Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Bad News For John Kerry

The Wall Street Journal has finally weighed in on the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth Controversy, and it is not good news for John Kerry. It begins:

The issue here, as I have heard it raised, is was he present and active on duty in Alabama at the times he was supposed to be. . . . Just because you get an honorable discharge does not in fact answer that question.

--John Kerry, questioning President Bush's
military-service record, February 8, 2004.

A good rule in politics is that anyone who picks a fight ought to be prepared to finish it. But having first questioned Mr. Bush's war service, and then made Vietnam the core of his own campaign for President, Mr. Kerry now cries No mas! because other Vietnam vets are assailing his behavior before and after that war. And, by the way, Mr. Bush is supposedly honor bound to repudiate them.

We've tried to avoid the medals-and-ribbons fight ourselves, except to warn Mr. Kerry that he was courting precisely such scrutiny ("Kerry's Medals Strategy," February 9). But now that the Senator is demanding that the Federal Election Commission stifle his opponents' free speech, this one is too rich to ignore

Ouch. Read the whole thing.

Also this morning, Joshua Muravchik writes in the Washington Post on Kerry's Cambodia lie. It ends with this paragraph:

But Kerry has repeated his Cambodia tale throughout his adult life. He has claimed that the epiphany he had that Christmas of 1968 was about truthfulness. "One of the things that most struck me about Vietnam was how people were lied to," he explained in a subsequent interview. If -- as seems almost surely the case -- Kerry himself has lied about what he did in Vietnam, and has done so not merely to spice his biography but to influence national policy, then he is surely not the kind of man we want as our president.

John O'Sullivan of the Chicago Sun Times also joins in the fray with an article about the Cambodia fabrication.

This is bad news for John Kerry. The main stream media is just now getting to the Cambodia story and already the Vets have taken a toll on the Kerry Campaign in the polls. The new Swift Vets ad leaves the medals and Cambodia controversy and begins using John Kerry's own words against him. At the rate that the media has covered this story, the new ad won't have it impact for at least a week maybe more. It will hit just as the RNC begins. It could be a bad few weeks for Kerry.