Brummett defends Wesley Clark’s remark that John McCain’s military service is not necessarily a qualification for the presidency. I couldn’t agree more. But the daily letters to the editor and the McCain campaign rhetoric suggest truth is no defense.

Remember 2004: The country elected an AWOL country club layabout in part thanks to an attack on the patriotism of a decorated Vietnam combat veteran.

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TIMELY: A remembrance of the Swift Boat hoax.