Another cheerleader from Texas

If Bush fatigue disqualifies Jeb Bush from seeking office, it certainly should disqualify Rick Perry. “Bush on steroids” is putting it mildly. Shallow charisma. Check. Though I doubt most voters would want to have a beer with Perry. Macho posturing. Check. Macho asshole may be a better way to describe Perry, who carries a laser-sighted […]

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Bush vs. Perry?

Jeb Bush had been adamant about not running in 2012. Now, “You never say never.” Could it have something to do with Rick Perry, who seems likely to seek the GOP nomination? One longtime observer of Lone Star politics described the Bushes’ disdain of Perry as ‘visceral,’ and it is not too terribly hard to […]

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Bush 2012?

The GOP field for 2012 is pretty weak. Mitt Romney is as phony as they come, having reversed himself on everything from health care to gay rights. Newt Gingrich, like John Edwards, cheated on his cancer-stricken wife. Tim Pawlenty? Meh. Then there’s the idiot Palin. I’m not endorsing Jeb Bush, but of the names mentioned […]

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Significant ammo for those who think Bush, while in charge and ultimately responsible, was a useful dupe: [Donald Rumsfeld] gave President George Bush secret intelligence briefs headlined with biblical quotations, in a bid to boost his standing with the deeply religious president but one that risked sparking a conflagration in the Muslim world if the […]

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“what a waste it is to lose one’s mind. or not to have a mind is being very wasteful”

Dan Quayle has nothing on George W. Bush: “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” — Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004 “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?”— Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000 “Too […]

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the bizarro president

At his last formal news conference, Bush at one point said: “Don’t tell me the federal response was slow when there was 30,000 people pulled off roofs” not long after the hurricane passed over the Gulf Coast. I guess he still believes Brownie did a heckuva job.

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where’s w?

Some conservatives are criticizing Obama for vacationing in Hawaii while the Middle East teeters on the brink of war. But what about the current president? He’s in Crawford on what must be the 1,000th vacation of his presidency. Apparently he couldn’t wait another three weeks to clear brush. And what of his pledge to broker […]

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sunday reading

Yep, we were biased, writes the Washington Post ombudsman: The Post provided a lot of good campaign coverage, but readers have been consistently critical of the lack of probing issues coverage and what they saw as a tilt toward Democrat Barack Obama. My surveys, which ended on Election Day, show that they are right on […]

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comparing mccain to wallace

Forget what John Lewis said. John McCain is no racist, but his unfortunate transformation from maverick reformer to Republican hack is somewhat reminiscent of George Wallace’s journey. In 1952 Wallace was elected a circuit court judge in Clayton. Civil rights attorney J. L. Chestnut remembers those days, recalling that Wallace was the first judge to […]

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