27 February 2008

John McCain and the Swift Boat Veterans

Over at Little Green Footballs they're wondering:

Has anyone ever really shown that the allegations made by the Swift Boat Veterans against John F. Kerry were false? If someone has refuted the charges conclusively, I’ve never seen it—which makes John McCain’s continuing antipathy toward the Swiftboaters inexplicable:

In my opinion, it's pretty easily explained.  People have attacked John McCain's service with unfounded accusations of collaboration, incompetence, and covering up the continued presence of POW's in VietNam.  While I am no McCain fan, these lies and smears have been debunked many times.  Is it any wonder he objects to these types of attacks?  Ted Sampley is an excellent example of someone who makes a (dishonest) living off the pain and suffering of others.

Even when they're true (as I believe the Swift Boat Veterans' to be), giving legitimacy to the method is galling.  Election campaigns should be focused on the issues of today.  If accusations like these have merit, they should be brought out at the time.  To bring them out only for a campaign is unfairly prejudicial, as well as irrelevant.  John McCain is not my candidate, but his objection to these types of attacks is to his credit.  Now, if he'd only be as honest about his party affiliation and switch over to the Dems.

Posted by: Stashiu3 at 18:24:00 | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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Frankly, I justed assumed it was because John McCain is a sonofabitch...

Posted by: swj719 at 28 February 2008@09:39:54 (xNyOl)


He is and that temper both helps and hurts him at times.  Kerry's one too.  If the Swift Boaters had lied about Kerry it would have been just as irrelevent.  Constantly pointing to John McCain's POW record is irrelevent, used often to insulate him from genuine criticism.

I don't like McCain or Kerry for the things they do now, as Senators.  I don't like the way they campaign.  And I don't like how the MSM slants coverage favoring their own agenda.  However, when McCain gets unfairly attacked by conmen or idealogues with a believing audience, I can understand him being against the method, and condemning its use against anyone.

Posted by: Stashiu3 at 28 February 2008@11:43:32 (tarqT)


I agree, the slanderous attacks are annoying...

But I am absolutely unable to get mad enough to spend the effort trying to defend him.  Screw him, he can do it himself.

Posted by: swj719 at 28 February 2008@12:11:09 (xNyOl)

4 McCain has anger enough for us both, I'll let him do the defending (and keep my lunch down).  This was my opinion on why he's doing it... besides being a sonofabitch that is. 

Posted by: Stashiu3 at 28 February 2008@13:07:47 (tarqT)

5 I need to get my own blog set up.  I have so much rage to purge. 

Posted by: swj719 at 28 February 2008@13:43:53 (xNyOl)

6 I hear dressing in rags with both hand clutching bottles of thunderbird while screaming from the streetcorner works well too, but I don't much like wine, so... 

Posted by: Stashiu3 at 28 February 2008@14:04:59 (tarqT)

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