Ms. Galt asks some interesting questions:
But leave off the lambasting -- let's talk motives. Because even more
staggering than the fact that CBS aired these, is that some drooling incompetent
produced them. I mean, how the hell hard would it be to buy a used IBM Selectric
and type out some memos?
In fact, it seems to me that the "Republicans did this to get Kerry" is
almost the best explanation here. The memos are sorta-kinda believable, but
there are enough faults left in to totally and completely discredit them. What
better way to hurt the credibility of everyone hurling charges at Bush, than to
let a nice big fat juicy scandal blow up in the faces of those pushing it? Now
the next time charges are levelled, some proportion of the population will
remember that there are people willing to make up big, stupid lies in order to
drag him down.
On the other hand, no one ever went broke overestimating the stupidity
of the general public. Why not give it a try? If it's good enough to fool Dan
Rather, maybe it'll go over with the American people too.
This will hurt Kerry a little, more I think, because attack ads will
get less cred than because people will blame him. That's not fair. On the other
hand, the Democrats who eagerly stepped forward to make political hay out of
this can't really complain now that they've been baled.