I have friends who are Republicans and support Bush. For the most part, they're bright people who don't follow the news that closely, but have one pet issue. Usually, it's taxes.
If I was a Bush supporter, I would be ashamed. The attacks being run against Kerry are disgraceful and Bush and his spokesman remain silent. It's pathetic. And let's not act like it's not being done on Bush's behalf. The guy who's funding the Swift Veterans was a huge supporter of Bush in Texas.
If the media had any balls, they would turn this against Bush and these dirtbags, but it ain't gonna happen. Again, it's the disgrace of the 24-hour news cycle that these faux journalists need something to talk about.
Kerry is going to have to turn it against Bush himself. Here's how he can do it. During the debates, turn to Bush and say:
"You've often said we should honor our veterans. I'm a veteran. I served. You have been repeatedly asked to denounce attacks against me that are sponsored by a donor of yours. You refuse to do so. In 2000, your people smeared John McCain, his military service, and even his wife and child. As usual, you had others do the dirty work for you. This same brand of disgraceful politics was used against Max Cleland, a veteran who lost three limbs in service for his country. This stops now. Let's compare our military records. Let's look at Dick Cheney's record, with five deferments so he wouldn't have to go to Vietnam. Your refusal to condemn this kind of politics against our veterans says everything about your character. And believe me, what is says is none too flattering."