Right now he seems to have smooth sailing in the Senate with the country focused on the fiscal cliff and New Years celebrations. There is always the possibility of eleventh hour "swiftboating" when the confirmation hearings heat up. Back in 1971 John Kerry, then 27, debated the Vietnam War with fellow swiftboat veteran John O'Neill on the Dick Cavett show. John O'Neill would go on to head the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth which campaigned against his 2004 run for the White House and may have planted enough doubt in voters minds to cost him the election. Below are the first two video clips from the Cavett show. The whole show can be watched here. Former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel has also raised controversy with his appointment as Secretary of Defense with many of his GOP colleagues threatening to block his appointment. Right now he seems a better candidate for swiftboating but the the original swiftboaters haven't given up on Kerry.