Friday, August 06, 2004


Somehow in Drudge's breathless coverage of the anti-Kerry allegations by the "men who served with John Kerry" he has missed this story in today's Boston Globe in which a key figure recants his statement that Kerry ''lied about what occurred in Vietnam."

Instead Lieutenant Commander George Elliott tells the Globe that he had made a ''terrible mistake" in signing an affidavit that suggests Kerry did not deserve the Silver Star and that he still thinks Kerry deserved the Silver Star.

(BTW - "men who served who John Kerry" apparently means men who were also in Vietnam, but does not mean, as most people would infer, that these men served on the boats with Senator Kerry.)

As I mentioned yesterday, the negative coverage that this is getting from the press (See The Washington Post, "McCain Criticizes Ad Attacking Kerry on Vietnam Record") and the fact that McCain is now in the position of defending John Kerry, and attacking his critics, is bad for the White House. And now that the "allegations" seem to be falling apart, I predict that the White House will soon be disavowing these commercials in much clearer language than their mealy mouthed attempts so far.

[Update - Drudge has now posted a link to the story.]