I'll be the first one in on this with Jeb Bush as my nominee. Daily Kos lays out the reasons.
Here is the letter he wrote to the swiftboaters.
Dear Colonel Day,
Thank you for your personal support of my brother in his re-election. I look forward to joining him in Washington, D.C. for his inauguration. I am so proud of the President and his re-election campaign. He offered a clear vision for the future of our country.
Colonel Day, I know you'll be joining other Swifties—POWs in Orlando soon. Please let them know that I am personally appreciative of their service to our nation. As someone who truly understand the risk of standing up for something, I simply cannot express in words how much I value their willingness to stand up against John Kerry. Their efforts, like their service to our country, speak volumes about what matters most.
Thank you again for your unwavering support.
Letter reported here.
And here is Bush's tweet about the Trumpster's maligning John McCain.
Enough with the slanderous attacks. @SenJohnMcCain and all our veterans - particularly POWs have earned our respect and admiration.
Original tweet is here.
CNN reports on this piece hypocrisy as well, and includes the response from Bush's campaign about a double standard.
When his campaign was asked if Jeb Bush saw a double standard, a spokesman rejected the premise.
"A thank you letter to Col. Bud Day, Medal of Honor recipient and Air Force Cross recipient, twice captured as a POW, is not in any way analogous to condemning Donald Trump's slanderous attack on John McCain," said Bush campaign spokesman Tim Miller.
And for the swiftboating charges against Kerry?
All of the charges were contradicted by official military records and almost all of the men who served with Kerry came out in defense of their former crewmate, praising his courage. Only one of the swift boat critics served with Kerry.
Kerry received several medals for his service in Vietnam, including several Purple Heart medals for injuries he sustained in combat.
The Swift Boat attacks have since been widely discredited and the term swiftboating is now synonymous with lobbing unfair political attacks.
These "unfair political attacks" are just the beginning. It's election season and there are lots of GOPlins cackling and slobbering over the opportunities to malign their opponents (and each other). Principle is not their driving force.