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Bush pulls a Swift one-He has Kerry caught in a dilemma on soft-money attack ads
New York Daily News ^ | 8/25/04 | Zev Chafets

Posted on 08/25/2004 2:39:01 AM PDT by kattracks

Everybody knows President Bush is a bass fisherman. But the President has spent most of August reeling in a more exotic specimen: the Giant New England Slack-Jaw.

Years from now, when tales of the catch are told around GOP campfires, small boys will marvel at how the supposedly intelligent Kerryfish swallowed Bush's bait, hook, line and sinker.

Slack-jaw season started in January, when John Kerry won the Iowa caucuses with help from a band of Vietnam character witnesses. At the time, Bush realized three simple truths:

1) Kerry would be his Democratic opponent. 2) The theme of Kerry's campaign would be his heroic military service. 3) Kerry would fund his campaign largely with so-called 527 soft money put up by anti-Bush billionaires who until then had been flirting with Howard Dean.

On May 4, a group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth held a press conference in Washington, denouncing Kerry. It is possible Bush was taken by surprise by this. It is also possible the moon's made of blue cheese.

Still, it is highly doubtful that Bush put the Swifties up to their attack. He didn't need to. They obviously hate Kerry's guts. All the President had to do was sit quietly and watch. Patience is the fisherman's friend.

Some of the Swiftie charges against Kerry's war record are highly debatable. Others - that Kerry invented a "life-changing" experience in Cambodia or that he slandered U.S. troops when he came home from the war - are matters of public record.

Either way, one thing is indisputable: The allegations have done Kerry a great deal of harm.

It took him a surprisingly long time to realize that. When he did, he tried to get off the hook in awkward ways - dispatching lawyers to scare TV stations into censoring Swiftie ads, pressuring bookstores to ban the Swiftie bible, "Unfit to Command," even appealing to the toothless Federal Election Commission to make his erstwhile comrades-in-arms shut up. But to no avail.

Finally Kerry demanded that Bush himself step in and silence the Swifties. It was a moment Bush had been waiting for.

On Monday, down in Crawford, Tex., Dubya hitched up his jeans, sauntered out to a press conference and allowed as to how he'd be glad to help his worthy opponent. But, just to be fair, he said, let's shut down the negative campaigning by all 527 groups. Goodbye, Swifties. So long, MoveOn. Just say the word, Sen. Kerry, and we'll take all the nasty dollars out of politics.

But Kerry hasn't said that word. He probably can't. His entire campaign finance structure is predicated on 527 money. Of the top 10 soft donors, nine are Kerry supporters. Combined, they have already raised more than $100 million for the Democrats. The Swifties, by contrast, have raised much less than 1% of that. For Bush, soft money is just a dab of Texas perfume; for Kerry, it's oxygen.

So, the President comes off as the champion of upright McCain-Feingold reform, while Kerry is stuck with George Soros & Co. If the senator cuts off his billionaire backers, he suffocates. If he sticks with Soros, et al., he's stuck with the Swifties, too. That's a hook Kerry can wriggle on until Nov. 2. Then Bush will throw him back.

The 43rd President is often said by his critics to be a dunce. Maybe. But in politics, as in fishing, you don't have to be a genius. You just have to be smarter than the fish.

Originally published on August 25, 2004



TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 527; 527groups; ads; campaignfinance; kerry; moveon; soros
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1 posted on 08/25/2004 2:39:01 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks

Smarter than the fish.

Well said.


2 posted on 08/25/2004 2:44:14 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: kattracks

Nicely said, Mr. Chavets.


3 posted on 08/25/2004 2:44:22 AM PDT by Belisaurius ("Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, Ted" - Joseph Kennedy 1958)
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To: kattracks

hahahahahahahahahah


4 posted on 08/25/2004 2:45:59 AM PDT by dennisw (Allah FUBAR!)
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To: kattracks
I just got this SWIFT BOAT VETERANS FOR TRUTH EXPOSE KERRY'S FRAUD sticker on my truck this afternoon.

Made by fellow FReeper disabled vet who has a bone to pick with Kerry, like we all do!
Large $20 (24" Wide 12" Tall) like mine
Small $10 (12" Wide 6" Tall)
Profits go to SwiftVets.com

FReep mail for details.

5 posted on 08/25/2004 2:46:14 AM PDT by Chieftain (Support the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and expose Hanoi John's FRAUD!)
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To: kattracks
"You just have to be smarter than the fish."

FLIPPER!
wait thats a mammal...

6 posted on 08/25/2004 2:47:52 AM PDT by FesterUSMC
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To: kattracks; Mia T
On May 4, a group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth held a press conference in Washington, denouncing Kerry. It is possible Bush was taken by surprise by this. It is also possible the moon's made of blue cheese.

Still, it is highly doubtful that Bush put the Swifties up to their attack. He didn't need to. They obviously hate Kerry's guts. All the President had to do was sit quietly and watch. Patience is the fisherman's friend.

Remember the patience of the poker player:

From GWB: HBS MBA --- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1070924/posts

One final note on George W. Bush’s management style and his Harvard Business School background does not derive from the classroom, per se. One feature of life there is that a subculture of poker players exists. Poker is a natural fit with the inclinations, talents, and skills of many future entrepreneurs. A close reading of the odds, combined with the ability to out-psych the opposition, leads to capital accumulation in many fields, aside from the poker table.

By reputation, the President was a very avid and skillful poker player when he was an MBA student. One of the secrets of a successful poker player is to encourage your opponent to bet a lot of chips on a losing hand. This is a pattern of behavior one sees repeatedly in George W. Bush’s political career. He is not one to loudly proclaim his strengths at the beginning of a campaign. Instead, he bides his time, does not respond forcefully, a least at first, to critiques from his enemies, no matter how loud and annoying they get. If anything, this apparent passivity only goads them into making their case more emphatically.

7 posted on 08/25/2004 2:49:47 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Free Martha Mitchell......... and Jail Teraaaaaayza)
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To: kattracks
This is one of the better columns I've read on the subject. I particularly liked this part:

Still, it is highly doubtful that Bush put the Swifties up to their attack. He didn't need to. They obviously hate Kerry's guts. All the President had to do was sit quietly and watch. Patience is the fisherman's friend.

8 posted on 08/25/2004 2:51:36 AM PDT by NYCVirago
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To: kattracks
So, the President comes off as the champion of upright McCain-Feingold reform, while Kerry is stuck with George Soros & Co.

But only intelligent observers will realize this. Too bad there aren't enough voters who fit that category. That's the real problem!

9 posted on 08/25/2004 2:52:50 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Free Martha Mitchell......... and Jail Teraaaaaayza)
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To: kattracks

But in politics, as in fishing, you don't have to be a genius. You just have to be smarter than the fish.


10 posted on 08/25/2004 2:54:00 AM PDT by An.American.Expatriate (A vote for JF'nK is a vote for Peace in our Time!)
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To: NYCVirago
I kinda' like this one myself

But the President has spent most of August reeling in a more exotic specimen: the Giant New England Slack-Jaw.

11 posted on 08/25/2004 2:55:51 AM PDT by kattracks (http://www.swiftvets.com/)
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To: kattracks
For Bush, soft money is just a dab of Texas perfume; for Kerry, it's oxygen.

LOL! What a great line. Nice work, Mr. Chafets...

12 posted on 08/25/2004 2:57:02 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: kattracks
The Kerry campaign, awash in 527 money, proves that the whole McCain-Feingold structure is just another liberal fraud perpetrated by media hype.
13 posted on 08/25/2004 3:05:31 AM PDT by Malesherbes
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To: NYCVirago

bingo


14 posted on 08/25/2004 3:10:20 AM PDT by Diva
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To: kattracks
For Bush, soft money is just a dab of Texas perfume; for Kerry, it's oxygen.

He is TaRAYza's gigolo and George Soros' bee eye itch, and he has the gall to claim Republicans are owned by special interests.

15 posted on 08/25/2004 3:15:29 AM PDT by Cannoneer No. 4 (I've lost turret power; I have my nods and my .50. Hooah. I will stay until relieved. White 2 out.)
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To: agitator; sweetliberty; Txslady; dixie267
Great read ping.

Everybody knows President Bush is a bass fisherman. But the President has spent most of August reeling in a more exotic specimen: the Giant New England Slack-Jaw.

The 43rd President is often said by his critics to be a dunce. Maybe. But in politics, as in fishing, you don't have to be a genius. You just have to be smarter than the fish.


16 posted on 08/25/2004 3:16:42 AM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afganistan and Iraq))
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To: kattracks
This was a great article! I was also reading a reply to a post yesterday that was saying Kerry looks worn down. With that in mind, I watched video clips from his speech yesterday, and sure enough, he looked like he hadn't slept and he was sweating liking he just got done running.

Side note: my sister-in-law said if Bush wins that she is leaving the country, so Nov. 3 I may have a fund drive to ensure she stays true to her word because it looks like Kerry is never going to shake this.
17 posted on 08/25/2004 3:17:02 AM PDT by lt.america (Captain was already taken)
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To: lt.america
my sister-in-law said if Bush wins that she is leaving the country

They always say that and they never do. I'd be much more impressed with: "No matter who wins, I will go about my life, be productive, and make a positive contribution to society."

18 posted on 08/25/2004 3:23:40 AM PDT by VisualizeSmallerGovernment (Question Liberal Authority)
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To: lt.america
I was also reading a reply to a post yesterday that was saying Kerry looks worn down.

The Swiftees have Kerry on the run.

Makes you wonder how well he would hold up during a real emergency.

19 posted on 08/25/2004 3:26:16 AM PDT by kattracks (http://www.swiftvets.com/)
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To: kattracks

My dad used to say that "Nobody catches fish, they merely give themselves up!"


20 posted on 08/25/2004 3:28:15 AM PDT by leprechaun9
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To: kattracks

BIG BUMP!


21 posted on 08/25/2004 3:28:43 AM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Nightshift

HeeHeeHee I like this one!


22 posted on 08/25/2004 3:30:24 AM PDT by tutstar ( <{{--->< http://ripe4change.4-all.org Judge Greer allows violations of Florida Statutes)
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To: Chieftain

SEmper Fi, I see that USMC sticker there!!


23 posted on 08/25/2004 3:31:22 AM PDT by tutstar ( <{{--->< http://ripe4change.4-all.org Judge Greer allows violations of Florida Statutes)
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To: NYCVirago
YES! You can watch the 71 debate between O'Neill and Kerry on CSPAN.com and after seeing it the other day I told hubby these guys have never liked Kerry. I heard a news report something to the effect "why have the swift vets waited until now?" Hello!! O'Neill took Kerry to the mat over 30 years ago and he ain't backing down now!
24 posted on 08/25/2004 3:34:12 AM PDT by tutstar ( <{{--->< http://ripe4change.4-all.org Judge Greer allows violations of Florida Statutes)
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To: lt.america

You know what will drive a Hate-Bush type like your Sister-In-Law completely stark raving batty? Tell her that you strongly support the President, but if Kerry wins, you think the country will be OK. Tell her that you are supporting Bush because you think he is by far the best candidate, but that John F'n Kerry, while certainly not as good as George W. Bush, would not be a terrible President.

If she is the least little bit polite and reasonable, she will have to consider the proposition that the re-election of the President would not be the end of the World. This sets off a fatal cascade of paradoxical conditions in the rabid Hate-Bushie mind, and they become completely apoplectic.

The first time I did this trick, it was by accident. I was just trying to be nice to a member of the family. But the ensuing melt-down was so much fun to watch, I must admit to pulling it a couple of times since then just for fun!


25 posted on 08/25/2004 3:41:57 AM PDT by bondjamesbond
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To: Chieftain

You need another W04 sticker to balance out the upper left corner. Besides that, this vehicle is perfection on wheels...


26 posted on 08/25/2004 3:43:56 AM PDT by bondjamesbond
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To: kattracks

Bookmarking


27 posted on 08/25/2004 3:47:50 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (Must get moose and squirrel ... B. Badanov)
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To: lt.america

Tell her to leave now, and if Kerry wins you'll pay her way back. Otherwise just stay put!


28 posted on 08/25/2004 3:50:57 AM PDT by jwpjr
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To: kattracks; All
...reeling in a more exotic specimen: the Giant New England Slack-Jaw.

Ow! That's going to leave a mark!

29 posted on 08/25/2004 4:01:04 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the Trackball into the Sunset...)
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To: An.American.Expatriate

Is your tag-line what you really believe?


30 posted on 08/25/2004 4:26:59 AM PDT by PROUDAMREP (BUSH/CHENEY '04)
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To: kattracks

Bingo! Bush is not that dumb a fisherman. And John F*ckin's trying to wriggle off the hook he latched himself onto. Clever work for someone liberals dismiss as a dunce. Guess who'll have the last laugh in November? Have fun watching it play out, boys and girls.


31 posted on 08/25/2004 4:31:34 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: lt.america

"my sister-in-law said if Bush wins that she is leaving the country"

Tell her ole LLS says she is a liar! She and her "kind" bloviate, but never leave.

I present to her the "Bullwhip Baldwin Award" for ignorance!

LLS


32 posted on 08/25/2004 4:41:33 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Continued Job creation will not matter, if kerry "Outsources" our National Defense!)
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To: goldstategop

Kerry sent a story to a humane society club saying he had a dog on the boats and it went MIA when a MINE blew up a boat..... so there was no MINE????

Just on Fox this morning.

For something else, not that anyone here has:

http://www.marklarose.com/AlwaysRemember.htm


33 posted on 08/25/2004 4:46:31 AM PDT by Michael121 (An old soldier knows truth. Only a Dead Soldier knows peace.)
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To: PROUDAMREP

Who else used the phrase "Peace In Our Time"?


34 posted on 08/25/2004 4:47:49 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (...and Freedom tastes of Reality)
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To: kattracks
Giant New England Slack-Jaw.

LOL!

A little botox will take care of that jaw.

35 posted on 08/25/2004 4:49:10 AM PDT by mombonn (íViva Bush/Cheney!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

I have lots of empty boxes and a truck.
Freepmail me when she's ready to roll....:)


36 posted on 08/25/2004 4:54:08 AM PDT by Salamander (Is my schadenfreudian slip showing?)
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To: kattracks
I saw this posted on the swiftvets.com website,,, I thought it was a great idea...

"Vets at VA hospitals often have limited reading materials, a wonderful gift is to donate your Unfit for Command to you local VA medical center and state run veterans homes so that our fellow brothers and heros will know more about John Kerry before the November election. "

37 posted on 08/25/2004 5:03:26 AM PDT by CharlotteVRWC
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To: PeaceBeWithYou

That's very good. Thanks for the ping.


38 posted on 08/25/2004 5:08:13 AM PDT by sweetliberty ("A wise man's heart inclines him to the right, but a fool's heart to the left." (Eccl. 10:2))
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To: lt.america
my sister-in-law said if Bush wins that she is leaving the country

It might be fun to put her on the mailing lists of some travel agencies....for informational purposes,of course......not to 'stir the pot' so to speak. :-]

39 posted on 08/25/2004 5:08:16 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: lt.america
my sister-in-law said if Bush wins that she is leaving the country

"Well. Bye."

40 posted on 08/25/2004 5:11:02 AM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: PROUDAMREP
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain declared "Peace in our time" after visiting Hitler in Munich. Six monthes later Hitler invaded Chechoslavakia. Chamberlain was ripped later by Parliament and was replaced by Churchill.

In other words Chamberlain was a kiss-ass coward who was afraid to confront the gathering storm that was Hitler.

41 posted on 08/25/2004 5:18:39 AM PDT by normy (Just cause you think you can box, doesn't mean you're ready to climb in the ring with Ali.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Radix; Kathy in Alaska; MoJo2001; LaDivaLoca; Fawnn; Bethbg79; ...
If the senator cuts off his billionaire backers, he suffocates. If he sticks with Soros, et al., he's stuck with the Swifties, too.

Looks like kerry is stuck in a very bad situation ping. This is one issue that will take its toll on the john/john ticket. They can't have it their way, without hurting the campaign.

42 posted on 08/25/2004 5:45:28 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (kerry and the RATs can't stand facts or truth.)
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To: kattracks
Superb short piece...wonder if the "fish" has read it??

Also wonder if Soros & Co. have read it??

43 posted on 08/25/2004 5:50:00 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason (Don't piss down my back and tell me it's rainin')
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To: kattracks
The 43rd President is often said by his critics to be a dunce. Maybe. But in politics, as in fishing, you don't have to be a genius. You just have to be smarter than the fish.

Ow!!

44 posted on 08/25/2004 5:53:00 AM PDT by VadeRetro
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To: kattracks

Ah, yes, the Munster-fish.


45 posted on 08/25/2004 5:56:39 AM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD is STILL in control, even if Bush loses in 2004!)
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To: beyond the sea
But only intelligent observers will realize this. Too bad there aren't enough voters who fit that category. That's the real problem!

Oh, the voters will undoubtedly hear about it.

That little nugget about "9 out of 10 top soft money donors are Kerry supporters" is probably going to find itself in one of the splendid "Kerry says ... Kerry does" ads. (See his position on campaign finance reform.)

46 posted on 08/25/2004 6:00:56 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: VadeRetro

The Swifies are not the only group that is standing up and fighting John Kerry.
We at catholicsagainstkerry.com are putting up radio spots that will explain the threat to Catholic values that Kerry really is.
We need your help.
Please come to our site and please donate to this radio project. You can be part of history by doing this.
Even a small donation will help.
Thank you


47 posted on 08/25/2004 6:04:13 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 ( Kerry's not "one of us": catholicsagainstkerry.com. needs your help.)
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To: kattracks
"But in politics, as in fishing, you don't have to be a genius. You just have to be smarter than the fish."

Heh

48 posted on 08/25/2004 6:06:15 AM PDT by MNnice
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To: kattracks

"So, the President comes off as the champion of upright McCain-Feingold reform, while Kerry is stuck with George Soros & Co. If the senator cuts off his billionaire backers, he suffocates. If he sticks with Soros, et al., he's stuck with the Swifties, too. That's a hook Kerry can wriggle on until Nov. 2. Then Bush will throw him back. "

Nails it. And you know the President will say something about the 527's at the Convention in prime time, saying we should stop them all.

The contrast between that and Kerry's position, which seems to be ban pro Bush 527's, won't be lost on average Americans.


49 posted on 08/25/2004 6:11:24 AM PDT by Badeye ("Review Kerry's voting record")
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To: kattracks

"...Kerry looks worn down."

Dubya looks great. I bet he sleeps well at night.


50 posted on 08/25/2004 6:14:11 AM PDT by keats5
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