DATE: 8/25/2004 04:21:00 PM
Cleland's Nonsense - Senator John Kerry sent two Vietnam vets to Crawford Texas today to deliver a letter to the president, asking him to denounce the Swift Boat Vets for truth. Here's a quote from the Fox News story:
Cleland told reporters after visiting the president's ranch that the swift boat issue is causing veterans to relive Vietnam all over again.
"That is not what we ought to be doing in America. We can do better than that ... we can't let these attacks continue."I know it's not nice to speak ill of the disabled, but what a nutjob. It was Kerry that brought up Vietnam as a campaign issue, with his vainglorious and self-serving references to his service in the war, both on the campaign trail and at the Democratic Convention. The Kerry campaign logic seems to be that Vietnam can only be raised by them as a campaign issue, and only if the stories help Kerry. Any other use of Vietnam is an "attack on Kerry's patriotism."
Perhaps the Senator should have thought of that before making Vietnam the central focus of his presidential campaign. About the only thing Kerry has done right in his campaign strategy is count on the media to treat him with kid gloves. It's been two weeks since he has had a press availability. If Bush tried that, the press would hold a countdown and mention it in every story. So far, no such tactics with Kerry.
At this point, even the pretense of objectivity would be preferable to what's going on in the media.