So Calhoun noticed the issue. And he didn’t call his local paper and give them the scoop of their lifetime. He didn’t call or write the Washington Post. Instead, he called the Bush people, who are never very concerned with image(they’re more substance focused), and said, “If you need me to come forward, I will.”
And the Bush people, in the eleventh hour of a presidential campaign, with a potential landmine about to go off under their feet, say, “We’re hoping that won’t be necessary.”
And you can understand their reasoning: “We could just nip this thing right in the bud and put the allegation that our presidential candidate was AWOL during a time of war, or we can just sit back and see how this crazy thing plays out. I mean, it’s not like anyone took a picture of him in a sweater, or anything. What the heck? Tell him we’ll call him if we need him.”
And though the rumors persisted, and occassionally popped up in newspaper stories, and though there were websites devoted to the issue, and though there were even rewards offered for a guardsman who could remember serving with Bush in Alabama, nobody in the Bush administration bothered to give Calhoun a call, and Calhoun never bothered to mention it to anyone.
Keep in mind, this is the Bush administration that spared no evidence, no matter how flimsy, on the need to invade Iraq–the African uranium, the aluminum tubes, the al-Qaeda operatives meeting with Iraqi intelligence in Prague. All of which turned out to be bullshit, but they offered it without hesitation, and sometimes over the objections of the CIA, the State Department, foreign governments, and the U.N. weapons inspectors.
But when it came to a potentially campaign ending scandal, and they had eye-witness testimony, they preferred to just let it slide and see what happened.
And when the issue resurfaced during the Democratic debates, did anyone bother to pick up the phone and say, “Calhoun, we need you”? Nope. And when it began appearing in the major newspapers and on network television, did anyone say, “Call Calhoun”? Nope. And when Tim Russert sat in the Oval Office and asked Bush about his guard service, did Bush say, “Tim, you can call Bill Calhoun. He’ll tell you I showed up”? Nope.
Instead, the Bush people released a dental record.
But now that Calhoun has stepped forward, he can surely point us in the direction to put this issue to rest. Right?
Calhoun said he does not have any photographs or documents to prove Bush showed up for duty, but his ex-wife, Patsy Burks, said she remembered Calhoun’s account.
Well, Christ, ex-wives are better than any ol’ stupid piece of paper.
Read the rest of it. Suffice it to say there are a few logical and evidentiary holes in Calhoun’s story.