Monday, August 30, 2004

Nip It In The Bud!

The sad thing about the Swifties impact on the Kerry campaign is the fact that it could have easily been turned to his advantage. But his ham-fisted performance has made that impossible. The Swift Vet problem has been brewing since early in the primaries and the Kerry campaign refused to de-fuse the inevitable bombshell. A Clinton-esque press conference in May/June, surrounded by his shipmates and other vets, would have painted his Vietnam service and even his Winter Soldier testimony in a much more favorable light. Confess to being overly ambitious and gung-ho. Show regret that your Purple Hearts, while dutifully earned, paled in comparison to those earned by those who lost life and limb in service to their country. Show humility by minimizing whatever actual heroism you demonstrated and highlighting the heroism of those with which you served. Ask forgiveness of those you erringly slandered during your Senate testimony in 1971. Say you felt it was important to do whatever necessary to end the war and rushed to believe the worst without reminding people of the best. Kerry should have told of the mistakes he made and the lessons he learned from them. Everybody loves a little humility. The Swift Vets, while not completely disarmed, certainly would have lost some wind from their sails. But that opportunity is now lost. He has repeated and compounded his error by once again slandering his fellow veterans. He has stated that his documented record in Vietnam is the "Gods honest truth" when it most certainly is not. Regardless of the merit of his medals, he most certainly was never in Cambodia, let alone having the experience "seared" in his memory. There is no going back for Kerry. He must continue to carry on with his condemnation of the SwiftVets and blame-shifting towards the Bush campaign when in reality he only has himself to blame.

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