Not Knowing Your Running Mate's Nasty Past, Priceless
Newsweek has an exhaustive look inside the Kerry campaign. What a mess. The highlight so far is the passage about John Edwards reaction when he learned some of the Swift Boat Veterans charges were TRUE.
Hair Brush: $4
Running for President after only 4 years in the Senate: $25 million
Not knowing your running mate met with the Communist enemy during the Vietnam War: Priceless.
Stephanie Cutter, the boss of the Kerry communications shop, explained that the campaign didn't need to give the Swift Boat vets any more attention than they were already getting.
Edwards played along, but his aides were indignant. They warned the veep candidate that the story was already out of control and about to get worse. Historian Douglas Brinkley, author of a wartime biography of Kerry, cautioned that Kerry's diary included mention of a meeting with some North Vietnamese terrorists in Paris. Edwards was flabbergasted. "Let me get this straight," the senator said. "He met with terrorists? Oh, that's good."