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John O'Neill: He had last word in Vietnam debate (nominated for Texan of the Year)
Dallas Morning News ^ | 12/17/04

Posted on 12/17/2004 9:38:15 PM PST by freespirited

The Houston telephone book lists more than 16,000 lawyers, some clearly more famous than others. Very few – perhaps only one – can credibly claim to have helped pull the hand brake on a presidential campaign.

John O'Neill had his day on the national stage 33 years ago, but this year he emerged from the weeds of his comfortable anonymity because of a burning belief that John Kerry would make an awful commander in chief – and had to be stopped.

In February, Mr. O'Neill rallied more than 200 fellow Vietnam vets to form Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, one of the independent political groups known as 527s made possible by campaign finance reform. . . .

Mr. O'Neill was no stranger to the argument. He had debated Mr. Kerry in 1971 on national television. More than three decades later, with his old nemesis running for president, major newspapers and networks mostly ignored Mr. O'Neill for months, until his anti-Kerry broadside Unfit for Command stormed the best-seller list. So huge was the Swifties' impact that traditional media grudgingly picked up the story, if only to challenge their claims.

But the fog of political warfare they generated never quite dissipated. Mr. Kerry, a Navy vet, made his military service the centerpiece of his campaign, but the Swiftie assault stopped the Democrat's momentum cold. Mr. Kerry never fully regained his offensive footing.

Love him or hate him, Mr. O'Neill turned a presidential election on its ear. For his drive, vision and influence, we name him a 2004 finalist for The Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year.

(Excerpt) Read more at dallasnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dallasmorningnews; election2004; johnoneill; kerry; kerrydefeat; manoftheyear; oneill; swiftboatveterans; swiftees; texanoftheyear; vietnam
He gets my vote.
1 posted on 12/17/2004 9:38:15 PM PST by freespirited
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To: freespirited

He claimed to be a Democrat during the campaign. I wonder if now he prefers to be a Rapublican...


2 posted on 12/17/2004 9:43:28 PM PST by paudio (Four More Years..... Let's Use Them Wisely...)
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To: paudio
He claimed to be a Democrat during the campaign.

I don't remember him claimng to be a democrat... I believe he said he has voted for BOTH parties, including even a 3rd party in Ross Perot..

3 posted on 12/17/2004 9:47:16 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: freespirited

How about a Medal of Freedom.

We will never know how much was saved by one man standing
his ground. He changed to course of history.


4 posted on 12/17/2004 9:54:57 PM PST by oldbrowser (You lost the election.....................Get over it.)
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To: oldbrowser

It's a shame that O'Neill won't get the Medal of Freedom because of the appearance of improperly operating a 527. No one says boo, however, when moveon.org claims ownership of the dims.


5 posted on 12/17/2004 9:58:09 PM PST by REDWOOD99
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To: freespirited

Yes, mine too and my admiration.


6 posted on 12/17/2004 9:59:21 PM PST by KTpig
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To: freespirited
John O'Neill: He had last word in Vietnam debate

He sure did.

Oh, and has Kerry sued Mr. O'Neill yet? No?

Two predictions:
1. Kerry doesn't sue, and
2. Kerry won't run for president again (as long as O'Neill is alive anyway).

Last laugh in deed.

5.56mm

7 posted on 12/17/2004 9:59:46 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: paudio

No, he said he's an Independent.


8 posted on 12/17/2004 10:00:16 PM PST by freespirited (Kerry ravaged the reputation of Vietnam vets in a manner reminiscent of a creepy liar.)
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To: freespirited; M Kehoe
I do think he has said he is a registered democrat. But I could be wrong.

And Mr. O'Neills's comment to Kerry vis a vis a lawsuit, Bring it On.

LOL, discovery would be revealing.
9 posted on 12/17/2004 10:03:39 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Echo Talon

He also stated that when Nixon invited him to the White House during his first debates with sKerry he let President Nixon know that he was a Democrat. However, back in those days everyone was a Democrat in Texas, either Conservative or Liberal.


10 posted on 12/17/2004 10:04:25 PM PST by Gracey (AIN'T Fonda sKerry and his 9.10 Democrat mentality)
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To: freespirited

Hand brake, hell he shoved a 2 by 4 thru the spokes! It took guts, but the courage of the Swifties was never in doubt. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who kept the lying bastard John Kerry out of the oval office.


11 posted on 12/17/2004 10:07:16 PM PST by bigbob (2)
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To: Syncro

We don't have party registration in Texas. These days I'm sure he votes mostly Republican, unless there are moderate Democrats around. He's probably an American patriot but not a radical right wing.

My understanding from his previous statements is that he used to be a Texas Democrat but along the way he has voted for the best candidate, and that would be mostly Republicans of late.


12 posted on 12/17/2004 10:07:31 PM PST by Gracey (AIN'T Fonda sKerry and his 9.10 Democrat mentality)
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To: bigbob

We Americans should get together and have an event bestowing him with a high honor of some type.... something given to him by the Citizens of the United States.

Wouldn't that be cool!!!!

Maybe we can do it in his home town of Houston, TX. What you all think? We can do it after the inauguration of President Bush or something during the spring.


13 posted on 12/17/2004 10:09:25 PM PST by Gracey (AIN'T Fonda sKerry and his 9.10 Democrat mentality)
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To: Gracey

Haven't posted much lately and just noticed my tag line is PASSE. he he


14 posted on 12/17/2004 10:11:02 PM PST by Gracey (Let's all thank John O'Neill for saving us from sKerry. Any ideas?)
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To: freespirited


He has my vote for sure!

15 posted on 12/17/2004 10:13:41 PM PST by Zacs Mom ("In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." Jefferson)
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To: freespirited
As a related question, has there ever been consideration of a Free Republic Person of the Year?

(John O'Neill would be my nominee for such an accolade.)

16 posted on 12/17/2004 10:15:53 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: freespirited

bump


17 posted on 12/17/2004 10:16:37 PM PST by kimosabe31
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To: Seaplaner
As a related question, has there ever been consideration of a Free Republic Person of the Year? (John O'Neill would be my nominee for such an accolade.)

I believe there is a Private Citizen category among the FR Eagle Awards. I'm with you regarding who deserves it.

18 posted on 12/17/2004 10:30:44 PM PST by freespirited (Kerry ravaged the reputation of Vietnam vets in a manner reminiscent of a creepy liar.)
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To: Gracey
Thanks, Gracey for that information. I did not know that there is no party registration in Texas.

What do people do, just declare themselves Republicans or Democrats?

I do believe when I saw him in San Francisco in Sept that he mentioned that he is/was a Democrat when questioned on his partiality.

Of course the whole Swift Vet thing was nonpartisan, they just wanted the truth to come out about Kerry.

I am sure he has voted conservatively for quite some time.

The speaker with him, Buzz Patterson, who worked in the Clinton Administration in the 90's and carried the Nuclear Football was a Democrat.

His book, Dereliction of Duty is a great one too.

19 posted on 12/17/2004 10:46:30 PM PST by Syncro
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To: freespirited

Am still seething with anger over the mistreatment this great American received from the girlie "Laurie" O'Donnell on Scarborough not too long ago.


20 posted on 12/17/2004 10:54:43 PM PST by citizencon
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To: Syncro

Thanks for that info. Bless these fine Democrats for all of us hopefully are AMERICANs First and PARTY second. I have no problem with Democrats that care about this country, and put our country FIRST. In theory, we probably have many similar philosophies to Patterson & O'Neill. They both are brave men for going against the leftists who call themselves Democrats.

I never forget that Jim Rob was a Democrat also. LOL.

In Texas, one way you can tell party affiliation is how one votes in the primary election. Otherwise there's no method for knowing. We just don't register in a party, unless we are active in party business, such as being a precinct chairman, etc. Then we have to declare our affiliation by having voted in the primary.


21 posted on 12/17/2004 11:09:32 PM PST by Gracey (Let's all thank John O'Neill for saving us from sKerry. Any ideas?)
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To: Syncro

Thanks for the link to "Dereliction of Duty" I must purchase it. I suppose he had to be a Democrat to carry Clinton's football and spend so much time with him. How interesting. It's nice to know there are decent Dems around. They are Zell Millers. :-)

Hope to see you when you come this way w/JimRob.


22 posted on 12/17/2004 11:14:09 PM PST by Gracey (Let's all thank John O'Neill for saving us from sKerry. Any ideas?)
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To: M Kehoe

Kerry won't sue O'Neil. Gary Condit won't sue Dominick Dunne.


23 posted on 12/17/2004 11:30:06 PM PST by willyboyishere
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To: M Kehoe

Kerry won't sue O'Neil. Gary Condit won't sue Dominick Dunne.


24 posted on 12/17/2004 11:30:23 PM PST by willyboyishere
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To: freespirited

Here's my vote too.


25 posted on 12/18/2004 12:18:55 AM PST by Deetes
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To: Zacs Mom


Nice post.
Thanks.


26 posted on 12/18/2004 12:30:29 AM PST by onyx (A BLESSED & MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.)
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To: freespirited; All
From the Vault of now-forgotten posts:

To read the latest on the Franchurian Candidate's bizzare exploits, click the picture, goto "last," and work backwards:

If you would like to help the Swift Boat Vets ( as I have, and I urge all to do-- even a few dollars will help ) kindly click on this logo:

Take a look at these short video clips, especially the last one. You will walk away with a heavy heart.

POW'S TELL ABOUT TORTURE

27 posted on 12/18/2004 1:51:05 AM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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To: Syncro

"I do think he has said he is a registered democrat. But I could be wrong.

And Mr. O'Neills's comment to Kerry vis a vis a lawsuit, Bring it On.

LOL, discovery would be revealing."

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That's what did it for me. If O'Neill had not been telling the truth then Kerry should have had it out with him in court as soon as the SwiftVets spoke up. But the Kerry team would do anything EXCEPT that.

It was truly amazing to watch him and his fellow swifties handle their many interviews. Just watching the likes of Carville, Podesta and Chrissy Matthews spew foam and imprecations while they maintained their dignity and their aim had to have convinced many fence-sitters that there must have been something to what they said.


28 posted on 12/18/2004 2:34:19 AM PST by sinanju
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To: bigbob
We owe a debt of gratitude to those who kept the lying bastard John Kerry out of the oval office.

Here's mine: Thank you, thank you Swiftboat Veterans!

29 posted on 12/18/2004 2:55:10 AM PST by VOYAGER
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To: bigbob
We owe a debt of gratitude to those who kept the lying bastard John Kerry out of the oval office.

Here's mine: Thank you, thank you Swiftboat Veterans!

30 posted on 12/18/2004 2:58:21 AM PST by VOYAGER
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To: VOYAGER

If KBH doesn't run for re-election..how about O'Neill for the Senate..the image of O'Neill and Kerry on the floor together would be priceless..


31 posted on 12/18/2004 5:41:29 AM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her gene pool. Any volunteers?)
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To: Gracey
These days I'm sure he votes mostly Republican, unless there are moderate Democrats around.

Conservative? I doubt it. He repeatedly said he would have voted for Edwards, the fourth most liberal in the Senate who is a trial lawyer and ran on a class warfare theme. Doesn't sound conservative at all.

Nevertheless, as a conservative, I feel indebted to him.

32 posted on 12/18/2004 5:54:48 AM PST by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds, a pessimist fears this is true.)
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To: Syncro
What do people do, just declare themselves Republicans or Democrats?

It's a hangover from the old days when whoever won the Dem primary was certain to win the general election. So, everyone voted in the primary. Then became Dem or Rep in the general election for party positions such as chairman, national convention delegates and other things.

When you go to vote now, all names are in one book at your precinct/polling place, and you sign as having appeared. You then choose which primary you wish to vote in and that is it.

Absentee/early voting is kept track of by computer, or even manually in the less populated counties, and reflects whether you have or have not yet voted in a particular election.

33 posted on 12/18/2004 7:44:26 AM PST by rock58seg (Real Conservatives don't care what McCain thinks.)
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To: Echo Talon
O'Neill voted for Gore in 2000, Perot twice and a year ago said he would vote for Edwards in a Bush-Edwards race.

http://www.rightwingnews.com/interviews/johno.php

34 posted on 12/18/2004 4:41:50 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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