Swift Boating 2008

Just saw that American Issues Project (which Chris LaCivita is part of) might have dropped its Ayers attacks. Today they have launched a new ad attacking Congressional Democrats – not Obama. Why?


We have kind of waited for the campaigns to turn negative and play the dirty tricks of politics. In the last couple of weeks, both campaigns have turned more negative. And the McCain/Palin ticket does not benefit from it. The Times/CBS poll released yesterday suggests that “McCain is hurting his bid by using attacks”.


I am just wondering – why did the swift boating work in 2004, but it does not today? Is that because McCain and Palin themselves turned negative and did not leave it to surrogates such as the American Issues Project? Voters do not like to watch this? Or is it because of the financial crisis? Or is it because the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth touched something in Kerry’s character – just like the Macaca YouTube video did for George Allen in 2006? But the Ayers attacks do not really say something about Obama (for instance, Ayers and Obama are not close friends)?


Or did the McCain campaign lose the spin war on negative campaigning – as a spokesperson claimed on Morning Joe? The spokesperson (Wallace) said:

The truth is that Barack Obama has spent more money on negative attack ads against John McCain than any politician, Democrat or Republican, in history.”

I hope I get more time next week to answer these questions.


2 responses to “Swift Boating 2008

  1. My understanding of what happened with the Swift Boat campaign was not that people were disputing John Kerry’s actions while in Vietnam so much as they were protesting his actions after he got home. He became part of the radical anti-war movement and then portrayed the soldiers he served with as criminals, baby murderers and gleeful killers of innocents. The people who started that group were not necessarily partisans who were trying to destroy his political ambitions out of ideology as much as they were soldiers (actually sailors) who lived through the same experiences he described when back home and testified, in large numbers, that he misrepresented them and their conduct.

    I lived through those times. I was not in Vietnam, but I well remember how Kerry and others like him took to the airwaves and said horrendous things about the American military which were simply not true. It was the ‘cool’ thing to do. You grew your hair long, called all American military losers, all police ‘pigs’ and extolled the cultural superiority of Hanoi and Moscow.

    Kerry was not the first one to fall into that trap. It was not so much that he could not be forgiven for what he said on the airwaves when still a young man. It was that he had never apologized or made it right. He could not be allowed to be seriously made president of this country without an attempt to set the record straight.

  2. John Kerry did the honorable thing.After witnessing and being a part of the awful horror of that war what else could he do and remain true tothe ideal of: Duty.Honor.Country. I applaud him for his courage and his humanity.

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