What's wrong with the Kerry campaign? And what does it mean if he wins?
This, to me, isn't the story. Every political contest sees each campaign attacking the other. This has been going on since Jefferson ran for office, so big deal. Each campaign also tries to get the press to sling the mud for them with careful leaks and planted stories.
Here's what bothers me: Why is the WaPo having to use FOIA to dig these documents out? Why wasn't a package with these, and all other relevant documents already researched by Kerry's campaign and ready to be handed to the general media out two hours after the initial claims were made? It's not like anything here was new. John Kerry could have been hit with any of this during the past twenty years. Why didn't his campaign prepare for it, and what does that say about the people that will presumably be making up a Kerry Administration? What are they going to do when, in October, claims – and video – of his Vietnam Veterans Against the War speeches and activities are probably going to be broadcast by the Bush campaign and assorted PACs?
Think about it. I have. His handlers and spokesmen are reduced to fits of incoherence when confronted by the claims made about his service. What are they going to do when they have to deal with an issue that they haven't had forever and a day to prep for?