Saturday, August 21, 2004

Swift boat smear: Bush heaves another lacky over the side 

Yep, another low level operative gets sacrificed. Kinda like Abu Ghraib, eh? Bush never takes blame or responsibility for anything. Here's a little, late night AP story on this:

A former POW resigned as a volunteer to President Bush's re-election campaign Saturday after it was learned that he appeared in an anti-John Kerry ad sponsored by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

There goes the low level operative! And to think I believed the Republicans (not!) when they said there was no connection between their campaign and their anti-Kerry smear....

The Bush campaign has claimed no connection with the group which has led an attack on Kerry, the Democratic presidential candidate, questioning his war record in Vietnam and criticizing his testimony at a congressional hearing in 1971 in which Kerry alleged U.S. troops committed atrocities.

"Col. Cordier did not inform the campaign of his involvement in the advertisement," the Bush campaign said in a statement. "Because of his involvement (with the group) Col. Cordier will no longer participate as a volunteer for Bush-Cheney '04."

Sure, he resigns. After the ad is made and on the airwaves.And as if the famously detail-oriented and paranoid Hughes and Rove wouldn't check. Puh-leeze.

The White House and the Bush campaign have denied any direct connection with Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which is funded in part by a top GOP donor in Texas.

"The president [sic] has made it repeatedly clear that he wants to see an end to all" advertising from outside groups, said Brian Jones, a Bush campaign spokesman.

Gee, I'm confused. First, Bush says he has nothing to do with the smears. Now, he's saying he'll stop the smears, if Kerry stops the 527s. Huh?

[Kerry] called on Bush to "stand up and stop" what he called personal attacks on him over his combat record in Vietnam by the Swift Boat group.

"The president needs to stand up and stop that. The president needs to have the courage to talk about it,"
said Kerry.
(via AP)

Nice to see Kerry calling Bush to account on this.

Say, why can't "President" Bush play tennis?

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