It doesn't look like Kerry's Vietnam service is going to be enought to get him elected president. The attacks on George W. Bush's National Guard service seem to have fizzled. So the Democrats dig around for a winning issue and came up with . . . wait for it . . . Halliburton?
Yes, Halliburton. The next big issue for the Democrats is attacking Cheney's supposed connection with Halliburton, you can watch the new ad they unveiled here.
Of course, this is an entirely made up issue. While Halliburton is a large company that does a lot of work for the government, it did a lot of work for the government before Cheney became Vice President. As the Washington Post is good enough to point out, no one has ever presented a shred of evidence that Cheney has ever done a single thing--as VP--to help that company in any any way at all:
No one has presented evidence that Cheney made as much as a phone call on behalf of his former company in the run-up to the war, or since.
Now Cheney is receiving deferred compensation from Halliburton, under an arrangement he had with that company before he became Vice President. He has purchased an insurance policy so he will continue to receive the money regardless of how well Halliburton does financially. As such, Cheney won't lose a nickel if Halliburton execs start jumping out of windows tomorrow, and he won't make a nickel more if Halliburton has a banner year.
Speaking of defenestration, Halliburton hasn't done financially well since Cheney took office. Looking at the five year graph of Halliburton's stock price, it has never even approached the highs it had prior to Cheney becomming VP:
You would think if the VP were really in the tank for Halliburton, they would be doing a little better than this.
And while Cheney did make a lot of money from Halliburton, I don't think the Democrats are going to score any points on the class warfare issue. John "Forbes" Kerry never missed any meals, and Cheney is a piker compared to Teresa Heinz-Kerry. And at least Cheney earned his millions, rather than being born into money like Kerry, or marrying it like Teresa.
More to the point, does anyone really think that this Halliburton thing is going to convince anyone to vote for Kerry? The Democrats claim that they have real issues on their side; why don't they try campaigning on them?