Tuesday, January 25, 2005


He got away with fraud, and now he wants to see if he can do it again a few years from now:

Swift boat co-author ponders Senate bid

The co-author of a book accusing Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry of embellishing his war record plans to run against him for U.S. Senate.

Jerome Corsi, who, with retired Navy Lt. John O'Neill, is credited as the co-author of "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry," said he plans to move to Massachusetts later this year as the first step in his 2008 campaign for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Kerry.

"I'm going to do it," Corsi said. "I've got serious political aspirations now."...


The Boston Herald has more:

...state Democratic chairman Phil Johnston said, "I know Massachusetts will not welcome a candidate whose calling card is a disturbing track record of slandering Catholics, the pope, Jews and Vietnam veterans. Carpetbaggers spreading lies and smears are not welcome in our state."

Johnston was referring to comments Corsi posted in the past few years on FreeRepublic.com. In the posts, Corsi called Islam "a cancer that destroys the body it infects," called the pope "senile," and referred to Kerry as "John (expletive) Commie Kerry."

Yeah, calling John Paul II "senile" -- that's a really smooth move if you want to get elected in a heavily Catholic state.

(Here's the full quote: "So this is what the last days of the Catholic Church are going to look like. Buggering boys undermines the moral base and the laywers rip the gold off the Vatican altars. We may get one more Pope, when this senile one dies, but that's probably about it." I'll save you the trouble of searching -- here's the Media Matters page on Corsi, with all of his sewer-mouthed denunciations of Islam, gay people, and the likes of Katie Couric and Chelsea Clinton, who appall him in ways that, if I weren't familiar with the bizarre animosities of the Free Republic crowd, would seem pathological.)

Corsi thinks he can get away with this:

Corsi said the comments "were not meant as serious expressions of my views and opinions," but "meant to be satirical and provocative ... It's like saying Shakespeare is responsible for something one of his characters said."

No it isn't, schmuck. It's not a play, it's not satire, it's not parody, it's not performance art. It's just you being a barroom boor behind a chat-room pseudonym. Now grow up, be a man, and take responsibility for your own actions.

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