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Jai4WKC08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-05 08:30 PM
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106. I wish I could be so optimistic
I really really want to believe that people will begin to tire of the slander and lies. I especially want to believe it as a Clarkie, because I know a "swiftboat" style attack will be launched at Wes Clark if he runs. I want to think that at least some significant portion of the voters will say to themselves, "Not THAT crap again."

But I know it would just be wishful thinking and my ONLY realistic hope lies in Clark's ability to slam back hard and fast, and define himself before the slander gets any traction. And if Clark doesn't run, or doesn't win the nomination, I hope whoever does will be just as capable.

Because people say they don't want to hear the sleaze, but they listen anyway. Or rather they listen just enough to hear the worst of it, or what gets repeated the most, and never look further to find out the facts.

I'm retired military. Lived with the military records system most of my adult life. I was totally amazed and a little bit horrified that so many people bought the swiftboater bullshit, when EVERY SINGLE BIT of Navy documentation showed that all the charges were lies.

How can people really think that the services just let people write their own citations, or accept falsified reports of combat actions? Oh, I'll grant that an occassional mistake gets thru. But a Silver Star, Bronze star and three Purple Hearts, all documented properly and all collaborated by eye-witness accounts of the combat? And all pertaining to a simple lieutenant with no relatives or friends planted within the Navy hierarchy, and who was himself too far physically removed from higher headquarters to have influenced the documentation process himself? It just doesn't make any logical sense at all.

Well, the answer is, people don't think at all. They just believe what they want to, are affected more by emotional tirades than documented facts, and figure where there's smoke there's fire. And the GOP is very very good at creating smoke.

Hillary Clinton is tough, that much I know. She can weather the attacks, but can she get out in front of them? Can she change the minds that are already made up, or at least influence the ones who have doubts deeply implanted by 15 years and many millions of dollars behind them? I'm just afraid, terrified actually, that it may already be too late.
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