Saturday, August 21, 2004

Blog Rolling - Hullabaloo Again

Every time that I read Hullabaloo, I wonder why I the hell I bother blogging - because Digby does it so very, very well.

Over the past couple of days, he's returned once again to the topic of the Not-So-Swift Boat Liars. There's a story to tell about every single one of the principals associated with this band of moneyed shriekers. The good news is, their unholy enterprise is quickly unraveling. The bad news is, the unraveling is largely taking place in Left Blogistan, rather than the mainstream media. Gee, I wonder why?

Anyway, back to Digby. Direct ties to the Bush campaign, in violation of 527 laws? How about this? Christ on a crutch, the Bush campaign is now trying to track back and erase all evidence of involvement - but they missed the Google cache. As Digby notes:

I wonder if its appropriate for Ken Cordier, a member of the Veterans For Bush-Cheney '04 steering committee to appear in the new "unaffiliated" "independent" 527 Swift Boat Liars For Bush ad?
(Update, 10:45PM: Ok, looks like the google cache on Cordier has been flushed. I'm sure someone out in Left Blogistan grabbed a screen capture (damn, why didn't I think of that...), and will post a link when I find one.)

(Updated update, 11:30PM: I knew someone had to snag a screen capture. Plus, Keith Olberman had it on MSNBC's "Countdown" tonight.)

Ok. We already know that this whole swiftboat vet thing is a big smokescreen to which the Bush campaign has hitched it's wagon. Well, if the lapdog media could ever get off its back and close it's collective legs to the Rovians for a few moments, they might actually discover stories like this classic "find" from Digby:

A Clackamas County prosecutor and decorated Vietnam veteran who appears in an ad attacking Democratic presidential contender John F. Kerry's war record said he did not witness the events in question and is relying on the accounts of his friends who served with the senator.

The 60-second ad, which aired for seven days this month in Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin, features 13 Vietnam veterans, including Alfred French, 58, a senior deputy district attorney in Clackamas County.

[Yet] In the ad, French says: "I served with John Kerry. . . . He is lying about his record."...[emphasis mine]
It all comes down to George Bush not having a record on which to run. I'm not so much concerned about the Vietnam-era soldiering baggage that either Bush or Kerry may or may not be carrying around with them in their personal portfolios. The Bush record I'm talking about is over the past four years - by all possible parameters of judging a presidential term, a miserable failure.

Update, 2PM: Ok, can we finally put this thing to rest? The only other swiftboat commander on the river finally speaks up.