Monday, November 29, 2010

Bush Senior, Forgetting Disdain for “Draft Dodgers,” Endorses Romney for President

By “Pintface” Pete Bogs/BogsBlog

In a recent interview with Larry King, George H.W. Bush said Mitt Romney would make “a very good president.” Curious, as during the 1992 presidential campaign and beyond Bush 41 & Co. made much of Bill Clinton’s Vietnam War-era military service deferment, labeling him a “draft dodger.” Mitt Romney also received a deferment – ostensibly for Mormon missionary work.

A “draft dodger” was someone who got called up but fled to Canada (and also someone I admire, for the record) instead of reporting for duty. In a blatant act of political opportunism, in 1992 Republicants and other consternatives broadened the definition to include anyone who was eligible to serve during that time but didn’t.

By that definition, Mitt Romney is a “draft dodger.” (As are Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove, for that matter.)

Perhaps time (or a faulty memory) has softened Bush’s view on cowardly, un-American “draft dodgers.” Or maybe it’s the same old political bullshit (way redundant, I admit it) that you hold your adversaries to high standards, but not your own people, and bank on no one recognizing your hypocrisy? My memory is not that short, Mr. Former President.


LeftLeaningLady said...

Calling Bill a draft dodger backfired against #41. Just as calling W one backfired against Kerry. Even though W was a useless sack of crap even then and could not even bothered to do a half useful job in the Air National Guard.

Those of us who have no memory of 'Nam do not feel that taking a scholarship to Oxford was a bad thing. Where was ol' Mitt?

My dad served in the AF from 63-67, in fine form in NW Florida.

LeftLeaningLady said...

OH, plus, Mitt is a mormon.
Glen Beck is a mormon.

So that makes everything ok.

No, that didn't make any sense, but #41 is 80, how much sense do you think he makes even to himself?

Pete Bogs said...

LLL - I live to call consternatives out on their hypocrisy. I believe they are that way inherently, but when such an obvious public example emerges I can't pass it up.

I guess I don't remember the backlash against #41; I just remember 8 years of stupid bumper stickers ("Impeach the Pot-Smoking Draft Dodger") during the Clinton era. I do long for those days.

Good to hear from you. Have a great Christmas.