Like an Onion gag, but real

Remember the self-proclaimed “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth”? You know, those guys who devoted a book to John Kerry’s alleged unfitness for command?

Well, they’re back, with an ad designed to bolster the current president’s* social security privatization plan. Welcome to what Josh Marshall is calling the anti-AARP slime crusade:


(Via Atrios, thanks to Mr. Maud.)

* In her forthcoming book, Assassination Vacation, Sarah Vowell explains her preference for this term:

That’s what I like to call him, “the current president.” I find it difficult to say or type his name, George W. Bush. I like to call him “the current president” because it’s a hopeful phrase, implying that his administration is only temporary.


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