Make him deny it

Who am I to say whether George W. Bush went AWOL in the ’70s or what drugs he may or may not have been taking in those days? There’s no way I can know and there’s no reason why General Clark or any other Democratic politicans should have to distance themselves from a thorough investigation of the allegations. Let them spin it? Deserter? How dare you impugn this fine upstanding WASP iconoclast, you rapscallion you! He was merely away without leave, failed to muster, marked absent, no explanation still extant in the files, fancy that.
But, no one asked Republican politicians to distance themselves from those who called Clinton a draft-dodger (instead of what he actually was, a Presidency-lusting weasel).