John McCain has done John Kerry a huge favor by helping him to fend off the Swifties. In fact, McCain’s endorsement of Kerry, based in part on what McCain has characterized as their friendship, has been by far Kerry’s best defense against the vets.
Now Kerry has repaid McCain by accusing him of being a liar. A reader has pointed out to us (and a number of other bloggers) that Kerry’s website is carrying a press release titled: “The 2004 GOP Convention: Four Days Filled With Lies, Mischaracterizations, Distortions, And Half-Truths.” No fewer than four of the lies and mischaracterizations were in McCain’s speech.
Talk about a gang that can’t shoot straight. The last thing John Kerry should do is annoy McCain. If McCain turns on him, he’s in real trouble.
Ironically, in addition to being counterproductive as it relates to McCain, the Kerry press release is completely ineffective. All it does is quote a long list of statements from speeches at the GOP convention with which Kerry disagrees, with no attempt at response or refutation. So there is nothing gained to balance out the risk of alienating McCain.
UPDATE: A reader tells us that the “GOP Lies” page is now gone from John Kerry’s website. Maybe someone in the Kerry campaign is reading Power Line and figured out it wasn’t a good idea to insult McCain.
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