March 25, 2008

Here We Go Again

Man, the Republicans are going to slaughter Hillary Clinton on her Bosnia fable should she become the Democratic nominee. If the Swift Boaters could turn an actual war hero -- John Kerry -- into a phony, imagine what they'll do with a real phony? How can a lie about visiting a country with Sinbad, Sheryl Crow and one's teenage daughter compare with the truth about being held as a POW in Vietnam for five years?

I was looking forward to the first post-Vietnam presidential race in ages. Fairly or not, Bill Clinton's draft dodging and George W. Bush's vacation in the Texas National Guard took up a lot of airtime and ink in the past few campaigns. But since Barack Obama was too young to serve during the 70s and Hillary Clinton's gender disqualified her from the draft, Republicans could hardly use these factors against them in comparison to John McCain. We were so close to being done with all that until Hillary Clinton basically handed the McCain campaign a way to use his experience in Vietnam against her. Karl Rove sends his thanks, I'm sure.

McCain's experience was always going to be used in the campaign, but mostly as a way to burnish his credentials. Now he can also use it to denigrate his opponent, should that opponent be Clinton. It's yet another reason to question her political skills, her honesty, and her judgment.

Posted by Doug at March 25, 2008 05:43 PM