I was going to write about Romney’s draft dodging ways yesterday, and the complete hypocrisy of the right in their attacks on Democrats who didn’t serve, but Rachel Maddow put together something much better than I could have written.
I initially wanted to draw attention to this:
Though an early supporter of the Vietnam War, Romney avoided military service at the height of the fighting after high school by seeking and receiving four draft deferments, according to Selective Service records. They included college deferments and a 31-month stretch as a “minister of religion” in France, a classification for Mormon missionaries that the church at the time feared was being overused. The country was cutting troop levels by the time he became eligible for the draft, and his lottery number was not called.
The Mormon faith requires its young men to go on missions, and placed them under this clause as though every single Mormon male was a minister of a church. Of course, Romney insists that he actually really wanted to serve:
He said in 2007 — his first White House bid under way — that he had “longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam.” But his actions, Selective Service records and previous statements show little interest in joining a conflict that ultimately claimed more than 58,000 American lives.
And of course, when running for Senate, he blatantly lied:
But the frustration he recalled in 2007 does not match a sentiment he shared as a Massachusetts Senate candidate in 1994, when he told The Boston Herald, “I was not planning on signing up for the military.”
“It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam, but nor did I take any actions to remove myself from the pool of young men who were eligible for the draft,” Romney told the newspaper.
For comparison, check out the ways the “liberal media” treated Clinton in 1992. Well, I guess we can give Romney a pass, it’s not like he was actively heckling anti-war protesters while dodging his own service.