Kerry continues to be not-Dukakis. The following quote is from Ben Barnes, former Lieutenant Governor of Texas.
Let’s talk a minute about John Kerry and George Bush and I know them both. And I’m not name dropping to say I know ‘em both. I got a young man named George W. Bush in the National Guard when I was Lt. Gov. of Texas and I’m not necessarily proud of that. But I did it. And I got a lot of other people into the National Guard because I thought that was what people should do, when you’re in office you helped a lot of rich people. And I walked through the Vietnam Memorial the other day and I looked at the names of the people that died in Vietnam and I became more ashamed of myself than I have ever been because it was the worst thing that I did was that I helped a lot of wealthy supporters and a lot of people who had family names of importance get into the National Guard and I’m very sorry about that and I’m very ashamed and I apologize to you as voters of Texas.
The kicker? This clip is reportedly from a June 8th rally. Kerry’s been sitting on this until the Swift Boat Vets started smearing, because it’s most effective when it stands in contrast to Kerry’s service in Vietnam. Of course, Barnes is a Democrat, and thus partisan, but that hardly means he’s lying and it doesn’t mean this won’t be effective.
I just wrote a 2-piece article about the claims Ben Barnes is making
that he got Bush into the Air National Guard and now wants to
apologize for it (boo hoo), which is now receiving wide press
Ben Barnes is one of Kerry’s top 8 fundraisers, having raised over $500,000
Barnes is considered a “gatekeeper” for access to a potential Kerry
Barnes has a very shady past in Texas politics, and has been involved
in various fraudulent schemes.
Barnes says he did it when he was Lt. Governor, but he didn’t become
Lt. Gov until a year after Bush was already in the guard.
The video is being hosted by a blog site, one of whose bloggers was a
DNC accredited blogger
This story was well covered in 1999 and Bush addressed it then, but the very media that covered
it back then seem to have forgotten the details they previously printed.
Here are the stories
The Dirt on Ben Barnes Claims about Bush and the Air National Guard
The Dirt on Ben Barnes Claims about Bush and the Air National Guard (Part 2)