Sunday, September 12, 2004

There's a fine, fine line

Drudge reports the DNC and Kerry campaign haven't learned a thing from the last month. As always with Drudge, interesting if true: The coordinated nationwide effort this week by the DNC has been code-named "Project Fortunate Son." "George Bush has a clear pattern of lying about his military service," DNC Communications Director Jano Cabrera blasts in the new release. "From 1978 to the present day, George Bush has refused to tell voters the truth about his service. It's time for the President to come clean." "Flyers distributed to Texas voters during Bush's failed Congressional race say 'he served in the U.S. Air Force and the Texas Air National Guard.' But according to Air Force officials, Air National Guardsmen are not counted as members of the active-duty Air Force." This is your brilliant new strategy? Point out that flyers distributed for a race in 1978 made a technical error in Bush's bio? Even if it wasn't just the fault of some random staffer ignorant of the official distinction between the Air National Guard corps and the USAF proper, who cares? He lost that race. I have no idea about his campaign for the Texas gubernatorial election, but in 2000, he didn't run in the primaries or the presidential election on the basis of his military service. He didn't, unlike some people we have the misfortune of knowing, attempt to make that sevice the single selling point of his campaign. If the DNC is counting on potential Bush supporters to be outraged that an Air National Guardsman was (perhaps accidentally, perhaps purposely) referred to as a member of the Air Force in campaign literature twenty-six years ago, they're more out of touch than I thought. Try harder, guys. It's not going to be much fun watching this kind of lame jackassery for another month and a half.

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