I imagine that many MO readers also read Donald Sensing’s One Hand Clapping and Bill Hobbs’ HobbsOnline. If you don’t? Start.
Here’s their coverage of the “President Bush was AWOL from the Air National Guard” story.
Bush, Clark, Michael Moore and the charge of desertion on One Hand Clapping
Bill Hobbs has an entire category dedicated to the issue.
Scrappleface weighs in, as well, with Clark Thought Moore Called Bush ‘Desserter’. (Is ‘Scott Ott’ really a group of 8 writers (whose names begin with the letters S, C, O, T, T, O, T, and T – pulling the old ABBA trick)? There’s no way that one human brain could come up with such consistently good material day in and day out.)
Here’s MO’s take on the issue: I have trouble buying the whole “Bush went AWOL” idea, but I’m open to the possibility. I challenge the eventual Democratic nominee to make an issue out of it during the campaign. If Bush stonewalls, it will appear to be an admission of guilt and voters will know. If the charge is proven false, the voters will know.
But if we just get a lot of the same old same old, I’m not buying it. Bush is strongest on his foreign policy and the War on Terror. This AWOL charge could undo a lot of support for his leadership on those issues if true. If the Democratic challenger doesn’t play that card, I’m writing it off completely and forever.
(I will note that perhaps Clark’s handling of the issue may be the groundwork for such a move if he wins the nomination.)
And as for Michael Moore? Why on earth does anyone care if Moore endorses anyone? The only people who will be swayed by Moore’s opinion were already going to vote Democrat. The Democrats seem to be running a campaign to beat each other, not Bush. Whoever wins the nomination is probably going to get blown away in November.