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Mulligans: The Bushism is back; Pelosi is still perfect; Bristol dances the election sidestep

By Dana Milbank

Today's first mulligan goes to a man who has needed many -- on and off the course. George W. Bush, on the eve of the release of his memoirs, planted a fresh new Bushism on his first interviewer, NBC's Matt Lauer.

"Not everybody thought you should go to war," Lauer said of Iraq. "There were dissenters."

"Of course there were," Bush replied. "I was a dissenting voice. I didn't want to use force."

No, sir, you were not a dissenting voice. You were the president. If you dissented, there would have been no war.

It's good to have him back.

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Second mulligan: Dethroned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in an interview with Diane Sawyer, says she has "no regrets" -- thus giving herself one more statement to regret.

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Third and final mulligan for the first day of the new GOP era goes to Sarah Palin, who is having trouble perfecting her get-out-the-vote effort. Even in her own household. Dancing star Bristol Palin confessed on television that she did not mail her absentee ballot back to officials in Alaska, where her mom was playing a prominent role in a fiercely contested Senate contest. "Sorry mom," Bristol said.

By Dana Milbank  | November 3, 2010; 8:26 PM ET
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Comments

Too bad Bush didn't start his book tour a day earlier. The Democrats would have won in a landslide!

And it was Dick's decision, so don't diss the dissenting "decider."

Posted by: divtune | November 4, 2010 2:18 AM | Report abuse

To the ideologically blind Cheney-puppet, dissenters were all godless America-hating homosexual, pot smoking, bicycle riding pinkos. To the Divider-in-Chief, once you're "at war", everyone must be for you or their against you. If they're against you, waterboard them!

Yup, let's bring the torture-loving culture warriors back.

Posted by: thebobbob | November 4, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

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