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July 15, 2004

LIKE MILLI VANILLI'S GRAMMY AWARD, this "Restore Honesty" website by the now-discredited Joe Wilson is mostly of comedic value now. But wait, there's more -- scroll to the bottom and you'll see that it's "Paid for by John Kerry for President, Inc." Quite an embarrassment.

My advice to the Kerry campaign -- say that Wilson is lying about that, too. It'll be believable!

UPDATE: Daniel Moore emails:

The only problem with Kerry saying that Wilson is lying about the paid for by John Kerry is that every link on the page goes directly to a JohnKerry.com page.

The Kerry campaign needs to get a little moral clarity on the whole honesty thing and not have a well-documented liar out talking about how to restore it.

And reader Jay Borgmann emails:

It is going to be hard for the Kerry Campaign to distance themselves from this website seeing as they have the exact same page hosted on their website:

http://www.johnkerry.com/honesty/


Just blame the Evil Neocon Conspiracy. It's worked before!

And reader Michael Pittard emails: "Click on the 'What I Didn't Find in Africa - By Joe Wilson (The New York Times)' link at the bottom of RestoreHonesty.com. Ha Ha!" Indeed. Meanwhile several readers -- perhaps missing the tongue-in-cheek nature of my advice to Kerry -- note that a whois search shows that the RestoreHonesty.com domain is registered to:

Registrant:
John Kerry for President, Inc.
519 C St. NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20002
United States

Registered through: GoDaddy.com
Domain Name: RESTOREHONESTY.COM
Created on: 22-Oct-03
Expires on: 22-Oct-04
Last Updated on: 22-Oct-03

The domain may be good for a while, but I suspect that the page may "expire" before October 22.

And it certainly suggests that even the very first sentence on RestoreHonesty.com is a lie: "I'm not a politician and I'm not a political partisan."

Whatever you say, Joe.