Euphoric after a big election victory, the organizers of this year's Conservative Political Action Conference say it's only fitting to pay tribute to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth (search) for helping to stop Sen. John Kerry's presidential bid.
"These guys could have just gone on with their lives but they felt strongly that John Kerry's record was being misrepresented," said Richard Lessner, executive director of the American Conservative Union (search), chief sponsor of CPAC, which is giving the veterans the "Courage Under Fire" award during the annual Ronald Reagan banquet in Washington, D.C., on Friday. "We thought this sort of example of citizens stepping forward under adverse conditions should be recognized," Lessner added. "They are impressive."
Former Georgia Sen. Zell Miller (search), the Democrat credited with giving one of the most memorable speeches in favor of President Bush at the Republican National Convention this summer, will present the award to Adm. Roy Hoffman (search) (Ret.), founder and chairman of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
The only award dinner this year with vomit as the entree.