Tuesday, June 07, 2005
More Evidence of John Kerry's Political Ineptness or Why the Democrats Deserved to Lose the Election
Shockingly, they reveal . . .
absolutely nothing we didn't already know.
The records, which the Navy Personnel Command provided to the Globe, are mostly a duplication of what Kerry released during his 2004 campaign for president, including numerous commendations from commanding officers who later criticized Kerry's Vietnam service.
The lack of any substantive new material about Kerry's military career in the documents raises the question of why Kerry refused for so long to waive privacy restrictions.
Yep, that's right. After refusing to release the records in response to demands by the Swift Boat Veterans for Bush . . . er . . . Truth, it turns out that the records actually contain glowing commendations from some of those very same veterans.
Why didn't Kerry just sign the privacy waiver during the election campaign, when it actually might have served some purpose? Well, I guess Kerry didn't want to make things too easy on himself and actually try to debunk some of the ridiculous accusations against him. Look, I think Kerry's Vietnam service is irrelevant to his Presidential qualifications, but his failure to respond to the Republican attacks expeditiously and effectively shows a lack of political acumen that bears directly on his competence to run an entire country.
The Globe theorizes that Kerry signed the waiver now in order to pave the way for a 2008 election bid. Good grief. I certainly hope not. If the Democrats are stupid enough to run Kerry again, they deserve everything they get, including having this guy as their next president.