Wednesday, September 01, 2004

What's good for the goose might be good for the gander, might not
Ben Barnes is a Democrat in Texas who has been known in the past for bipartisanship. He also is apparently the guy who pulled the strings to get W into the Air National Guard instead of going to Vietnam. Contrary to Bush's statements that he just walked up and they happened to have a slot for a pilot, lots of folks were eager to get in and avoid service in the field of battle (not John Kerry).

Barnes is set to go public with his story on 60 Minutes, not this Sunday but the next, according to Slate (thanks, Deb). Of course this gives Rove and company plenty of time to mount a counter-offensive against Barnes before the story even gets out, and knowing our luck that will also be the week the general public finally decides they're through hearing about Vietnam and will take it out on whichever side of the aisle brings it up. So, I can't decide if this is good news or not, but I have sunk into deep pessimism, so my calibration is all off.

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