First, here’s a glowing review from The Sleuth of his needling of Sam Fox on Capitol Hill during his confirmation process for Ambassador to Belgium.
Kerry walked in at the tail end of the hearing, which was being chaired by 2008 contender Sen. Barack Obama(D-Ill.). Kerry explained that he didn’t intend “to play some kind of ‘gotcha’ game,” but he wanted to know as he looked into the eyes of a man who helped sink his presidential quest: How did the nominee feel about the level of “personal destruction” in politics these days?
Ironically, the chair of the committee, Barack Obama, had the Chicago Tribune work as an instrument of personal destruction when it sued to have Jack Ryan’s sealed divorce records opened and aired in public (even though both parents objected because it may hurt their children– but who cares about that when there’s a Republican to destroy!).
The Chicago Tribune, with the support of other mainstream media publications and news outlets, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles to have the sealed files unsealed. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert A. Schnider ruled that he would shield as much information as he could to protect the Ryans‘ son but that Jack Ryan’s political candidacy made the public’s right to know, “which may be embarrassing to him, which may be damaging to him and which may be damaging to the child,” more important than the well-being of the child.
Certainly seems like the practice of personal destruction is alive and well.
But don’t worry. Sam Fox had it coming, because the Swift Boat Vets were nothing but liars.
Zaladonis apparently said nothing about this incident to Douglas Brinkley when he was interviewed (repeatedly) for Brinkley’s book back in 2003. Zaladonis sailed on PCF-44, Kerry’s first boat, just a few days after the Purple Heart incident, yet he never mentioned to Brinkley his first encounter with Kerry, where Kerry had his first combat and earned his first medal. Does that make any sense at all?
Wonderful stuff, all that material “on the record”. Certainly seems to the be week or hypocrisy by Democrats.