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Thursday, August 26, 2004  

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August 26, 2004

Chaney Endorses Kerry [*]
No, that’s not a typo. Temple University basketball coach John Chaney is pulling for the Kerry-Edwards campaign according to a report at by Kevin Mulligan (“Owls’ Chaney Glad to Support Kerry’s Run”): “I hope and pray that Sen. Kerry just crushes this guy,” he boomed, “and I’ll do anything possible to help assure that it happens.” Welcome aboard, Mr. Chaney.

More On Bob Dole
If you were under the impression former Senator Bob Dole was or is anything other than a partisan hatchet man, his happy participation in the latest smear campaign against Sen. John F. Kerry should prove otherwise. Noel Koch, writing in today’s Washington Post, would both agree and disagree with that remark.

Koch’s remarkable op-ed piece, “When Bob Dole Said No,” puts the whole thing in perspective, and I mean historical perspective, taking the reader back 30 years to try to explain, or understand, how Dole ended up in the gutter today. Koch, special assistant to President Richard Nixon and an assistant secretary of defense under President Ronald Reagan, writes:

No one is better placed than Dole to know how arbitrary are the fortunes of war. It is not surprising to hear John Kerry’s wounds belittled by men who have avoided all risk of being wounded. . . . But it is surprising to hear Bob Dole doing it. Kerry not hospitalized for his wounds? Bob Dole was not hospitalized for his first Purple Heart either.

“It was just a scratch,” he later recalled. “I think one of our grenades hit a tree and bounced back.” He received a Bronze Star, but that came much later, and was a bureaucratic exercise having little to do with his service as a platoon leader in the extraordinary 10th Mountain Division on April 14, 1945, the day his war ended, in Italy. […]

Bob Dole spent little time in combat. But as a result of the time he did spend, he lay on his back for years, recovering, and helping others to recover. […]

It is hurtful that a man of Bob Dole’s stature should lend himself to the effort to dishonor a fellow American veteran in the service of politics at its cheapest.

There was a time when he would have refused. I know. I was there.

Meanwhile, Kerry campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill has sent a letter to her Republican counterpart, Ken Mehlman, asking for an explanation of the web of connections tying the Bush campaign and administration to the unhinged veterans’ group.

Fair Enough
The Republicans aren’t our only enemies: the “mainstream” media, with occasional exceptions, have done little to challenge the Bush administration’s dismal record of failure after failure, lie after lie. In response, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting and other groups have organized a March on the Media for Wednesday, September 1, beginning at 7:00 p.m., and to be launched from the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 52nd Street, New York, right in front of Black Rock.

Enron Killed Salmon for Money [*]
It appears Enron Corp., the once mighty Republican Party fund-raising machine and all-around criminal enterprise, was knowingly slaughtering salmon in the Pacific Northwest so “Kenny Boy” and the gang could make even more money out of the contrived California energy crisis of 2000-2001.

[* Note: Additional items may be posted to “Political Notes” after initial publication but only on the day of publication, excluding post-publication addenda. Such items, when posted, are designated by an asterisk.]

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