Skip to comments.Kerry, His 2008 Democratic Opponent, And the Persistent "Swift Boat" Issue
Posted on 11/24/2007 12:05:33 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Senator John F. Kerry already has a Democratic opponent for his U.S. Senate seat. He is not from the party's right since there is barely anyone sitting in those seats in blue Massachusetts. Kerry's antagonist is Ed O'Reilly, a Gloucester lawyer who, according to the Wednesday Boston Globe, is targeting Kerry from the anti-Iraq war left. And, lo and behold, he wants to know the truth about Kerry's military record and has questions himself about the Swift Boat record and the Swift Boat ads. Besides, like a lot of the senator's tormentors, he is suspicious about whether Kerry is really against the war. Which is nuts. But, since Kerry at one pointed wanted to have it both ways, it is still a question among true believers. Like with Hillary.
Kerry in the meantime has gone apoplectic. Or is it that he has been apoplectic ever since he lost Ohio? Actually, Kerry can't let go of his Swift Boat comrades who haven't toed his line and, for whatever reasons, have a different tale to tell. They have been encouraged by T. Boone Pickens, an old Texas oil billionaire and C.E.O. of Mesa Petroleum, who himself comes back to the Vietnam-Cambodia questions raised by Kerry's Navy underlings. A few weeks ago, Pickens (whom I'd known a long time ago and came to lunch once with New Republic editors) offered a million bucks to anyone who could prove the ads were false. Kerry hasn't mustered any additional evidence proving his side of the case -- I myself am agnostic on the matter, and it's too late to care much, anyhow -- but has gone bonkers about Pickens welching on his promise.
The fact is that, aside from Pickens and Kerry, almost nobody ponders the matter these days. Maybe Teresa cares, and maybe she'll come with the proof. Then she'll have an additional $1 million. Compensation for something.
Kerry just keeps digging himself deeper in that hole with the whole Swiftboat business. Is he seriously contemplating running for president again? He could easily do away with all the mystery by signing the Standard Form 180. The fact that he won't tells me all I need to know!
P.S. I wonder if Private Scott Thomas Beauchamp helped write this article?
“Left eating the Left” alert. If this keeps up someone will need to form a pinglist!
KERRY will win. Can’t see what he offers the Senate anymore but then 25 or so senators are over the age of 70(half are gop). Time for all of them to give it up. Ain’t gonna happen.
thanks, for the post.
By Laura Blumenfeld
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, June 1, 2003; Page A01
And who is he (Kerry), really?
A close associate hints: Theres a secret compartment in Kerrys briefcase. He carries the black attache everywhere. Asked about it on several occasions, Kerry brushed it aside. Finally, trapped in an interview, he exhaled and clicked open his case.
Who told you? he demanded as he reached inside. My friends dont know about this.
The hat was a little mildewy. The green camouflage was fading, the seams fraying.
My good luck hat, Kerry said, happy to see it. Given to me by a CIA guy as we went in for a special mission in Cambodia.
Kerry put on the hat, pulling the brim over his forehead. His blue button-down shirt and tie clashed with the camouflage. He pointed his finger and raised his thumb, creating an imaginary gun. He looked silly, yet suddenly his campaign message was clear: Citizen-soldier. Linking patriotism to public service. It wasnt complex after all; it was Kerry.
He smiled and aimed his finger: Pow.
Which will make about as much difference to her family finances as finding a nickle on the sidewalk would make to mine.