Props to Atrios, whose guilt by association smear of the SwiftVets seems to have caught on with the Kerry campaign and the mainstream press.
Duncan "Not Sirius" Black spent some time with chat board archives, and concluded that John Corsi, co-author of "Unfit for Command", is a "moronic brownshirt moronic f***". Oops, wrong link, my bad! People do say the darndest things on the internet, though, don't they?
Anyway, this particular "rebuttal" made it to the Kerry campaign, and on to the AP. The "guilt by association" bit is here:
"It says something about the smear campaign against John Kerry that it has stooped to enlist a hatemonger," said campaign spokesman Chad Clanton.
I'm not sure what it says - that all the Swiftees are racist hate-mongerers? That they don't research Free Republic chat boards before taking a guy on as a co-author? Help me, Chad!
Strangely missing from the Atrios piece, and the comment from the Kerry spokesperson, and the AP story, is the somewhat ritualistic "we honor his service" tribute to the fact that John Corsi, like John Kerry, got shot at defending his country. OK, folks (including myself) have slacked off putting that disclaimer in every piece about Kerry, but this is the first time Corsi has made the news. Atrios we understand, but is this really the way the AP wants to introduce John Corsi to America? What is the AP thinking about? (Don't answer that!)
And if the press has this much free time, we encourage them to ask Chad and his friends to deliver the military records Kerry promised last April. What does it say about Kerry and his campaign that they have lied about this (Hint: a good guess would be "sometimes they lie").
The AP could even look into these other points, if the afternoon is dragging and time hangs heavy.