R. Emmett Tyrell looks at the stumbles of the Connecticut Democrat - I served in VietNam (in my dreams) - and connects the dots to John Kerry.
For years he has been fawned over by the Liberal press. Pari passu with the passage of time, he has gone from being a young man who sought five military deferments during the Vietnam War to claiming repeatedly and falsely that he actually served in the war. On the way to making those false claims he did indeed enlist in the Marine Reserve, but he never served in the war.
In 2008, the New York Times reports that he said in a speech, "We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam." At another point in 2008 the Times reports that he informed an audience that "I served during the Vietnam era," concluding that "I remember the taunts, the insults, sometimes even physical abuse." As recently as a few weeks ago he publicly recalled being spit upon when "we returned from Vietnam."