Candidate to Be ‘Swift Boated’ Monday

Candidate to Be Joe Gandelman reports on an email that he, myself, and presumably several others have gotten, twice, in recent days promising a shocking revelation against some unknown candidate to be revealed Monday, on the eve of the New Hampshire primary.

I received the first email with the subject line “Right for your Blog?” on Monday and a second, entitled “Major Presidential Candidate to be Exposed Monday,” today. The text of both are essentially the same:

Four years ago, “swift boating” became a new term in the Presidential campaign lexicon, when John Kerry’s candidacy was torpedoed by widely-disputed accusations from men who’d served in Vietnam with the candidate.

For Kerry in 2004, this Swift Boating was an action based on “iffy” information — but for one leading 2008 presidential candidate, this experience is about to be repeated prior to the New Hampshire primary — but this time with rock-solid, well-sourced and absolutely accurate information.

One of this year’s leading candidates will be “Swift-Boated” in a new book to be announced next Monday, January 7th at 1:30 p.m. in the Murrow Room at the National Press Club in Washington.

One candidate is about to be challenged — with hard and cold facts, presented cogently by an author and former political activist and decorated military veteran who shares this candidate’s party affiliation — and who has known the candidate personally since their college days.

Next Monday, the truth will be revealed when a book that literally gives “chapter and verse” about this candidate’s less-than-candid candor with the American people will tear aside the curtain, just as Toto exposed the Wizard of Oz.

This book is supported by 10 pages of meticulously-researched end-notes supporting every factual assertion about the candidate’s failure to shoot straight with the American people, and this breach-of-faith’s implications for the Presidency.

If you’re serious about covering the 2008 Presidential campaign, you won’t want to miss this announcement — and you will want to meet the author.

Both messages were on behalf of an outfit called “Revelation Press” which I Google’d and found bupkis about.

I emailed Monday seeking to elicit more information, noting that “I tend not to go cover events involving unnamed authors touting unspecified rumors about unnamed candidates in books by publishers without a reputation.” I was informed that, “Obviously, we can’t tell you more at this point — not without inviting in-advance (and ill-informed) criticism — but if you’re serious about covering the 2008 Presidential campaign, you won’t want to miss this announcement — and you will want to meet the author.”

I’ve decided to take my chances and skip the event. In the highly unlikely event it turns out to be something substantive, I’ll investigate further.

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  1. yetanotherjohn says:

    I think you are making the right call in skipping the event. If you reward the PR weasels, they just multiply.

  2. John says:

    I too think you are making the right call. As much as the candidates have been investigated already I doubt this is anything really important. This is probably someone trying to hawk a book. If it is important, well, so be it.

  3. B. Minich says:

    First off, I think you made the right call.

    Secondly, that’s an AWESOME graphic that you found to go along with the story.

  4. laura says:

    The Swiftboat liars didn’t serve with Kerry. A couple of them were on the same boat, but not at the same time. Their false claim to acquaintance is one of their lies.

    I point this out because this entity who claims to be about to Swiftboat someone, also claims to be respectful of facts.

    And got a significant fact wrong already.

  5. Christopher says:

    Is this a children’s book thats being released?

    And Laura, calm down girl! 2004 is over! Bush won! Thank God!

  6. Uncle Pinky says:

    I’ve decided to take my chances and skip the event

    That’s a rock solid call. It has a sort of “9-11 CAUSED BY V1@GR@!!!1!!” feel to it.

    laura, I’m still waiting on that there 180 and the old libel and slander lawsuits. What, no suits? Hmmm. Perplexing, especially after his big dossier announcement. Oh, he waited until his time expired before compiling and announcing said dossier? Sounds perfectly reasonable for a man who cares so much about his good name. In light of John’s periods of silence followed by bursts of obfuscation, I’ve really decided that I don’t much care anymore. He’s a spent round anyway.

  7. floyd says:

    B Minich;
    I agree! I saved the graphic for future use!

  8. Tano says:

    I ran across a website once of a bunch of people who consider McCain to be somwhat akin to a traitor, responsible for the loss of several / many of his fellow pilots, a terrible pilot himself who just got his gig because his father was an admiral, and who greatly exaggerated the conditions of his imprisonment, or some such stuff like that. They seem to have that same hatred and glint in the eye as the SwiftBoatLiars did.

  9. vnjagvet says:


    I can’t let you have the last word on this one. The Swift Boat complaint about Kerry about what he did after his return from RVN, and the one that resonated with other VN vets like me concerned his anti-war activities with Winter Soldier and his Senate testimony in their support.

    Reminding the American public of those activities was a public service, and certainly was not inaccurate in any respect.

  10. Tano says:


    No one ever accused the SBLs of being liars because they objected to Kerry’s testimony or other activities after his return. Everyone understood their right to express their opinions on those matters. The lying charge is focussed on the many false charges they made about every aspect of his service in theatre.

    They were not content to express their opinions – they purposly set out to smear the man with any rhetorical bludgeon they could find. And thus have become the paradigm example of dishonest political hackery for our time.

  11. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    Well, Kerry didn’t spend Christmas in Cambodia. I don’t know all the claims he made, but fact is he still has not released his navy records. If you were not there STFU and listen to those who were. Calling honorable men liars is something lefties do easily because they have no honor.

  12. RM says:

    Didn’t T Boone Pickens offer $1M or some other large amount for anyone who could prove the Swift Boaters’ claims were false? Have there been any takers?

  13. graywolf says:

    Was Kerry in Cambodia on Christmas eve 1969, as “seared” into his memory?
    Did Kerry earn a Purple Heart as a result of enemy action?
    Did Kerry travel to Paris and meet with RVN diplomats, while his country was fighting the RVN?
    Did Kerry allege before the US Senate that US troops in Vietnam were guilty of a wave of war crimes?

    Its amazing how many people (empty suits?) still defend and support this transparent dishonest empty suit.

  14. Tano says:

    Kerry himself has stated that he will take up Picken’s challange. Heard that a month or so ago, – dont know in what way he will present his case. Also heard that Pickens was trying to weasal out of it…

  15. HowAboutARealityCheck says:

    Yeah it wasn’t that long ago we were supposed to be teated to some juicy story about a Dem that the LA Times was said to be sitting on and having hand wringing moments as to if they should publish.

    Would be interesting to have the full headers of this email to see where it loops back to for it’s real origin, but has all the smell of a dirty trick or a simple diversion.

  16. Doug says:

    Did Kerry ever release his Military records?????????

    Uh, that would be NO.

  17. Kent says:

    Oh, c’mon, James. Joe Carter, in his rambling essay on what he learned working for the Huckabee campaign, has as much as told us that the target will be Romney, which leaves little doubt who the source will be.

    I predict the most serious charge in this coprography will boil down to “campaigning while Mormon.” Which seems to be all a lot of people need to hear.