NYTimes: "The source said the Buffalo group 'feels that Kerry is in support of the U.S. government and is only using V.V.A.W. to further his political desires.'
Shocked, shocked. But in 1971 he made that bed, and now JFK does not want to sleep in it. Rather, he plainly wishes everyone alive in 1971 who remembers those days in general and VVAW in particular had amnesia. Sorry, no dice.
The interesting part of this story is that all this 1971 stuff was never an issue for the Dems or the MSM in the primary season. Why not? A lack of diversity, I believe. I bet almost all the Dem apparatchiks and campaign media WOULD have been in VVAW had they been vets. They were mostly active anti-war protesters, so Kerry's VVAW testimony before the US Senate was no big deal to them. This is SO not the case with the general electorate, that their former unconcern is now revealed to be a huge blind spot. Sorry, folks. Try DIVERSITY and TOLERANCE as remedies for this problem. If you can politely tolerate months of Al Sharpton and Dennis Kucinich blather, why not show the same courtesy to other Demo elements who might disagree with you about Iraq, Vietnam, welfare, or even abortion? Now is a bit late for the Demos to have found out that the electorate is finding that their baby is ugly. This ticket badly needs a transformation in the selection fo the running mate. Let's see...OK who ELSE could possibly qualify, since McCain has declined? There is only one person I can think of. I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that Kerry asks her.