thought," do they?
Platoon? It's more like they weren't in his squad. Each boat crew is significantly smaller than a platoon.
Except those people he saved...Yeah, well, about that.
At least oneof those incidents was mentioned by the oether swiftees who were there... and guess what?
No gunfire involved.
Pretty soon Bithead and is ilk will be saying that Kerry wasn't even in Vietnam. Maybe he was in Alabama working on some political campaign.
Anonymous-1, lets make sure we change the subject from Kerry lies to Republicans stating he didn't serve. We wouldn't want to investigate those who served with him, now would we?
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