You're toast when your hometown newspaper talks about you like this:
The caveat emperor
By Joan Vennochi, Globe Columnist May 24, 2005
....During an interview yesterday with Globe editorial writers and columnists, the former Democratic presidential nominee was asked if had signed Form SF 180, authorizing the Department of Defense to grant access to all his military records.
'I have signed it," Kerry said. Then, he added that his staff was ''still going through it" and ''very, very shortly, you will have a chance to see it."
The devil is usually in the details. With Kerry, it's also in the dodges and digressions.
....He did not answer the question of when he signed the form or when the entire record will be made public.
....The campaign waged against him by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth arouses Kerry's greatest passion. ''What they said was untrue," he said. He considered, but decided against, filing suit against the group, which alleged that he did not deserve his Vietnam military honors.
Kerry insists ''The truth in its entirety will come out . . . the truth will come out."
Signing Form 180 is the first step. Releasing his entire military record to the public is the second.
It doesn't get any plainer than that.