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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Bear catches goose complaining about gander's sauce

The Kerry camp has been straining hard to find evidence to support their claims that the Bush campaign is secretly directing the SwiftVets.  Today they pointed to the fact that the SwiftVets consulted a respected lawyer with expertise on the campaign finance laws, including section 527, who's also given legal advice at other times to Republicans.

Blogger N.Z. Bear aptly absolutely skewers the incredible hypocrisy of this charge — with ample names, dates, details, and links showing that the Dems have already done exactly that which they today blamed the Bush campaign for doing — after which he delivers this observation:

At this point, the Kerry campaign's belief that they can hold their opponents to one set of standards while blissfully ignoring the fact that their own partisans trample upon those same standards has passed being stupid, and is now becoming downright insulting. Did they really think that nobody would bother to check if the Democrats were similarly sharing lawyers with 527's?

That kind of carelessness might have cut it a few years ago, when somnolent Big Media hacks were satisfied to define reporting as getting quotes from both party's spokesmen. But times have changed, friends: there isn't just one new sheriff in town, there's thousands of us. We will fact-check your ass, and we will do it thoroughly and properly, with links and primary sources that let our readers decide where the truth lies. So straighten up and fly right, because we are watching — and we do this crap for fun.

As a lawyer, I've had many clients seek my legal advice.  The notion that I'm some sort of causal link to demonstrate connections between all the various clients who've sought my advice is simply silly — as is the rest of the Kerry campaign's FEC complaint.

Posted by Beldar at 10:15 PM in Law (2006 & earlier), Politics (2006 & earlier), SwiftVets | Permalink


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(1) recon made the following comment | Aug 24, 2004 10:40:50 PM | Permalink

Sheer lunacy.

The letter to the TV stations threatening them against showing the first SwiftVet ad is signed by Joseph Sandler, attorney of record for DNC. Other articles simultaneously identify Sandler speaking as attorney for MoveOn.Org.

And this is somehow different??

(2) Sue Bob made the following comment | Aug 24, 2004 10:42:44 PM | Permalink

The partisans in Old Media are absolutely brazen in their assumptions that we are all too stupid to recognize this for what it is. (I hope and pray that we are not.)

Alan Colmes on Hannity & Colmes brought this lawyer topic up tonight when interviewing John O'Neill. John O'Neill had so good a response that Colmes felt compelled to cut him off before O'Neill finished. Colmes becomes absolutely frantic when the topic of the Swiftees comes up.

(3) recon made the following comment | Aug 24, 2004 10:44:21 PM | Permalink

Federal Election Commission Chairman Defends Swift Boat Ads

Federal Election Commission Chairman Bradley Smith defended the right of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, an independent political group, to run commercials against Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, who complained to the commission about the ads.

Kerry, 60, a four-term Massachusetts senator, alleged last week that the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth illegally coordinated its activities with President George W. Bush's re-election campaign. Smith, a Republican, said members of the group are exercising their constitutional right to free speech.

``I think it's great we live in a country where 260 average guys can go out and put their point of view out there before the public and influence a major presidential race,'' Smith said in an interview with Bloomberg television. ``I am not one who agrees it is illegitimate for citizens to take a stand on these kind of issues and only the politicians should be able to say what they want about the issues they want to talk about.''

It is unlikely the FEC will rule on Kerry's complaint before the Nov. 2 election, Smith said.

(4) Birkel made the following comment | Aug 25, 2004 2:07:08 AM | Permalink

At some point I'm going to have to report all you *big, bad, mean* old bloggers for child abuse. Seriously, the only way to explain the actions of the MSM and the Kerry campaign is that no adults are "in the room."

Don't laugh. When Child Protective Services officers arrive at your door you're gonna be sorry.

LOL at the shills...

(5) The H-Bomb made the following comment | Aug 25, 2004 9:25:03 AM | Permalink

Sandler, Reiff, and Bauer brings the count to 3 against 1. Do the Dems really want to play this shared lawyer game?

(6) Gerald Campbell made the following comment | Aug 25, 2004 2:09:58 PM | Permalink

The Bush folk should stop allowing Kerry to call fowl and accuse him of "smear". They are allowing this to be said without rebuttal and that sounds as if Bush is actually doing; it. We need someone who is not afraid of a good street fight because thats is what the socialists are good at, they love the barricades.

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