Making it up as they go along
Now George Elliott (of Swift Boat Veterans Against Truth) is claiming he was misquoted. The Boston Globe stands by its story: The editor says everything was on the record, and Elliott was NOT misquoted. My money's on the Globe; they're not known for giving Kerry the benefit of the doubt. (And God only knows this Swift boat bunch has been caught in beaucoup lies already.)
The latest from CNN:
Veterans supporting Kerry called the ad a "smear campaign" and two whose lives were saved by Kerry hit back.
"What these people have said is not true and a lot of it is grossly inaccurate," said James Rassmann, who has appeared at many campaign appearances with the candidate.
"These gentlemen appear to be making this up as they go along and they are not keeping their stories straight," he said.
Fred Short, who also served with Kerry, said the ad shows "The Bush campaign has nothing to talk about, so they resort to these dirty tricks."
Meanwhile Republican Sen. John McCain, another Vietnam veteran, called the attack dishonorable and dishonest.
While I appreciate Sen. McCain's statement, it would be even more effective if he took a definitive stand on this and resigned as Arizona chairman of the Bush campaign. There's an old saying that applies here: If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas. (My apologies to canines everywhere for comparing them to the Bushies.)