Thursday, March 31, 2005

And here I didn't even know Hillary ran guns for the Khmer Rouge

From the New York Times:

Clinton Supporters Gear Up Against 'Swift Boat' Tactics

WASHINGTON, March 31 - With 19 months to go before the elections and no opponent in sight, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is nonetheless warning her political supporters that she is the prime target of "the right-wing attack machine."
In a fund-raising e-mail message sent out on Thursday, Mrs. Clinton's campaign also said her critics were preparing an advertising campaign against her similar to the one orchestrated by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group that attacked Senator John Kerry's Vietnam service during the presidential election.

"The right wing is already getting ready, naming Hillary as their 'No. 1 target' and boasting about their 'Swift Boat' style ads," said the e-mail message, which was sent by Ann F. Lewis, the director of communications for Mrs. Clinton's campaign committee, Friends of Hillary. "Help us show the right wing that we will be ready and able to fight back."

Now is it just me, or does it seem a little ridiculous to act like the SBVFT organization was some type of elite hit squad, some type of political tactic unheard of in the history of politics? John Kerry based his campaign on his Vietnam service, with his tacky saluting and "I served in Vietnam" speeches every 5 minutes, and then suddenly when it became a liability he started whining about it. Bush was attacked constantly on his Air National Guard service, but guess what, it wasn't the basis of his campaign. Nobody cared except for the people who were never voting for him in the first place. So if Hillary wants to beat "swiftboat like tactics" then why doesn't she run on something meaningful? Oh, and explaining how she made all that money on those cattle futures might help too.

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