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What Kerry Said

Ramesh: You are right about TNR–its defense of Kerry’s Senate testimony is absurd, especially this line: “So, far from making the allegations himself, Kerry was simply repeating what other veterans themselves had admitted.” One of the fundamental points of the Mac Owens piece, of course, is that Kerry advanced fraudulent claims. At best, Kerry was a dupe. At worst, well, some people–not me, of course!–might call him a lying traitor. This, by the way, is an old rhetorical trick known as paralipsis. “I know some people have accused Bill Clinton of being a pot-smoking, draft-dodging womanizer–but let’s not go into the substance those allegations…”

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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