In a post titled, “You Think You’re Tired Of Hearing About Vietnam Now–Just Wait”, John Hawkins writes that there’s a whole lot of ‘Nam left in the campaign:
The Republican National Convention will tear the spotlight off of the Swiftees for Truth, but only temporarily.
You know why I say that? Because there’s blood in the water…John Kerry’s blood.
The SBVFT have already caught Kerry in a lie about Cambodia and that damaged him. Furthermore, the fact that Kerry is refusing to release his military record and is stonewalling the charges made against him, despite all the attention they’re getting, is making him look dishonest. On top of that, if the Swift Boat Vets for Truth can convince that public that John Kerry is telling a number of lies about his record or even more importantly, can deliver the coup de grace and show that he lied to get one of his Purple Hearts, this campaign is as good as over.
Personally, I think that there is a lot of “there there” to the charges made by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and unless Kerry can put this whole issue to rest by releasing his records and coming up with plausible answers to some of the tougher questions the SBVFT are putting to him, his run at the presidency is going to be crippled.
It didn’t have to be this way, of course.