Today President Bush denounced all the ads being aired by the “527” groups, including the Swift Veterans For the Truth, which he specified by name. (No, he didn’t — see below.) But apparently that wasn’t enough for John Edwards. According to Edwards, “The moment of truth came and went, and the president still couldn’t bring himself to do the right thing. Instead of hiding behind a front group, George Bush needs to take responsibility and demand that the ad come off the air.”
Actually, Edwards almost had it right. Bush was supposed to condemn the organization that has received a whopping 0.17% of all the money given to the 527 groups so far, and ignore all the rest — especially the 93.3% dedicated to slamming Bush.
It wasn’t a matter of Bush not going far enough for Edwards — it was that Bush went too far.
(Correction: Bush didn’t mention the Swifties “by name.” The reported mentioned them, and Bush said “that ad and every other ad.” He didn’t give the Kerry campaign a sound bite of his denouncing the Swifties by name, just referred to them indirectly. I apologize for my error.)