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The swiftboating of John Kerry


I'm temporarily away from the blog, so I thought I'd post one of my personal favorites from almost exactly four years ago (there were conventions going on then, too). As you may recall, an independent group calling itself "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth," began a campaign to destroy John Kerry's reputation as a war hero.

One has to view this strategy through a jaundiced prism today, as John McCain, war hero, uses the POW defense for virtually every difficult question posed to him. Not to take away from his sacrifice in the least, but does it really help the electorate in making an intelligent choice when he uses it as his default answer?

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My new name for George W Bush - Chance the Gardener.

Nah. Even Chance the Gardener was wiser than him.

The Swiftboat folks only exposed the fact that John Kerry is a lying fake. To this day Kerry still can't deliver the docs to support his silly stories. I was never uncomfortable acknowledging I had received Purple Hearts in Vietnam until that guy showed up. Don't shoot the messenger.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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