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Pulling a Swift One

Today's WaPo has wall-to-wall coverage of the Swift Boat Veterans smear of Kerry, and Bush's evasions on the subject. The two main arguments Bush partisans are offering in defense of the smear essentially boil down to: "So's your old man," and "You asked for it." The first, in a classic of bogus moral equivalency and apes-on-the-treadmill reasoning, claims that Democratic 527 ads criticizing Bush justify whatever lies Republicans choose to tell about Kerry. And the second, even worse, suggests that JK's focus on his Vietnam service during the Democratic Convention makes whatever lies Republicans choose to tell about Kerry relevant to the campaign. Josh Marshall offers the best analysis of the whole controversy, in a long series of posts dating back to last week. Josh is one of the calmest, most reasonable voices in the blogosphere, but his anger at the Bushies and their friends for resorting to this kind of tactic is incandescent.
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