Bush fails the character test
The Kansas City Star weighs in:
The biggest Republican campaign donor in Texas has financed a smear campaign to not only challenge Sen. John Kerry's Vietnam War heroism but also to portray him as a liar and a coward.
This is based on unsupported charges and transparently deceptive tactics. Yet President Bush has failed for days to denounce it, a decision that he knows gives the ad credibility with some poorly informed voters.
Bush talks a lot about the importance of character. This was a good test of his ability to live up to that rhetoric, and so far he has failed it.