February 14, 2004


Bill at the INDC Journal writes:

I've had the misfortune of seeing Kerry up-close-and-personal once. I was at a reception following a pro-choice comedy benefit and Kerry was working the crowd with some empathy-smeared small-talk. I was standing next to the guy, really just looking up at him and trying to figure out if he was human or not. Seriously. The dude is like nine feet tall, looks like a walking, talking cartoon and that thick head of hair required its own box seat for the performance. The guy was very physically imposing. Not good-looking in any sense of the phrase, but scary as hell.

Salon’s Joe Conason is scared of a revived VRWC:

Is American politics suddenly returning to the bad old days, when Washington journalism became frenzied with sheet sniffing and keyhole peeping? That seems to be the default program of the right-wing media machine whenever Republican poll numbers sink into the red zone.

Late Thursday morning -- with George W. Bush's credibility damaged on several fronts as reporters demanded answers to questions about his National Guard service that should have been asked years ago -- the Drudge Report defamed his leading Democratic challenger with a "world exclusive" smudge of personal dirt.

Questions about Bush’s service: “should have been asked years ago”.
Questions about Kerry’s servicing: “keyhole peeping ... personal dirt”.

Well, at least we know where Joe stands. Or kneels. Hey, turns out Bush wasn’t such a hot driver when he was a kid:

The White House disclosed information in documents Thursday showing that President Bush had been arrested once for a college prank and was cited for two automobile accidents and two speeding tickets before he enlisted in the National Guard.

Man, scandal city! Meanwhile, the Bush AWOL story may be fading:

For at least six years, a retired Texas National Guard officer has maintained that President Bush's record as a member of the Guard was purged of potentially embarrassing material at the behest of high-ranking Bush aides laying the groundwork for Bush's 2000 run for the presidency.

But a key witness to some of the events described by [Retired Lieutenant Colonel Bill] Burkett has told the Globe that the central elements of his story are false.

Iowahawk has the real Bush scandal totally nailed. And Christopher Sheil, whose endorsement of Wesley Clark helped sink the General’s campaign, has done it again. Only hours before the Kerry story hit, Sheil posted this. Who will the Chris of Death bring down next?

UPDATE. The Kerry Mystery Woman is Alex Polier, currently residing in Kenya. Here’s one of her Associated Press stories. The caption error is, er, unfortunate.

Posted by Tim Blair at February 14, 2004 05:17 AM
right-wing media machine
Right-wing media machine? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

What planet does he live on?

Posted by: Barbara Skolaut at February 14, 2004 at 05:49 AM

Hey, lay off Kerry,
I loved him in 'Car 54 Where Are You'.
And his performance as Herman in The Munsters should have won a Nobel Prize!

Posted by: Arnie at February 14, 2004 at 06:41 AM

Hey, two Aussies were the next winners in Steyn's Dem-olition Derby!

Go Aussies!

Posted by: Quentin George at February 14, 2004 at 08:08 AM

Direct quotes from the London SUN article 'naming' Polier:

There is no evidence the pair had an affair, but her father Terry, 56, said: “I think he’s a sleazeball. I did kind of wonder if my daughter didn’t get that kind of feeling herself.

“He’s not the sort of guy I would choose to be with my daughter.”

Terry, of Malvern, Pennsylvania, added: “John Kerry called my daughter and invited her down to Washington two or three years ago.

“He invited her to be on his re-election committee. She talked to him and decided against it.”


Flash! Kerry offers babe job on staff! Read all about it! Democratic front-runner hit by scandal with no evidence! Scoop! Father calls Kerry 'sleazeball'!

Where's Paula Jones when you need her? Good to see the blogmire keeping down its standards.

Posted by: Miranda Divide at February 14, 2004 at 09:11 AM

Ha. "Bryce Schroer-Shepord, who was laid from Oxygen, Oprah Winfrey's media conglomerate". I'd like to think an office underling is still sniggering about their practical joke but it's probably just some whiners "but it passed spell check!" unfortunate caption error - to use Tim's professional terminology.

Posted by: Softly at February 14, 2004 at 09:47 AM

In my school yard, the one making the claim always bore the burden of proof. Any of the minions with the Democratic National Committee who claim that GW didn't finish his tour of duty with the Guard need to produce the evidence, not the other way around.

But then this approach might take root in the American legal system and those who have been indicted might have to prove their innocence...

Posted by: zzx375 at February 14, 2004 at 11:03 AM

It's instructive to note the amount of coverage that GWB's Guard service is receiving, compared to the coverage that Juanita Brodderick's very credible claims that Bill Clinton viciously raped her received.

Posted by: DaveG at February 14, 2004 at 11:44 AM

Personally, I liked the guy who couldn't afford health insurance because he was going on a snowboarding trip. I suppose if he managed to mangle himself all of us taxpayers would have to fit the bill, one way or another.

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at February 14, 2004 at 12:40 PM

Hey, lay off Kerry,
I loved him in 'Car 54 Where Are You'.
And his performance as Herman in The Munsters should have won a Nobel Prize!

I loved him best as Lurch in The Addams Family.

I'll admit it, when he comes up to the podium "on the stump" after 350 people announce one after the other and here's the next President of the United States and delivers his "signature" line, You rang?, my eyes tear over.

Posted by: Timothy Lang at February 14, 2004 at 01:54 PM

You are dead wrong Tim. I never endorsed Kerry. I was merely showing people what I would sound like IF I endorsed him. But I didn't okay? That's "IF" Tim. Dead. Wrong.

This is my last post on the subject.

The absolute last.


Where are my pills?

Posted by: Chris S at February 14, 2004 at 07:46 PM