The White House late Wednesday released a copy of a dental evaluation President Bush had in the National Guard in Alabama during the Vietnam War to rebut suggestions made by Democrats who have questioned whether the president ever showed up for duty there.

A copy of the dental examination done on Jan. 6, 1973, documents the president serving at Dannelly Air National Guard Base, which is south of Montgomery, Ala., White House press secretary Scott McClellan said in a statement. Earlier in the day, McClellan hardened its defense of Bush’s Guard service, saying critics were “trolling for trash” for political gain.

But, wait, given everything W and the boys have said this just doesn’t make any sense:

According to the White House, the dental exam shows Bush did report for duty in Alabama. The exam, however, was done after November 1972, when earlier reports have said Bush returned to Texas.

No, not “earlier reports” but everything the man and his minions have ever said about this has included the claim that he returned to Texas in November of 1972.

Why are they contradicting themselves all of a sudden?

What’s up here?

What are they trying to hide?

I think this is what desperation looks like folks.

[Link via Atrios]