Wednesday, August 25, 2004

The President's Gofer 

Okay, just one more Swift Boat item and we promise we'll stop. For an hour or two. Just to rest up: No doubt you already know about war hero and former Senator Max Cleland's visit to the ranch in Crawford, TX, where he and Jim Rassman hoped to deliver a letter from nine senators urging Bush to denounce the SBVT smear campaign. Josh Marshall has details on the intermediary sent out to fetch the letter by our Chickenshit-in-Chief, who was down on all fours peering through a slight crack in the blinds and struggling, with all the steely-eyed courage and determination he is noted for, not to befoul his drawers:
Cleland got stopped at the first roadblock.

He tried to give the letter to secret service officials guarding (giving the word rather a new meaning) the president. But the president got a political ally from Texas, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson -- who is also a vet -- to show up and offer to take the letter, if Cleland would take a letter from him in exchange.

Cleland told him never mind; he'd rather stick it in the mail.

That prompted Patterson to utter this pricelessly unlovely retort ...
"I tried to accept that letter and he would not give it to me," said Patterson. "He would not face me. He kept rolling away from me. He's quite mobile."
The "quite mobile" Max Cleland is, of course, a triple amputee.

And Reliable Jerry Patterson is, of course, the lucky recipient of $150,000 in campaign contributions from Bob Perry, the chief backer of the Swift Boat ads.

UPDATE: From Political Puzzle, courtesy of our esteemed colleague Shaula Evans at the excellent (if unpronounceable) blog Tsuredzuregusa:

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