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Kerry Stirs Swift Boat Controversy

I can't help but think this is a tactical error. Kerry has made a commercial (tacitly) attacking Bush for running the Swift boat ads. The ad is simply video of John McCain saying in 2000:

"Let me tell you what really went over the line. Governor Bush had an event, and he paid for it, and standing, and stood next to the spokesman for a fringe veterans group.†That fringe veteran said that John McCain had abandoned the veterans.†Now I donít know how if you can understand this George, but that really hurts."

That really hurts. And so five United State senators, Vietnam veterans, heroes. Some of them really incredible heroes, wrote George a letter and said ďapologize.Ē You should, you should be ashamed.

The point being that Bush is doing this again in 2004. This is a mistake on a number of levels.

1 People can figure out Bush is not running the Swift Boat ads mostly because the ads don't say "I'm George Bush and I approve this message."

2 It keeps the Swift Boat controversy alive.

3 It keeps Kerry on defense and you can't win from there.

4 The centerpiece of Kerry's campaign is that we know he can be tough on National Defense because he went to Vietnam. This ad steps on that message by making Kerry look like a whiner and not a fighter.

5 In a fit of political blindness, they use McCain in an attack commercial. The biggest whiny baby, "Teacher, he said something not nice" Senator of them all is sure to RUN to a video camera and whine about the ad, making Kerry look bad.

6 People will not vote for or against George Bush because he refused to condemn an ad or even how he runs his campaign. People will vote or not vote for Bush on how he runs the country. Kerry is wasting time and money knocking Bush things where even if he is right, people won't change a vote over. He may as well attack Bush's fashion sense. It may be red meat for the Bush haters but do they need to be fed any more?

Maybe one of you lefties can make the case how this helps the campaign. Maybe I'm missing the genius.

Hopeful they'll be poll numbers on this ad. I'd be interested, because right now I think it is a colossal waste of campaign resources. But maybe they have a focus group that says otherwise.

BTW- Read this press release, Kerry is sooo on defense right now.

Comments (5)

I agree with what you write... (Below threshold)

I agree with what you write here.

The Kerry "ad" and that Press Release (your link) really do read as appeasements only, as Kerry nearly (?) apologizing to Demos.

He's certainly on the defensive, appears to be trying to put out the fires among the Demos, more than anything. They (the Demos, Kerry campaign) truly have little as to meaningful criticism here -- instead, they continue to rely on "Republicans did this, Bush and Republicans did that, it's a Republican conspiracy..."

You forgot one:The r... (Below threshold)

You forgot one:
The reason whoever the hell said Senator McCain "abandoned" the veterans was because he, and Kerry, did a complete whitewash of POW/MIAs in Vietnam, allowing the Washington money to flow to that communist government's coffers.
Story here.

I think this is a potential... (Below threshold)

I think this is a potentially sticky/explosive tack to take.
This is now the second ad in one week where the Kerry camp is using McCain's words against Bush, even though McCain is clearly supporting Bush.
I'm not sure how this is going to pan out, but I think it has big potential to blow up.

Anything to distract from a... (Below threshold)
Great Hunter:

Anything to distract from a booring 20 year record or public service is what the left wants.

This is the lesser of two bad records, so why not go with one that you can say is just bad politics.

If John Kary's real public service record ever comes out, no one will ever vote for him.

you've got a really good po... (Below threshold)

you've got a really good point there... i'm not bald, i shave my head, ok?

i don't eat meat.

seven mushroom stamps.






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