The fallout over apparent attempts to smear GOP presidential contender John McCain has prompted comparisons with a similar dispute in Gov. George W. Bush's political past. In recent weeks, the Bush campaign has been accused of - and has denied - spreading rumors that Mr. McCain may be unstable as a result of being tortured while a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.Has Creepy Pete Roskam now borrowed the "Smear the Vet" page from the playbook of Mr. Bush and Mr. Rove?
Several Senate Republicans, among them party leaders who favor Mr. Bush for president, have been identified in published reports as being responsible for privately pushing the allegations. Also, James B. Stockdale, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who ran as Ross Perot's running mate in 1992, said he got a call from a friend close to the Bush campaign soliciting comments on Mr. McCain's 'weakness.'
From Creepy Pete's website:
McCain "Unstable"... Duckworth "Unhinged"...
I'd dismiss it as a coincidence -- if Karl Rove weren't known for his "Attack Their Strengths" campaign strategy.
And the GOP have repeatedly executed Rove's plan as a "Slander Their Service" strategy against combat veterans -- first against John McCain, then against Max Cleland, then against John Kerry, and now against Major Tammy Duckworth.
The election season must be upon us, because Creepy Pete has launched his Swiftboats.