Friday, August 13, 2004

Maybe it was part of the job description?

Watching Kerry's handlers try to get him out of the "Christmas in Cambodia" fabrication reminded me of his old pal from the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Al Hubbard, who famously appeared on Meet the Press with Kerry. Al was the Executive Director of the VVAW and claimed to be a decorated Air Force officer wounded in Vietnam. As David Skinner observed:
John Kerry seems to have had a way of eluding the bad odor that clings to his old associates. On "Meet the Press" in 1971, he appeared with VVAW member Al Hubbard, a veteran who was exposed around this time for lying about his rank and combat experience (he had seen no combat). While this confirmed suspicions about the dubious identities of many of the winter soldiers, it didn't keep Kerry from becoming famous. The young politician was able to have his cake and eat it, too, becoming the establishment, patriotic face of a radical, anti-patriotic movement. Quite a trick, really.
Even a slick trick only works for a while.