Friday, September 10, 2004

Three-Prong Attack On Bush Collapses

The NBC Today show is scheduled to feature Kitty Kelley's new Bush hit piece on three consecutive mornings starting on Monday. Kelley's reputation precedes her. She once claimed that Frank Sinatra and Nancy Reagan did the bad thing in the Oval Office. In her new book she accuses the current First Lady, Laura Bush, of using and selling drugs in her younger days. Only a rabid, foaming-at-the-mouth liberal could possibly believe that.
Why would NBC give this woman even one day- let alone three- to plug her latest garbage? We all know the answer to that one, don't we?
Fortunately, NBC may have second thoughts. Kelley's biggest "bombshell" is that George W. Bush used cocaine at Camp David while his father was president. Kelley claims she got this nugget from Bush's former sister-in-law, Sharon Bush. Yesterday, Mrs. Bush flatly denied telling this story to Kelley, or anyone else.
The other two prongs involve Dan Rather, Ben Barnes and a couple of "damaging" memos that just happened to fall into Rather's lap. Ben Barnes is a former Texas Lieutenant-Governor, who now claims he helped Bush get into the Texas National Guard (TNG). What Rather failed to mention is that Barnes is a big Kerry fund-raiser, a personal friend and neighbor of Kerry's, and previously, Barnes swore under oath that he had nothing to do with getting Bush into the TNG.
As you probably know by now, the supposedly damaging documents are forgeries; and very amateurish forgeries at that.
The most baffling thing about this three-pronged attack is how utterly inept it has been. Kitty Kelley! Cut me some slack! Are we expected to take this wretched woman seriously? And what about CBS News? Do they really believe Ben Barnes is credible? Back in the 1960's, Barnes was considered a rising star in Texas politics; a future president, perhaps. But by the early 1970's his career was over... because he was corrupt.
And finally, the forged documents. They are such obvious forgeries, I don't understand why the hot shot investigative reporters at CBS News could be taken in by them. Perhaps they weren't; perhaps they still don't understand the power of bloggers such as Powerline, who made short work of exposing these documents. A few years ago, CBS may have pulled this off.
It had occurred to me yesterday that the Bush campaign may have produced these forged documents in order to flush out the LMM (Liberal Mainstream Media). Today I've changed my mind. There was no percentage in it. Why would the Bush campaign take a chance that Dan Rather's obvious bias would get the better of him? Too risky. By the way, don't be surprised if CBS News internal investigation concludes that they've been had... by Karl Rove; whether it's true or not.
I have a feeling this three-pronged attack was supposed to be launched in late October, but the LMM panicked because of the Kerry campaign meltdown. The LMM decided to unload six or seven weeks early, with disastrous consequences.
Finally, I think it's time for Dan Rather to go. His 60 Minutes show is simply an extension of the Kerry campaign. What little remained of his credibility has been destroyed. Rather is 72 now and becoming more outrageous the older he gets. The CBS top brass should find the courage to show him the door.

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