Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"Swift-Boating" As a Bipartisan Trope

I was intrigued to find Ron Paul talking about "swift-boating" (in a fundraising letter last week for his son's Senate campaign) - apparently this staple of Democratic rhetorical push-back is no longer just a left-wing trope:


Dear Friend,

It looks like the establishment is really desperate to keep my son Rand out of the Senate. Dick Cheney, Rudy Giuliani and Rick Santorum were already backing his opponent. And, as you probably know, Senator Mitch McConnell joined the party this week and endorsed Rand's establishment-backed opponent Trey Grayson. Senator McConnell is now doing TV ads for Grayson statewide.

But it gets far, far worse than that. That's why I'm writing you this urgent email today.

They're trying to "Swift Boat" Rand...