This newfound lie of Senator Kerry's, that he spent Christmas Eve '68 in Cambodia on an illegal covert op, will not affect his standing with the diehard Leftists one iota.
His emergence on the scene as an up-and-coming Democrat was driven by his testimony on Capital Hill, where he embraced all the (then) current doctrine of the radical Leftists. The war in Viet Nam was illegal, immoral, unjustfiable, and unwinnable. He also won the hearts of many Leftists when he further testified that his fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines were nothing more than war criminals; willing to stoop to any depravity, with or without orders from on high. This fit very neatly with the Leftists' ideas of what the soldiers in Viet Nam were anyway (and what they still view soldiers as today.) To hear an actual "war hero" confirm what they believed all along must have made their hearts all aflutter. To further ingratiate himself with the Leftists, he made a very public show of throwing someone else's medals over the White House fence, and appearing with Jane "Can I shoot down an American plane, too?" Fonda at rallies in support of the NVA and Viet Cong (if you doubt those rallies were in support of the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong, you only need to hit the library and look at how many NVA flags were flown, or how many times the exhuberant chant "ho-ho-Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam is going to win!" was heard.)
The fact that he made up his covert op time in Cambodia would come under the heading of neccesary evil, something the Democrats are very good at excusing. He was working for the greater good, so the lie was not bad, it was neccesary. If Kerry didn't actually spend Christmas Eve on an illegal covert op, then someone did, and that rat-bastard wasn't man enough to come forward and admit it, like Kerry was. Yup, Kerry was man enough to admit he had done it, even if he hadn't really done it and was just taking the credit (see "thrown medals" above.)
So don't expect many Leftists to have a change of heart about the Senator.
And don't expect many Kerry supporters to view the Swift Boat Veterans as simply setting the record straight. They are, after all, the very same veterans who were killing, raping, torturing, and maiming Vietnamese with glee.
Forget that they came home and went on to become judges and doctors and pillars of their community.
Just remember that they are war criminals.
That is, according to Senator Kerry.