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October 13, 2004

How to Bury Kerry

How many times have I written in these pages 'Swift Boat Veterans for Truth'? None. I've paid little attention. But I am paying attention to this interview over at Dean's World.

Sure I've known that Kerry has made some considerably dodgy left turns in contradistinction to his service in Vietnam, but I've also been very hesitant to judge homey for what happened 30 plus years ago. I'm tired of the Vietnam war in particular standing in as litmus for the suitability for holding down the Oval Office. But when the man's CO says he's unsuitable, I've got to take that seriously. And it's true that good Senators (if he's that) don't necessarily make good presidents.

This is not the final nail in Kerry's coffin for me. This is six feet of dirt and a concrete slab on top.

I think George Elliott makes a good point about the mainstream media. They've really injured themselves in all this. It seems like every journalist wants to write a book and report on the 'trial of the century' or some such - and all that happens in the world isn't like that. Sooner or later folks are going to realize that it's not a good idea to be Sean Hannity (to name one particularly egregious and unlettered celebrity newsie). We're going to turn to peer networks on the ground and disembowel the entire process unless news organizations do a better job in several dimensions.

Posted by mbowen at October 13, 2004 09:19 AM

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I was reluctant to judge Kerry about what happened 30 years ago too, except that he never shut up about it until the Swift Boaters came out with their story. (One thing about them, they made Kerry's campaign join the rest of us in the 21st century.) That's why I think it's OK to delve into Kerry's actions in those years more than into Bush's - Bush never ran his campaign on his National Guard record.

Posted by: Laura at October 13, 2004 10:21 AM