Do they give a Purple Heart for smears?

By Tim Grieve

Published February 24, 2005 2:19PM (EST)

While some of the advisers to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth are hard at work muddying up the Social Security debate, the grand-daddy of the Swifties' smears is plugging away at his own next project: A book arguing that Democratic politicians have been bought off by Iranian cash and are now helping keep the mullahs free to develop nuclear weapons in Iran.

Lloyd Grove has the story in the Daily News. Grove says that Jerome Corsi -- the author of "Unfit for Command" who was last heard calling Hillary Clinton a "fat hog" and ranting about the "boy buggering in both Islam and Catholicism" -- is finishing a book in which he tries to connect the dots between a former board member of the American Iranian Council, Iran's nuclear ambitions, and Democratic politicians like, oh, say, John Kerry.

Democrats launched a pre-emptive strike against Corsi's book Wednesday. Kerry spokesman David Wade told Grove: "I doubt anyone who isn't wearing a tin-foil hat will take their foreign-policy cues from a proven liar who became infamous smearing the Pope, Catholics, Jews and Vietnam veterans." And the supposed Iranian-American linchpin in Corsi's yarn -- a man who says his views on Iran are pretty similar to George W. Bush's -- is threatening to sue Corsi over the book even before it has been published.

But Grove saves the best for last, and so will we. Corsi is planning to move from New Jersey to Massachusetts . . . so that he can run against Kerry for the U.S. Senate in 2008.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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