All they had to do was ask me. I could have told Kerry this was going to ruin him. Instead he waited for the mainstream press to destroy the Swiftboat Veterans For Truth, an effort that would have been successful in years past, but no longer. Not with all the weblogs flogging the story and with the likes of Dan Rather having to dream news up in order to try to make President Bush look bad.
Kerry Campaign Head Admits Miscalculations
By STEVE LeBLANC Associated Press Writer
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- The campaign manager for Sen. John Kerry's failed presidential bid said Wednesday she regrets underestimating the impact of an attack advertisement that questioned Kerry's Vietnam War record.
Mary Beth Cahill, who spoke at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government with Ken Mehlman, President Bush's campaign manager, said the Massachusetts senator's campaign initially thought there would be "no reach" to the ad from Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
Instead, the ad, which initially aired in just three states, became a central issue of the campaign, eventually forcing Kerry to personally deny the group's allegations that he did not deserve his combat medals.
"This is the best $40,000 investment made by any political group, but it was only because of the news coverage that it got where it did," she said.
"In hindsight, maybe we should have put Senator Kerry out earlier, perhaps we could have cut it off earlier." (link)
And you know why the story was so devastating? Because everything the vets were saying appears to have been true.