Karl Rove is losing his…

Karl Rove is losing his touch

The Bushies slimeball attack on Kerry’s war record has misfired.

Republican McCain blasts anti-Kerry ad

Republican Senator John McCain, an ex-prisoner of war who backs President George W. Bush, rose to defend Senator John Kerry as a television advertisement campaign was launched accusing the Democratic presidential nominee of lying about his Vietnam war record.

‘I deplore this kind of politics,’ Mr McCain said. ‘I think the advertisement is dishonest and dishonourable. It reopens all the old wounds of the Vietnam War, which I spent the last 35 years trying to heal.’

Veteran retracts Kerry Criticism

Yesterday, “a key figure in the anti-Kerry campaign, Kerry’s former commanding officer, backed off one of the key contentions” the group’s leaders have made in their new book, Unfit for Command, the Boston Globe reports.

“Lieutenant Commander George Elliott said in an interview that he had made a ‘terrible mistake’ in signing an affidavit that suggests Kerry did not deserve the Silver Star — one of the main allegations in the book. The affidavit was given to the Boston Globe by the anti-Kerry group to justify assertions in their ad and book.”

Here’s a shocker:

The AP notes “a wealthy Texas Republican donor is helping bankroll” the ad