April 20, 2004
Reciprocity—The flip side

Glenn Reynolds links to a piece that notes that John Kerry is still refusing to release his military records, an action for which Bush was relentlessly dragged over the coals. One of his readers says that Kerry is using the "rope-a-dope" strategy, noting that it worked for Bush.

I disagree. Even though there was absolutely nothing in the records, Bush is still being smeared as being "AWOL", mostly from twits who never served a single day in any military outfit (Michael Moore, anyone?) and disparage those who have. At least the major media have dropped the subject for the most part.

In keeping with the left's obsession with full disclosure, conservatives should demand Kerry release his record, daily, and then shift the terms of the debate should nothing turn up in the records. Maybe enough noise will create a media firestorm like the one that consumed the Bush campaign earlier this year. What's good for the goose is good for the gander, and we ought to take a gander at the records that Kerry wants to keep hidden.

UPDATE: Kerry has released all the records. We'll see what happpens.

posted on April 20, 2004 04:46 PM


"In keeping with the left's obsession with full disclosure...."

I'm relieved to learn that that whole "Whitewater" thing never happened, given the revelations as to how it threatened our nation.

I regret the whole thing about a President being impeached over technical wording about a blow-job. It would be obsessive to think someone's words -- the President's words -- should be examined closely.

Who would do that?

posted by Gary Farber on April 20, 2004 11:09 PM

What does Whitewater have to do with the unsupportable allegations that Bush was AWOL? In the case of Clinton, he lied (under oath) about his conduct with a subordinate, while on trial for a sexual harassment charge; Bush never lied, nor did he deny that he stopped flying well before his time obligation was fulfilled.

The double standard (on Clinton vs. Bush) is played out over and over again. Allegations that Clinton used drugs? One or two mentions on the news? Allegations that Bush used cocaine? Weeks in the network news cycle. Allegations of Clinton's draft dodging? 10 stories during the whole 1992 campaign, whereas there were 25 stories in 16 days this February on Bush's service. Roger Clinton's wild life was mentioned briefly, while Bush's daughters' escapades received plenty of coverage.

posted by timekeeper on April 21, 2004 12:07 PM

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