Bush defied a direct order while in the National Guard. He hoped to get out of the Guard because he “didn’t have time”. The media is reporting this story as “Guard Records Found” or “Guard Service an Issue Again”. Actually, health system its far more serious than that. The New York Times reports:

One document, a “memo to file” dated May 1972 , refers to a conversation between Colonel Killian and Lieutenant Bush when they “discussed options of how Bush can get out of coming to drill from now through November,” because the lieutenant “may not have time.”

May not have time? To serve his country? The documents also show that Bush pulled strings to get out of service, and refused direct orders:

Colonel Killian wrote in another report, dated Aug. 1, 1972, that he ordered Lieutenant Bush “suspended from flight status” because he failed to perform to standards of the Air Force and Texas Air National Guard and “failure to meet annual physical examination (flight) as ordered.”

Colonel Killian also wrote in a memo that his superiors were forcing him to give Lieutenant Bush a favorable review, but that he refused.

“I’m having trouble running interference and doing my job,” he wrote.

At this crucial juncture, the Democrats need to ask themselves “What would Karl Rove do?”

Karl Rove doesn’t go for his opponent’s weak points, he goes for their strengths. And Bush’s strength is his character, his straight-talk, his trustability, his “you may not agree with me, but at least you know where I stand.” The Democrats must use this incident to show that Bush is untrustworthy, not that he took advantage of Daddy’s connections, but that for the past 30 years, he’s been lying to cover that fact up. Once the American public realizes that this is true, the Democrats can argue that Bush lies to get his way on a lot of things. He lied about WMD in Iraq, he lied about an Iraq Al-Qaeda connection, he lied about Iraq seeking uranium in Niger, he lied about the toxicity of ground zero, he lied about the cost of the prescription drug benefit. Mary Beth Cahill, are you listening?