Everybody is linking to Richard Cohen’s Washington Post column in which he admits to sloughing off his National Guard service during the Vietnam War and getting an honorable discharge anyway. He even got paid for drills that he skipped. This certainly contradicts the Bush line that because he received an honorable discharge, there’s nothing to talk about with regard to his military service. In truth, if Bush would come clean, then there would be nothing to talk about. Many people avoided serving in Vietnam through a variety of means, including Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, and Dan Quayle. Needless to say, they’ve all had somewhat successful careers as politicians. Bush’s problem is that now he can’t accept the mantle of of being a rich kid who skipped Vietnam through political favors. It should cost him.