Wealthy Dems Plan $40M Hit Job on McCain

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David Brock, Dems plan $40M hit on McCain
By BEN SMITH | 4/10/08 4:49 AM EST Text Size:

Wealthy Democrats are preparing a four-month, $40 million media campaign centered on attacks on Sen. John McCain. And it will be led by David Brock, the former investigative reporter who first gained fame in the 1990s as a right-wing, anti-Clinton journalist.

The planned campaign is the product of a shakeup in the top ranks of the struggling independent Democratic groups. Brock, now best known as the ex-conservative founder of the liberal group Media Matters, last month quietly assumed the chairmanship of what's expected to be the main vehicle for independent Democratic attacks on McCain, now called Progressive Media USA.

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God Bless them. Free speech, even if it costs $40 million, is a blessing(whether you agree with the speaker or not).
 

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Maybe with the $40 million they can find that plan they keep talking about...
 

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What's good for the goose, etc.......

swiftboat comes to mind...........
 

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Not quite Chuam; the Swift Boat vets were guys that had "been there , done that"..not a simpering, whimpering bunch of toadies bought and paid for by a billionaire foreigner that would like to convert the US into a model opf the most depraved parts of Europe.
.. But even foreigners have free speech here..at least unless or until the socialists/Marxists gain control.
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (chuckslayer @ Apr 10 2008, 06:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
Not quite Chuam; the Swift Boat vets were guys that had "been there , done that"..not a simpering, whimpering bunch of toadies bought and paid for by a billionaire foreigner that would like to convert the US into a model opf the most depraved parts of Europe.
.. But even foreigners have free speech here..at least unless or until the socialists/Marxists gain control.[/b]
If you think the org. was just run by the guys he fought with you should check it out more carefully. The initial funding came mainly from a Houston home builder, Bob J. Perry, who has also given millions to the Republican party and Republican candidates, mostly in Texas, including President Bush and Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay, whose district is near Houston.

Elliott, who had been Kerry's commanding officer, was quoted by the Boston Globe Aug 6 as saying he had made a "terrible mistake" in signing the affidavit against Kerry, in which Elliott suggested Kerry hadn't told him the truth about how he killed the enemy soldier. What Elliott said in the ad is that Kerry "has not been honest about what happened in Viet Nam." In his original affidavit Elliott said Kerry had not been "forthright" in Vietnam. The only example he offered of Kerry not being "honest" or "forthright" was this: "For example, in connection with his Silver Star, I was never informed that he had simply shot a wounded, fleeing Viet Cong in the back.

The most serious allegation in the ad is that Kerry received both the Bronze Star, his second-highest decoration, and his third purple heart, which allowed him to be sent home early, under false pretenses. But that account is flatly contradicted by Jim Rassmann, the former Army Lieutenant whom Kerry rescued that day.

None of those in the attack ad by the Swift Boat group actually served on Kerry's boat. And their statements are contrary to the accounts of Kerry and those who served under him.

Jim Rassmann was the Army Special Forces lieutenant whom Kerry plucked from the water. Rassmann has said all along that he was under sniper fire from both banks of the river when Kerry, wounded, helped him aboard. Rassmann is featured in an earlier Kerry ad, in fact, (see script at left) saying "he (Kerry) risked his life to save mine."

On Aug. 10, Rassmann wrote a vivid account of the rescue in the Wall Street Journal that contradicts the Kerry accusers. Rassmann said that after the first explosion that disabled PCF-3:

Rassmann: Machine-gun fire erupted from both banks of the river and a second explosion followed moments later. The second blast blew me off John's swift boat, PCF-94, throwing me into the river. Fearing that the other boats would run me over, I swam to the bottom of the river and stayed there as long as I could hold my breath.

When I surfaced, all the swift boats had left, and I was alone taking fire from both banks. To avoid the incoming fire I repeatedly swam under water as long as I could hold my breath, attempting to make it to the north bank of the river. I thought I would die right there. The odds were against me avoiding the incoming fire and, even if I made it out of the river, I thought I thought I'd be captured and executed. Kerry must have seen me in the water and directed his driver, Del Sandusky, to turn the boat around. Kerry's boat ran up to me in the water, bow on, and I was able to climb up a cargo net to the lip of the deck. But, because I was nearly upside down, I couldn't make it over the edge of the deck. This left me hanging out in the open, a perfect target. John, already wounded by the explosion that threw me off his boat, came out onto the bow, exposing himself to the fire directed at us from the jungle, and pulled me aboard.

Rassmann said he recommended Kerry for the Silver Star for that action, and learned only later that the Bronze Star had been awarded instead. "To this day I still believe he deserved the Silver Star for his courage," he wrote. Rassmann described himself as a retired lieutenant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "I am a Republican, and for more than 30 years I have largely voted for Republicans," Rassmann said. But he said Kerry "will be a great commander in chief."

McCain : I think the ad is dishonest and dishonorable. As it is none of these individuals served on the boat (Kerry) commanded. Many of his crewmates have testified to his courage under fire. I think John Kerry served honorably in Vietnam.






Why not do a search of Richard M. Scaife.
 

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Wait until they start hammering Obama on his global tax bill that he not only supports, but sponsored. Basically, allowing the United Nations to tax US citizens.
 

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The old argument against the space program comes to mind to me here. "We're wasting all that money in space!" Sounds like me they're going to waste "all that money" down a rat hole...by both sides...
 

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I think the overarching point is that it is apparent that the Democrat Party is the Party of the wealthy. They have billionaires paying off the Clintons, billionaires opening PACs to slam President Bush and now they have more billionaires slamming John McCain. Don't get me wrong...I am all for them spending their money. They can spend $40M slamming John McCain if they want to. It did nothing for Billionaire George Soros. Spend it all for all I care. BUT they are going to be hard pressed to call the Republican Party the Party of the rich from now on...it all just reaks of their typical hypocrisy.

Since you brought up the Swift Boat Vets, they did not spend $40M, yet their message stuck...hmmm, could there possibly been some truth there? What are they going to do say McCain faked his stay at the Hanoi Hilton?
 

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"I think the overarching point is that it is apparent that the Democrat Party is the Party of the wealthy. They have billionaires paying off the Clintons, billionaires opening PACs to slam President Bush and now they have more billionaires slamming John McCain. Don't get me wrong...I am all for them spending their money. They can spend $40M slamming John McCain if they want to. It did nothing for Billionaire George Soros. Spend it all for all I care. BUT they are going to be hard pressed to call the Republican Party the Party of the rich from now on...it all just reaks of their typical hypocrisy. "
Very well put.
The hypocrisy stinks to high heaven, the dems are the party of redistribution of wealth and socialism ,yet want to tax us more to achieve thier socialist goals. They rarely if ever come out and put their own money where their mouths are...
 

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