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Democratic Party Continues To Marginalize Itself

Democratic Congressman Maurice Hinchey's comments, made at a community forum last weekend in Ithaca, New York, accusing Carl Rove, President Bush's political advisor during the 2004 campaign, of forging the now infamous 'Rathergate' National Guard documents released by CBS are really old news and without merit.

In a Washington Times article entitled McAuliffe Denies Involvement In Memos Flap, Stephen Dinan reported that Terry McAuliffe put forth similar, if less pointed, accusations:

Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe today said neither his organization nor John Kerry´s campaign leaked to CBS documents questioning President Bush´s service record, which may have been forged. He suggested White House adviser Karl Rove could be behind the documents. "I can unequivocally say that no one involved here at the Democratic National Committee had anything at all to do with any of those documents. If I were an aspiring young journalist, I think I would ask Karl Rove that question," Mr. McAuliffe said.

Since McAuliffe's comments, no one has come forward with any evidence incriminating Carl Rove or anyone else in the Republican party.

During the forum in Ithaca, Congressman Hinchey had the following exchange with an audience member finally admitting that he had no evidence:

Audience Member: Do you have any evidence for that?

Congressman Hinchey: Yes I do. Once they did that --

Audience: [Murmuring]

Congressman Hinchey: ...once they did that, then it undermined everything else about Bush's draft dodging. Once they were able to say, 'This is false! These papers are not accurate, they're, they're, they're false, they've been falsified.' That had the effect of taking the whole issue away.

Audience Member: So you have evidence that the papers came from the Bush administration?

Congressman Hinchey: No. I -- that's my belief.

You can actually listen to the recording of the speech here.

Rep. Hinchey, appearing Wednesday on Hannity & Colmes (Fox News Channel), reiterated his claim that Carl Rove was behind the forged documents and again admitted that he had nary a shred of evidence to back up his claim.

The election is over and George Bush won. I have no clue as to Congressman Hinchey's motives in making these baseless claims. Perhaps he just read last September's Democratic talking points. It could certainly be argued that future Democratic initiatives might be minimized by this tripe. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi should reign the guy in before the entire Democratic party ends up looking like irresponsible buffoons. Although, when you consider: Kennedy, Boxer, Byrd, Dean, Dayton, Kerry, Gore, Reid, Sharpton, Clinton, Clinton, Carter, Moore, Carville, Goldberg, Streisand....it may be too late.

Posted by Rick | February 24, 2005 03:32 AM

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