Less than a day after the Drudge Report led with this headline: CAMPAIGN DRAMA ROCKS DEMOCRATS: KERRY FIGHTS OFF MEDIA PROBE OF RECENT ALLEGED INFIDELITY, RIVALS PREDICT RUIN, and already accusations of "Republican dirty tricks" are being made by the Kerry Campaign and liberal media sources all over the world. Their attempt, of course, is to smear the Bush Campaign with their own scandal.
The only problem is, nothing could be further from the truth. Furthermore, if the rumors of Kerry's affair are true, the world will soon know that the Bush Campaign has been unfairly smeared and Kerry will look even worse than he does now.
Why would Republicans in general and Bush in particular leave this one alone? Three reasons:
1) Every indication up to this point is that the information came from tips given to Drudge through other media sources. On Matt's site DrudgeReport.com, he claims that the original investigation began when "A close friend of the woman first approached a reporter late last year claiming fantastic stories — stories that now threaten to turn the race for the presidency on its head!"
2) The Bush Campaign, even if it knew of this brewing storm, would never have touched it purely on the knowledge that they could be burned if the story turned out to be either untrue or unprovable. The Davis Campaign in California tried this tactic against Governor Schwarzenegger and there is every indication that it backfired miserably.
3) Even if the Bush campaign knew of this situation and intended to use it against Kerry, they would have waited until AFTER the Democratic Convention in Boston to air the scandal. Starting this rumor now will do the Bush Campaign no good, and might even harm it if an even more electable candidate, like Edwards, were to take Kerry's place as the frontrunner to the Democratic nomination. The fact is, Kerry has contradicted himself so many times, that he is a huge target for the Bush Campaign just on legitimate issues, such as for warning special interests that they are on their way out in Washington just a day before a congressional report shows that he is the single largest recipient of special interest campaign funds.