Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Cognitive Dissonance and the SBVT'ers

From the many comments the blog has received, it's clear that Kerry's critics are, to put it mildly, obsessed about the Swift Boat controversy. You can also see this at the Republican convention, where delegates are wearing Band-Aids with Purple Hearts on them. This attention goes beyond the normal sort of "tear down your opponents credentials" that you see in campaigns, I think, because it runs so much against type. It would be like the Republicans nominating a candidate who served as a Peace Corps volunteer before running a homeless shelter for abused women.. It's a case of congnitive dissonance where a fact just doesn't fit with someone's strongly-held beliefs and, therefore, must be denied and discredited, anything but admit that a liberal Democrat served his country honorably and bravely. Democrats, of course, have their own forms of cognitive dissonance, like their insistence that Bush is an idiot, but the Republicans seem particularly crazed on this one.

By the way, to all the commenters who want flame me for suggesting that the SBVT'ers lack credibility, BRING IT ON!

6 comments:

Palooka said...

BRING IT ON? What a pompous blowhard, you haven't addressed any of the issues your commenters have put to you.

Watching you self destruct in the face of facts is really quite amusing.

Anonymous said...

WHY THE F*** SHOULD HE? You guys keep writting wild eyed missives about Cambodia. Cambodia so what? The story they SBVT are telling isn't about Cambodia or the Silver Star, or the purple hearts or yellow moons.

It's about, as Herr Klinkner said, the fact that you can't deal with the fact that Bush doged the service. His best moment in the military was the mission accomplished fiasco.

So you tear at Kerry's record and repeat the crap you hear on talk radio. You don't read any of the numerous investigations that newspapers througout the country have written. You don't look at the naval records themselves. You're quick to call Kerry a liar but you won't acknowledge that a man like Roy Hoffman is a LIAR. He either lied in 1968 and 1996 or he is lying now. I suggest that the story he told for 32 years is probably more accurate than the one he's been giving since March.

Nothing you have said holds up under scrutiny. Stop letting Sean Hannity into your brain. It's corrosive. You sound practically wild-eyed (THANKS YOU RNC FOR THAT GEM).

Palooka said...

Wild-eyed? I think that's the proper description of the above attempted rebuttal.

Did John Kerry lied about Cambodia? Looks that way.

Did John Kerry lie to get his first purple heart? Looks that way.

Other, more complicated charges, with directly conflicting accounts, such as the Rassman episode, are harder to dissect. But what we have even with this event is the Kerry camp changing their story, and the Swiftees sticking to their story.

As I have said, the Swiftees have been vindicated on two accounts, humiliating Kerry. Denying this is denying reality. Screaming "smear and fear" and "lies" won't suffice.

Palooka said...

Oh yeah....

"It's about, as Herr Klinkner said, the fact that you can't deal with the fact that Bush doged the service"

Dodging service by, uh, SERVING? You dirtbags keep denigrating the national guard--and keep losing every person who ever served in the national guard. BTW, since you seem to be allergic to facts, I am sure it will come as a surprise that Kerry joined the NAVY RESERVES, and not the Navy. The difference between Bush and Kerry? One of them got activated.

jeff said...

The issue is credibility. Kerry is shown to be totally lacking credibility: Cambodia, Rassman,Purple Hearts,ateendance at committee hearings, voting/flip-flopping. It's CREDIBILTY, or the lack thereof.
Dems can cry and whine all they wish. In this case, you reap what you sow. "Bring it on"

MWS said...

"The issue is credibility. Kerry is shown to be totally lacking credibility: Cambodia, Rassman,Purple Hearts,ateendance at committee hearings, voting/flip-flopping. It's CREDIBILTY, or the lack thereof."

Oh, and Bush has SO MUCH credibility. Like all those weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq. Or, the uranium that Saddam was purchasing in Africa. Or, the links between Saddam and Al Quaida. All of these have been pretty thoroughly demolished. So much for the credibility thesis.