Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Remember When...

The White House has refused to condemn the actions and ad campaign of the Swift Boat Liars. How things have changed. From TAPPED:

[From] George H.W. Bush and Floyd Brown's "Bill Clinton Fact Line" in 1992 (from the Washington Post, July 15, 1992):

The Bush reelection campaign today filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Floyd Brown, a conservative activist who produced the infamous Willie Horton ad in 1988 and recently has been digging for dirt about Bill Clinton.

Speaking in San Diego after a meeting with Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, Bush said, "We will do whatever we can to stop any filthy campaign tactics," and "we will do whatever we can ... to see that [Brown] does not use my name for these nefarious purposes."

The 364 contributors listed on Brown's FEC reports have received letters from the Bush campaign informing them that Brown's "Citizens for Bush" is not affiliated with Bush/Quayle '92, according to a statement by White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater. The same message -- and encouragement not to contribute to Brown's effort -- also went to 85,697 "major contributors" over the signature of the president's son, George W. Bush. (Emphasis added.)