Thursday, June 26, 2008

Right about oil. Spectacularly wrong about the Swift Boat Vets

T. Boone Pickens has reneged on his $1 million reward for anyone who could provide evidence that the Swift Boat Lying Scumbags for Bush were in fact lying scumbags. From the NYT's Caucus blog:

A group of Swift boat veterans sympathetic to Mr. Kerry sent Mr. Pickens a letter last week taking him up on the challenge. In 12 pages, plus a 42-page attachment of military records and other documents, they identified not just one but ten lies in the group's campaign against Mr. Kerry. They offered to meet with him to provide Mr. Kerry's journals and videotapes from Vietnam and a copy of his full military record certified by the Navy – a key demand of Mr. Pickens and veterans who believe Mr. Kerry lied about his service to win his military decorations.

I suspect Pickens' decision to welsh had less to do with the money, which I can assure you is not a problem, than his unwillingness to admit that he and lots of people like him supported a completely bogus misinformation campaign in order to get their boy king reelected.

Personally I take some comfort in the fact that he seems to have tried really hard to get Rudy Giuliani elected in '08. Proof that you can get obscenely rich by having your bullishness on oil be completely vindicated while still being an ignorant clown.

h/t TPM

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