Insufficient: Bush on Swift Boat ads

While President Bush has asked that these lies be removed from television ads, his words are insufficient. Asked specifically whether the ads by the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth should be stopped, he said:

All of them. That means that ad, every other ad. Absolutely. I can’t be more plain about it. I hope my opponent joins me in condemning these activities of the 527s. I think they’re bad for the system.

Well, he could have been more plain. He could have specifically denounced these lies. But he did not. Then again, his surrogate Bob Dole went pathetic on CNN yesterday:

And here’s, you know, a good guy, a good friend. I respect his record. But three Purple Hearts and never bled that I know of. I mean, they’re all superficial wounds. Three Purple Hearts and you’re out.