AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 9/13/2004 09:00:00 AM ----- BODY: Still Believe the Memos Are Real? - This might help convince you otherwise. An impressive takedown of CBS. Drudge is reporting that despite the discrediting of the memos, Democrats are still planning to focus on Bush's National Guard service and the "lies" he told about it. Good luck, guys. If this is what Kerry is depending on to bring Bush's poll numbers down, then he's truly become desperate. Bush can now run yet another 'flip-flop' ad. This could quote Kerry saying:
The race for the White House should be about leadership, and leadership requires that one help heal the wounds of Vietnam, not reopen them; that one help identify the positive things that we learned about ourselves and about our Nation, not play to the divisions and differences of that crucible of our generation. We do not need to divide America over who served and how.
Of course, he said this in 1992, when Republicans were questioning what Bill Clinton did during Vietnam. I guess dividing America is okay now:
If George Bush wants to ask me questions about that through his surrogates, he owes America an explanation about whether or not he showed up for duty in the National Guard. Prove it. That's what we ought to have. I'm not going to stand around and let them play games.
Again, that was Senator Kerry. In fact, he's so proud of that quote that I found it on his website. The move by the Kerry campaign and the DNC to make Bush's service an issue lead me to believe that these documents may have been forged by someone affiliated with the Democrats. Perhaps the CBS story was supposed to be the opening salvo of this attack. After all, the timing of the new "Fortunate Son" criticism of the president's record seems suspiciously close to the "60 Minutes" piece. I'm sure it's just coincidental, though. The same type of coincidence, perhaps, that allows a document created in 1973 to have the same font, semi-kerning and leading of an MS Word document created in 2004. Now that the memos have been discredited, CBS should come clean and admit where they got them. Someone tried to influence a national election using fake documents smearing the military service of a sitting president. America deserves to know who attempted it. --------