Kerry to Dems: Fight back, damnit!

The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth group was Sen. John Kerry’s albatross in 2004. Now, the Democrat is warning his party about suffering the same fate in a fundraising letter.

In 2004, the Swift Boat group, backed by Texas businessman Bob Perry, made unsubstantiated allegations about Kerry’s Vietnam War heroism. The presidential nominee’s slow and uncertain response is blamed for helping doom his White House bid.

This year, Perry has donated $5 million to the Economic Freedom Fund, a newly created California group, that is running ads, sending out mailings and using automated phone calls to criticize Democratic candidates in Georgia, West Virginia, Iowa and Indiana.

Kerry urges Democrats to fight back in a letter seeking funds for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

"Their first attack ads against Democratic House candidates are already on the air. They hope they’ve caught you sleeping. We have to respond quickly and in force," Kerry writes in an e-mail sent to tens of thousands of Democrats.

Kerry was widely criticized for his slow response to the Swift Boat attacks.

"You get knocked down and you can either get mad or you can get tougher," said Kerry spokesman David Wade. "Our battle cry is ‘never again.’"

Since losing the White House in 2004, Kerry has raised more than $10 million for almost 200 candidates at the local, state and federal level, aides say. He is mentioned as a potential candidate in 2008.


Copyright 2006 Associated Press

Comments

  1. Ted

    Sometimes in life one must duel with skunks, but no one should be fool enough to allow the skunks to choose the weapons.
    ~~ Joe Cannon

  2. rbank

    There is no doubt in my mind that John Kerry won. Or for that matter that Al Gore won before him. The sadest part is while the republicans stole the election they had to trash the men who really won. JOhn Kerry could not fight to have the votes counted because if he did he would have suffered like Al GOre did. JOhn Kerry loved his country enough to fight for it and then come back and say the war was wrong. THat Took alot of courage. He had job experience. He is able to look at both sides of the issue. I wish he had trashed king george but I respect him because he didn’t. I was so appalled by the republicans in 2004. I don’t think people really listened to JOhn Kerry and I don’t think the media let his message come out. I remember the speechs that were cut off in midsentence meanwhile we had to listen to every poisoned filled words of king george and his uncle DICK> I really don’t think the media is allowing the democrates message to get out. Just like they made sure it didn’t get out in 2000 and 2004.

  3. thetruegod

    Agree with Comment No. 1. Kerry is in NO position to give advice to ANYone. He could have fought back in 2004, but — NO — it was important for him to be a “sensitive 90’s guy” and just do nothing. But it was (after all) the Democrats who chose HIM and REJECTED Gen. Wesley Clark, who could have won . . . Clark, it seemed, was WAY “too macho” for all those sensitive Democrats: Congratulations.

  4. ebbtide

    Fight back?!? Ya THINK??

    Normally, I’d say ‘better late than never’, but this is a little too late.

    Nupe. You’ll need George Soros’ money and an extremely well funded and longterm effort to turn back the Nazi Party.

  5. Donna Hughes

    Whatever else you may think about John Kerry and his accomplishments and motives for doing things, he hung his ass out there in Viet Nam to be shot at, instead of getting out of it or hiding under Daddy’s shadow like Bushy Boy.

    Apparently, as incredible as it seems, a lot of Americans couldn’t see just how they were being “played” by the dirty tactics of Team Bush.

    Remember how fed-up people SAID they were with negative political campaigns? So the Democrats did a civilized, positive program for their convention, and what happens immediately after? Bush/Rove release a Terror Alert. Of course it was something that Bush been sitting on for a while, waiting for just the right time.

    It’s appropriate that Rove is so good at these dirty tricks because he looks like something that might grow in the dark, out of rotting manure.