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I totally disagree with the author. The Swift-boat ads worked for many reasons, first being numbers. Most Americans would clearly place their trust in 260 or so veterans over a small handful of Kerry loyalists. Another huge factor was the Dick Cavett tape of John O'Neil attacking Kerry some thirty years prior, proving this was not the invention of Bush and Rove and was not something invented for the campaign. Lastly was Kerry's defense, claiming the others never served with him. These boats serve side by side within yards of each other. They operate as a unit and together on missions. Then Kerry used as a defense John McCain's statements. John McCain was in POW camp and wasn't there. Bottom line. There were lots of fishy things about Kerry's story and still many questions remain. But as you defend this domestic terrorist, just remember. Eventually the issue will blow up in your face.