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Swiftboating grief


This was an A1 story in yesterday’s New York Times:

Who, exactly, is objecting? Well, one father whose politics can be safely inferred from the fact that he took his story to Sean Hannity, and a former speechwriter for George W. Bush:

“Mr. Biden is not a Gold Star father and should stop playing one on TV,” William McGurn, a speechwriter for President George W. Bush, wrote in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Biden has never claimed that his son died in combat, but he has often spoken of his son’s overseas deployment and the toll it took on his family. Mr. Biden’s supporters say that military families are entitled to their grief, but that the president is also entitled to his.

That’s it. The whole piece is framed around the complaints of two people who would complain about what Biden said no matter what. It’s another case where I’m impressed that parody is even possible:

And, of course, it’s not a coincidence that this “discovery” that a select number of Republicans doesn’t like how Joe Biden discusses his son is happening now:

The idea that Trump would have withstood even a fraction of this pushback and gone ahead with the withdrawal is absurd — cf. his entire presidency passim.

[Title h/t to Dorothy Fortenberry.]

….people in comments who remembered the initial headline being even worse are correct:

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