The Democrat’s "Operation Fortunate Son" that tries to dispute a 1978 campaign ad that stated that Bush was in the Air Force has now been refuted by a legitimate document that states he was enrolled in the Air Force for 120 days of flight training. If that weren’t enough bad news for the Democrats, the Air Force has also knocked down another Democratic smear attempt concerning a ribborn worn by Bush in a photo taken during his term in the Air National Guard.
The Democrats desperate smear attempts are completely failing to gain any ground. Unlike the Swift Boat Vets who managed to at the very least poke holes in Kerry’s Cambodia story, Bush’s story has always been consistant. He served in the Texas Air National Guard, and he completed his term of service before leaving to go to Harvard Business School. Unlike the Swift Boat Vet claims, the Bush smears had been investigated and found to be groundless as far back as 2000 when George magazine did a story on Bush’s ANG record.
Furthermore, Bush isn’t campaigning on his military record. If anything, he’s admitted that he is not proud of his past and that he did a lot of things he later regretted. He’s running on his record now and his plans for the future, unlike John Kerry who spent his convention flogging the ghosts of Vietnam.
Meanwhile, the reports from the Kerry campaign show that the problems of August have been magnified since the convention. Kerry has failed to find an issue that resonates with the American people, his attempts at economic populism are failing, and he’s pulling back from states he needs to win. With Kerry trailing in Ohio in nearly every poll despite Ohio’s weak economy, it’s clear something is very, very wrong with Kerry’s campaign. The attempts to attack Bush’s record are blowing up in his face, and they’ve sapped any chance Kerry would have to use the Swift Boat allegations to his advantage. Instead we’re getting a campaign that can’t find a message and seems to want to embrace the losing strategies of Howard Dean in a last-minute rush to sow up Kerry’s base.
I have been saying this election would be down to the wire since the beginning. If things keep up like this, that prediction may have to change. Kerry is slowly handing Bush an electoral blowout, and with states like New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin now within striking range for Bush and states like Ohio and Florida become redder and redder, the Kerry campaign’s ineptitude is shockingly like a certain other Massachusetts liberal who was steamrolled by a member of the Bush family.