Kerry finally sinks the Swift Boaters

By Laurie Bennett

January 30, 2013 at 5:34am

Long after the Swift Boaters helped torpedo his bid for the presidency in 2004, John Kerry was answering their claims.

As the New York Times noted in 2006, Kerry was still presenting evidence to refute the Republican-funded group’s charges that he had lied about his military service.

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth also continued its battle after the 2004 election, paying consultants and supporting a group that sued Kerry.

John F. Kerry
John F. Kerry

The Swift Boat organization finally went out of business in 2008, with many of its big-pocketed donors switching their attentions to John McCain’s presidential run that year and Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2012.

On Tuesday, his opponents received their final answer, when the Senate confirmed Kerry’s nomination to be the next secretary of State.

Many of the bankrollers of the Swift Boat campaign, meanwhile, stand firmly outside the Washington power structure, having poured millions of dollars into Romney’s failed efforts.

It’s no small irony the Swift Boat attacks have helped prepare Kerry for the many scoundrels he’ll be dealing with as America’s top diplomat.

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