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Saturday, August 28, 2004

Another Attempt To Slime Bush Service Misses The Mark

Former Texas lieutenant governor Ben Barnes has said he regrets using his influence to get George W. Bush (and other sons of prominent families and campaign donors) into the Texas Air National Guard. Lefties will cry that this shows Bush's service was illegitimate -- but they are wrong. In fact, the video of the senior Democrat actually discredits the man himself, as well as the Kerry campaign he is closely associated with here in Texas. And it also shows that there was no intervention by former president George H. W. Bush, then a congressman, to get Dubya into the unit. Notice what he says about who he helped.
"I became more ashamed of myself than I've ever been because the worst thing I did was get a lot of wealthy supporters and a lot of people who had family names of importance into the Guard and I'm very sorry about that and I apologize to you and the voters of Texas," Barnes said.

In other words, he helped folks from both sides of the political aisle -- and he makes no effort to implicate the former president in his accusation, as he would assuredly have done if the senior Bush had requested a favor. This was how he acted as a matter of course when he became aware of a member of a prominent family seeking to get into the Guard.

But there is also an admission of his own corruption as a public official, and the rot that infected 9and still infects) the Democrats today.
"I got a lot of other people in the National Guard because I thought that's what people should do when you're in office: You help a lot of rich people," Barnes said.

But hold it, sir, I thought that the Democrats were the party of the little people. You mean that it isn't -- that it is really the party of the wealthy special interests? Or was it simply you who is personally corrupt?

And is your corruption and bias towards the rich why you are a key Kerry supporter in Texas, and a major fundraiser for him?


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