Too often we think that individuals go to college in times of war, do so to avoid serving; and that may be true in some cases. Yet, many go to college in times of peace or without a draft, so it easy to conclude that many students going to college during the Vietnam War would have gone anyway.<quoted text>
I don't doubt that Axelrod & Co. are smearing Romney, but there is plenty of accuracy in many of the criticisms. Romney and/or Ryan supported Dubya's big government programs (e.g. TARP, airline bailout, steel tarriffs, Medicare Part D, Patriot Act, earmarking, ethanol subsidies, NCLB, gutting the Freedom to Farm Act, etc.)
Re: the draft, perhaps I was not precise ehough. Like Clinton, Romney legally evaded service in Vietnam. However, if he was against the US SE Asia policy during the war he could have tried to serve in the National Guard or Peace Corps, or he could have volunteered for an armed forces speciality in which he was unlikely to be sent to Vietnam. Obviously, we have had plenty of president swho were not veterans, but anyone getting into national politics should know that his service record will be scrutinized -- especially if he is advocating a conservative foreign policy. Is that fair? Not necessarily. Is life fair? Often not.
Now considering the steller academic careers of Clinton and Romney, it is clear they were serious students. Both had gotten HIGH Lottery Numbers in the 1969 drawing and neither were in any danger of being drafted----they both persued their education after that. Conclusion: Neither were draft dodgers.