Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Swift Boats Gassed and Ready to Go

The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth (what an oxymoron, huh?) have gassed up the boats and set sail once again. The target this time is not John Kerry, but 2008 Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (NY). The behind-the-scenes mastermind and bankroller of the literary (stretch) attacks on Kerry last Summer and Fall, Richard Mellon Scaife, the right-wing Pittsburgh billionaire who's been gunning for the Clinton's for years, is also providing the much-needed financial and media support for the controversial new Ed Klein book, "The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She'll Go to Become President." Klein the author attempts to portray Sen. Clinton as ruthless, cunning, manipulative and ambitous, with an insatiable political appetite. Klein the smut peddler makes outlandish, reprehensible accusations about the Clintons' sex lives, going so far as to claim that daughter Chelsea was conceived after Bill admittedly raped his wife. This book lowers the bar on decency, and it is an insult to every American who cherishes their loved ones and values their privacy. Voters are already fed up with this kind of distraction from the real issues of the day. They're concerned about the war, the economy, their jobs, their home heating bills, their gas tanks, their health care and their kids' education. The stakes have changed, as have the times, since the Swifties first put pen to paper last year with their "Unfit for Command" trash novel. Have you seen the latest Bush approval ratings (42%)? Americans' satisfaction with Congress (just 40%)?. I suspect that this new companion piece to last year's attack on Kerry will backfire on its conspirators and add another layer to Americans' growing disatisfaction with the direction in which the country is heading, and its distaste for those putting us there. Andy

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