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This was the headline that woke me up with a start

Bush job approval rating higher than Obama’s

At first, I thought they compared them at the same point in the presidency, but no. This is today. After all the “Bush tax cuts” in the news, the unprecedented, historical Jr.jr finally accomplished his mission of restoring the Bush  name. Now the donors can finally start Jeb’s campaign!

W scored a 47 to Obama’s relatively high 46. Politico is gleeful and makes pronouncements such as

Bush’s 47 percent approval rating also raises serious questions about the wisdom of the White House’s decision to relentlessly attack him in the months before the Democrats’ historic losses in the midterm elections. The president had kept warning a House Republican majority would return to Bush-era policies. But Obama’s message did little to galvanize the liberal base, and independents flocked to the GOP on Election Day.

Bush’s rebound gives some credence to what he has long said — that history will eventually judge his presidency.

Indeed, if Obama had made one mistake  these 2 years, was not to praise W enough. The Newspeak is already in place

So, it took Obama 2 years to go from Messiah, to historical and unprecedented, to “at least he’s not McPalin” to “not quite W” to “remember the good old W days?”. His handlers ought to be proud of him!

In other former presidents news

John F. Kennedy remains the most popular modern president, with 85 percent of those surveyed saying they approved of his job performance. Ronald Reagan’s job approval was 74 percent. And Bill Clinton’s was 69 percent, up from 61 percent in 2006.
Take heart Obama! After 8 years of Jeb, your numbers will go up too. Slightly.

I eventually figured out the source of all the rancor against Palin on the right.

It’s not some quaint notion of “elitism” vs “populism” as David Brooks would have tried to make us believe when calling Palin a fatal cancer on the GOP – because if intellectualism was important to Rs, Brooks, what about this?

So, if anyone had any doubt of the real reasons, enter Babs.

Here’s the delicious account from the right

Barbara Bush Should Shut-Up

Apparently the woman who called Hillary a “bitch” (before the entire media got to it), is now bothering her beautiful mind with Palin

“I sat next to her once. Thought she was beautiful,” Barbara Bush said. “And she’s very happy in Alaska, and I hope she’ll stay there.”

That’s way mild by Babs’ standards, but the Rs who had enough of the Bushes are incensed.

This rant is so good it almost gets it right:

Crap like this from Barbara Bush leaves one no alternative but to respond to it. What, does she have another son, or a grand kid lined up for the job of President? Reagan handed your husband his, despite some misgivings, and he blew it, Barbara. And as much as I supported her husband and her son while they were in office, they’ve hardly gotten us to a great place. Guess what? If not for 9/11, GW may well have been a one-term-er, just like his father. He barely escaped losing to John freaking Kerry. In fact, he barely defeated Gore in 2000.

Close,but no cigar.

W barely escaped nothing: the truth is he didn’t win any election. Not in 2000 and not in 2004 either. Glad to see a R going at least near that.

Who knows? In 100 years or so, some Ds will wonder out loud why Obama got delegates instates he didn’t run or why California was skipped in the alphabetical roll call at the convention.

Yeah, this is schadenfreude.

And in 2012, if I want to cast a protest vote against Obama, I might possibly conceive a vote for Palin. Theoretically.

But never in a million years will I pull the lever for anyone called Bush.

Not enough people noticed this in my tabloid listing so I dedicated it a whole entry.

Remember when W’s recession which started November 2001 was written out by newspapers, WH flunkies as having started in November 2000?

It’s only fair that, having kicked his recession back to Clinton, W would want something back.

Remember the Millenium terrorist plot on New years 1999 that Clinton’s FBI foiled? It involved the Sears Towers.

Somehow, W incorporated it in his memoir and moved it 2 years later

Bush: Sears Tower was ‘a genuine target’

“People forget that the Sears Tower was a target — a genuine target, and the mayor responded, and his people responded, brilliantly to the threats,” Bush said, calling Chicago the “best-run city in America.”

Daley received the compliment responding with another bold lie

Daley returned the favor, praising Bush for the calm he exuded on the day the mayor called “Pearl Harbor for another generation.”

Which W eagerly grabbed and enhanced, teaching others to do what he did

“It was a stark reminder that I was not to create panic,” Bush said. “If you’re the head of an organization in a crisis, you’ve got to understand that the people who follow you will feed off your reaction. My recommendation to anybody who is confronting a crisis is to project calm—and that’s what I did.”

THIS calm

But who’s going to give us our copy of My pet Goat to read for 9 minutes?

And let’s not forget the “getting out of harm’s way” by “calmly running to a bunker.

The interview you gave may be scrubbed, but the words are indelible in people’s minds, oh, great wise teacher.

A non-surprising headline in Chicago Tribune

POLITICAL INSIDER: Unpopular and out-of-sight, President Bush not in demand for GOP

A satisfying first paragraph

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is busy on the campaign trail, helping candidates in races from Florida to Washington state. His successor, George W. Bush? Holed up in Texas.

and some well known facts

Republicans, who paid electoral costs in 2006 and 2008 for Bush’s unpopularity, are hardly clamoring for the 43rd president to join them on the campaign trail. After all, an Associated Press-GfK poll last month found 55 percent of all Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Bush and 51 percent blame him for the economic crisis that began on his watch.

Of course, Democrats campaigning on that blame makes it all more clear. But then how comes  we get these kind of warnings

“Democrats may want to think twice about bringing up former President George W. Bush’s name while campaigning this year,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

and these kind of  headlines

CNN Poll: Was Bush better president than Obama?

I would admit I thought long and hard about the answer. Here are the numbers

By 47 to 45 percent, Americans say Obama is a better president than George W. Bush. But that two point margin is down from a 23 point advantage one year ago.

From 23 point advantage! In only one year! I wonder what did it?

One more year, and Jeb will be ready to be voted in by popular acclaim. heck of a job, Barack, circle Ds!


More on candidates preferring Clinton rather thn Obama helping them

Dems who can’t risk Obama visit welcome Clinton to campaign

Yes, time to update the suck-up files. Karl Rove gives Millbank an interview and, because he has no power now, Millbank is actually printing the truth

After snarking at some outrageous Rove rewrites, Milbank finally issues a sweeping statement


Every article about George W. Bush ever written by Dana Milbank was wrong. The Post regrets the error.

Oh, yeah, we do to. But it’s not like anyone died because of it. Oh, wait…

Here’s one re-write NY Post attempted at the time

(Bush kept reading “My Pet Goat” after being told of the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, because he “wanted to project calm”). Pretty much everything gets corrected – the war in Iraq, Katrina, the Plame case (in which Obama sided with Karl)

But the most shocking correction to me – from the Old Bitch beer Millbank has to be this one

He describes at length how Clinton staffers “trashed” the White House, though investigators were “unable to conclude whether the 2001 transition was worse than previous ones.”

He actually offers a link to a pdf of the White House site (W’s white House) to prove this. Oh, Dana, Dana, Dana! Too bad you didn’t know about that when your paper – along with all the other papers were breathlessly reporting this story – along with AF-1 gate, presentsgate, pardongate! officegate and all the other screaming insults you hurled at Clinton after he left presidency with 68% approval rate. I bet in 20 years you work your way around those too. And then maybe even Whitewater ,  Vince Foster, Travelgate ,Troopergate and the rest you guys made up.

I wonder if this blanket correction also covers the extremely revealing Bush-Gore comparison he once made: Gore makes you feel like he’s better than you, although he isn’t while Bush doesn’t make you feel he is better than you, although he clearly is”

Or what about this masterpiece in butt kissing

In early evening, some 50 journalists and camera crews, along with a dozen aides and as many Secret Service agents, piled into a half-dozen white vans for the drive to the heavily fortified Bush ranch and its relatively modest limestone compound. (Reporters were not allowed in the main house but connived their way into the guest house by saying they needed to use the toilets.)

I needed a toilet after reading this too – in my own house. Here’s another helping if you can take it

A scrum of journalists followed the president from truck to chicken to cobbler. One tried, unsuccessfully, to pepper Bush with foreign policy questions. Another pleaded for more such private moments, moaning, “I miss you!” Still others wanted to know what the first lady thought of being called a “lump” by her husband. The answer? Off the record.

Yeah. Dana Millbank – the court jester of the Bushes. And now, Obamas.

I wonder what he’ll retract when Rahm goes away. or will he wait until the end of Obama’s term?

Not Your Sweetie

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