February 05, 2004

Spin the tale of the donkey

Republicans are reacting predictably to murmurs about how Dubya might not quite have been all that he could be back when he was in the National Guard:

White House officials lashed back Tuesday at Democrats who have accused President Bush of going AWOL from his Vietnam-era service in the National Guard, decrying the allegation as "outrageous and baseless."

Yeah! I mean, all he did was fail to show up for a year! You people are animals. Here's some more stupid rhetoric:

"It is really shameful that this was brought up four years ago, and it's shameful that some are trying to bring it up again," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan.

Translation: "Hey, we successfully avoided talking about this once! No fair bringing it up again!"

"The president was honorably discharged," McClellan said. "He fulfilled his duties. It is really sad that people are now stooping to this level once again. And people should condemn this."

Or: "Hey, if the military happened to whitewash the record of a powerful politician's son, what business is that of yours? They know best. And besides...they didn't do that. So there's no reason to ask them if they did. Because they didn't. (Pause.) Free candy for everyone!"

Posted by Francis at 01:32 AM

The Boston Globe just completed a detailed investigation of W.'s military service, and what a surprise -- they discovered that he really did fail to show up for a whole year.

Posted by: debby at February 5, 2004 09:02 AM