As Instapundit points out this morning, Scott Lindlaw of the Associated Press tries really, really hard to link Bush’s appearance at the Daytona 500 Sunday back to the story about his National Guard service.

Writes Lindlaw:

With his wife, Laura, trailing him, Bush walked the pit, mingling with drivers, shaking hands with fans. He peered into car No. 16, sponsored by the National Guard, and if the car reminded him of the tempest swirling around his own service in the Texas Air National Guard, he didn’t show it.

Scott also looks back, with this non sequitur: “The president got a much warmer reception than Bill Clinton did when he visited a NASCAR race as a candidate in September 1992, when the question of his lack of Vietnam-era military service was dogging Clinton.”

Evidently if you send Lindlaw to a NASCAR race, instead of journalism you get armchair psychoanalysis and a history lesson. We can’t wait to see how he covers the NCAA tournament.

—B.K.

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Bryan Keefer was CJR Daily’s deputy managing editor.