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For our Conservative Friends
2004-09-12 20:09
by Will Carroll

And yes, I do mean friends. I like having a vociferous but civil debate about issues.

The latest Fontgate stuff has been interesting to some, but I think that it has been less interesting than the things we already knew. Bush was no "Top Gun" and there's still no explanation for where he was during his Alabama campaign. (I wish I could find the stuff that connected him to Mountain Brook Country Club again.) Did he miss his physical because he didn't care and thought himself above the rules or because he knew he'd fail the drug test portion?

But, pal Edw. asks us to address Fontgate, so I'll offer this quote from Time:

So far, forensic and typewriter experts consulted by TIME and other major media organizations have not reached a consensus on the authenticity of the memos. Some insist it would have been nearly impossible for a 1970s-era typewriter to produce the memos because of the letter spacing in the documents and the use of a raised and compact th symbol. But Bill Glennon, a technology consultant in New York City who worked for IBM repairing typewriters from 1973 to 1985, says those experts "are full of crap. They just don't know." Glennon says there were IBM machines capable of producing the spacing, and a customized key the likes of which he says were not unusual could have created the superscript th.

I don't know jack about typewriters, fonts, or superscripts. I can't do most of that stuff on Word, so I'll take the word of Glennon, who Time calls an expert over the bloggers at Powerline et al. I wasn't silent; I was just waiting for the facts.

So, I'll ask again, "Mr. Bush, where were you when the nation called?"

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