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Former President George W. Bush. AP Photo.

1. The chairmen of the two Republican campaign committees defended the presidency of George W. Bush in television appearances over the weekend, a preview of the GOP's planned pushback against expected Democratic attacks on the last president.

"People had jobs when Republicans were not only in charge but George Bush was there," said National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press".

John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" program that "Bush's stock has gone up a lot since he left office," adding: "I think a lot people are looking back with more fondness on President Bush's administration, and I think history will treat him well."

The rhetoric from Cornyn and Sessions reflects a gamble by Republicans that Bush, who left office in 2008 deeply unpopular with broad swaths of the American public, will, as almost every president does, rebound in terms of his public image as time passes.

To date, that softening in public opinion has yet to occur. In April, a CBS/New York Times poll showed just over one-quarter of the public (27 percent) saw Bush in a favorable light while 58 percent viewed him unfavorably. In a June NBC/Wall Street Journal survey, 50 percent said they felt negatively about Bush while 29 percent had positive views. (The percentage of people feeling "very" negative -- 31 percent outstripped all of those feeling positive.)

And, polling suggests that Bush is still broadly blamed for the current state of the economy, which almost certainly will be the top-of-the-mind voting issue this fall. Fifty nine percent of respondents from a Post/ABC News poll in April said Bush was more to blame for the current state of the economy while 25 percent put the blame on President Obama.

It's not surprising given those numbers that Democrats are doing everything they can to remind people about Bush -- and, more broadly, what Republicans did they when they ran Washington -- heading into the midterms.

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (N.J.) insisted that the November election will "be about whether or not we go back to the Bush economic policies that they espouse."

But, elections are almost always about the future, not the past. While there is, without question, widespread and lingering distaste with Bush's presidency, it's not clear whether that is a vote motivator for most people.

2. As allegations of sexism fly among the top GOP candidates, a new poll shows former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel surging to a lead ahead of tomorrow's closely contested Republican gubernatorial primary.

Handel, boosted in part by an endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) and a TV ad that highlighted her position as the lone woman running against three men, now leads the primary field with 29 percent. Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, the longtime frontrunner, has slipped to second place with 22 percent with former Rep. Nathan Deal at 20 percent and former state Sen. Eric Johnson at 13 percent.

The numbers signal that the race has shifted quickly to Handel's favor in recent weeks. In an early July poll conducted by Survey USA, Oxendine led with 32 percent, trailed by Handel at 23 percent and Deal and Johnson at 12 percent each. And in late June, Oxendine was far ahead with 34 percent while Handel and Deal were in the high teens. If no candidate gets 50 percent tomorrow, which is likely, the two top vote-getters advance to an Aug. 10 runoff.

As polls show the GOP race tightening, things took an ugly turn over the weekend. Handel accused Deal of sexism after the former congressman's campaign issued a release stating that "real women" support him; Deal said the accusation was "absurd." Johnson, meanwhile, accused Handel of "playing the gender card" in her TV ad

The winner of the Republican nomination will likely face former Gov. Roy Barnes, who leads the Democratic field with 54 percent and appears on track to win the nomination outright, in the fall.

3. National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) said in an interview airing Sunday that taking over the Senate probably won't happen until 2012 at the earliest, and he suggested he might want to stick around for another term as chairman in order to finish the job.

Cornyn noted on CSPAN's "Newsmakers" program that more than twice as many Democratic seats are up in 2012 as Republican ones -- the result of widespread gains made by Democrats in 2006.

"I think it's going to be a two-cycle process," he said. "We have a structural opportunity to turn the corner there."

Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, Cornyn declined to predict Republicans would retake the Senate this year. He noted on both shows that Republicans are tied or ahead in races for eight Democratic-held seats.

Cornyn, who isn't up for reelection until the 2014 cycle, also strongly hinted that he might want another term as chairman -- something done in recent years by successful Democratic chairman like Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Chris Van Hollen (Md.) and regarded as a boon to the party due to the institutional knowledge two-time chairman carry.

"I'm open to that possibility," Cornyn said.

4. While former Colorado Rep. Scott McInnis steadfastly insists that he is not dropping out of the gubernatorial race, the fallout over a plagiarism controversy swirling around him appears to be taking a very real toll on his bid.

Three of McInnis' top staffers -- political director Dustin Zvonek, policy director Mac Zimmerman and regional director Tyler Houlton -- parted ways with the candidate over the weekend after reports last week that a series of articles McInnis was paid $300,000 to write for a foundation turned out to be plagiarized. (McInnis has stated that he plans to pay back the full amount to the Hasan Family Foundation.)

On top of the staff departures, a Survey USA poll released Friday showed that McInnis' support among Colorado Republicans has dropped off considerably since the scandal broke last week. In the poll, 20 percent of previous McInnis supporters said that they will now back another candidate -- presumably businessman Dan Maes -- in the Republican primary while 39 percent said they will continue backing McInnis.

The poll also showed that 48 percent of Republicans familiar with the scandal said that McInnis should stay in the race, while 37 percent said that he should drop out. Asked who would be the strongest Republican nominee, 64 percent of those surveyed chose a candidate besides McInnis.

Adding to the pressure on McInnis, the editorial boards of the Denver Post, the Fort Collins Coloradoan and the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel last week called on the candidate to bow out.

Even if McInnis ultimately weathers the scandal and survives his August 10 primary against Maes, the controversy is likely to provide ample general election fodder for the campaign of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (D).

5. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn't the only Nevada Democrat rebounding in the polls as a new independent poll shows Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) in a statistical dead heat with her Republican challenger -- an improvement since the last survey in the race.

The poll, conducted for the Las Vegas Review-Journal by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, shows Titus at 42 percent to former state Sen. Joe Heck's (R) 40 percent. In April, Heck led 49 percent to 44 percent.

The freshman Congresswoman's favorability rating is still positive, but just barely so, at 42 percent favorable and 41 percent unfavorable.

The previous poll was conducted just after the health care vote, when the bill was more unpopular than it is now. Titus voted for the bill.

Most important in this swing district that takes in large swaths of Clark County (Las Vegas) suburbs are independent voters. They are currently split 39 percent apiece between Heck and Titus.

The Review-Journal poll also shows the governor's race narrowing, but former federal judge Brian Sandoval (R) still leads by double digits, 47 percent to 36 percent, over Reid's son, Rory.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 19, 2010; 6:52 AM ET
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I guess you guys don't remember the day GW Bush was being sworn in the economy was falling. 6 months later 9/11 attacks happened. You see the problem is this Bill C was handed a great economy. What did he do with it.....Gave the enemy nuclear weapons plans. Handed over a economy with bad laws....Like no matter how much a home loan was over priced the banks must approve the loan (fair housing act (Bill C)). You see it takes time for a presidents choices to come into effect. What was sad we saw the Bill C years while Bush was president. Today people are not smart enough to figure out it takes years for a presidents policy to take place. Bill C had the Reagan years to ride out ( made him look good). Bill C made Bush look bad by destroying the country.

Posted by: tracytoday | July 22, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I almost fell out of my chair laughing at this, the latest Cornyn absurdity.

Posted by: ejs2 | July 20, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

They ran from him in '08 because of the utter disaster he was....and if they attach to him now, they will be slammed AGAIN

All Democrats are probably on their knees begging right-wingers to try and be Bush again

Basically handing the Democrats a victory

Posted by: Bious | July 20, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

"It took Bill Clinton 8 years to get the budget back to a projected surplus but because of Reagan's projected deficit the debit increased to $5.5 Trillion.

Do I need to tell you again the debt was $10+ Trillion Dollars when GWB left office along with an $8-12 Trillion Dollar projected deficit over the next 10 years."

Good points. Also, the privateers of the Reagan Revolution ceased control of the:

- Healthcare system to give themselves tens of billions in bonuses, and introduce 800 billion dollars a year in unnecessary overhead
- Publicly held power monopolies which then doubled and tripled the electricity rates

This was the largest redistribution of wealth away from middle class to the wealthy in US history. Then they went and gave themselves giant tax cuts on our children's credit cards.

Not another vote or nickel from me until they face up to the mess they made and start acting like responsible adults.

Posted by: themoderate | July 20, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Trying to repackage Bush is yet another example of why the GOP has failed as the minority party. Bush is the idea of the week---throw it against the wall to see if it sticks-see if the voters are listening. That isn’t governing-that is playing with silly putty. It’s a symptom of a larger problem with the party. There is an interparty war ongoing for its ownership. Republicans should offer policy alternatives, not just say no, gripe and move to the next problem. That is their default position on everything but tax cuts for the super-wealthy. Guess the fault line are bigger than I thought
Lacking any leader of substance and owning no agenda beyond being against any Democratic policy initiatives, they have not made the sale as being the party to put back in power in the fall. Think about that!

Posted by: radiantgold | July 20, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

George Bush and the GOP put this country in the ditch, and they did a great job of it. Now they stand on the sidelines and wring their hands and howl about how the Democrats are fixing the wreck.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 20, 2010 6:21 AM | Report abuse

People had jobs under Bush only until they all lost their jobs under Bush. George W. Bush couldn't destroy the United States right away. It took him 8 years to destroy it.

Posted by: murphyj87 | July 19, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

"Why is it that President Bush is unable to defend his own record? Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere"

Because even a fraudulent defense of his administration would require that he have some idea of what happened during that administration, and it would require reading out loud things at least marginally more difficult than "My Pet Goat."

It is quite a feat, articulating a public defense, when your concept of a great public speech is to mumble incomprehensible platitudes.

That and he would have to give a talk that nobody paid to hear.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 19, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

George Bush did nearly as much to destroy this country as any president before him.
I do not want him back.
It because of his efforts as President that allowed the present Fraud to become the office holder.

Posted by: sadenoo | July 19, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

"People had jobs when Republicans were not only in charge but George Bush was there," said National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions.

Of course, what he doesn't bother to mention is that they got those jobs under Clinton. For his first administration George had a net loss of jobs, the first president to have that particular blot on his record since employment and jobs statistics began to be collected. Then came his next two years, essentially flat or in negative numbers. And of course he stood around with his deer in the headlights look for the last two years, when all the Republican Voodoo Economics packages finally came home to roost and the Nation rushed hell bent for deep depression. Only the providential election of Obama prevented that. Had Bush had another six months to his economic disaster and he would have permitted the total collapse of the American Economy. It was only the Repubicans desperation to do something to give their candidates a chance to win, (like everything else they did far to little and way to late) that kept that from happening. Even then the entire thrust of the efforts the Bush Administration made consisted of rescuing some of the big banks and AIG.

And Americans need only a little memory refreshment to get them to remember things like that. Memory refreshment like McConnell and Kyl saying that Unemployment Insurance payments require deficit spending and are therefore unacceptable, but Tax Cuts for the rich are deficit financing and therefor are absolutely essential to keep the America that John Boehner knew in existence.

Tieing Bush around Republican's necks, when they insist on wearing him like a Christmas present Tie, isn't going to be all that hard.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 19, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

The ONLY trouble with this country is that there are too many stupid people in America. That's it! Now I'm not saying stupidity should be a crime, but let's just remove the warning labels off of everything, and let the problem solve itself. The Americans that are left WILL NOT VOTE AGAINST THEIR OWN BEST INTERESTS! They won't vote for Tax Cuts for the wealthy! They won't allow their country to invade another country and ship PALLETS FULL OF SHRINK WRAPPED MONEY that suddenly disappears when you turn your back. The ones that are left won't accept FORGED DOCUMENTS ABOUT URANIUM FROM NIGER! The ones that are left won't ALLOW NO-BID CONTRACTS with their Vice-Presidents old company! The ones that are left will ensure that THEIR SPINACH, PEANUT BUTTER, TOMATOES & BEEF is safe to eat because the Government will inspect these industries, instead of putting them in charge!

That's it, just get rid of the stupid Americans and we can all move forward. Now if you will excuse me, there are several Billions of Dollars in Tax Payer money at an airport in Baghdad. If I don't hurry, I won't get my share.

Posted by: Taylorsucram | July 19, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line:
How many republicans will ask GWB to campaign "WITH THEM"?
Nuff said!!

Posted by: knjincvc | July 19, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Sure is a lot of Jimmy Carter bashing ... I wonder how many of you were old enough to vote in 1976-1980?
I know, I know it a CYA for the disastrous job Reagan started the country down.

When Carter left office the debt was $904 Billion dollars (Less than a Trillion),

When Reagan left office the debt had magically jumped to $4.5 TRILLION DOLLARS.

It took Bill Clinton 8 years to get the budget back to a projected surplus but because of Reagan's projected deficit the debit increased to $5.5 Trillion.

Do I need to tell you again the debt was $10+ Trillion Dollars when GWB left office along with an $8-12 Trillion Dollar projected deficit over the next 10 years.

But back to Carter who had to deal with inflation caused by our close Saudi Arabian friends who doubled the price of oil, inflation left over from the Vietnam War, inflation caused by Nixon's wage and price freezes, going off the gold standard.

Carter's job creation record (the best of any president since) and increase in working man's income (17%). His foreign policy and military handling may be better than Reagan's. Reagan sold AWAC's to Saudi Arabia, arms (especially F4 spare parts) to Khoumeni and Saddam resulting in the war claiming over a million lives for more oil production and hostage release. He walked away from Charlie Wilson's war enabling Bin Laden/Mullah Omar to take over Afghanistan to effect 9/11. He bugged out of Lebanon after the suicide truck bombing of our barracks. He did not launch a replacement satellite viewing Russian ICBM fuel ups for 18 months fearing political damage after the Challenger disaster. The only lasting job creation was done by an expensive investment tax credit in 1986 dropped in 87 as a budget buster. His voodoo economics caused the recession of 82-83, 90,91 and cost Bush Sr. the election when he moved too late to raise taxes and cut the budget, which Clinton enjoyed after when the economic effects kicked in."

Posted by: knjincvc | July 19, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

From: TAX FAIRY WATCH.... Roll Call had a fascinating headline today, following Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) appearance on CNN over the weekend. The headline read:

"McConnell Blasts Deficit Spending, Urges Extension of Tax Cuts."

This is just what I mean. McConnell knows that the Bush tax cuts are a major source of deficit spending but wants to keep it anyway. Dishonest. Cynical. Undisciplined. Won't get my vote or another nickel of mine until they face up to the truth and start acting like adults.

Posted by: themoderate | July 19, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Unemployment might have been lower while Bush was still in office, but it wouldn't have been for long. The financial meltdown would have occurred even if Republicans had retained the White House -- there is no way they would have been able to reverse that any more quickly than the Democrats have. And if the Republicans in Congress had then attempted to deal with the disaster only with an endless series of tax cuts --and no way to match the loss of federal income -- things would have been even worse. And if they had then decided to cut all kinds of government programs to save money, they would have been contributing even more to unemployment as well as adding to the hardship of the Americans who benefit from those programs.

I honestly can't understand how Cornyn can be thinking that making that claim about Bush is going to be a good idea. But then there is virtually nothing about Republicans that I understand or agree with.

Posted by: sally1860 | July 19, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

I was busy transitioning from academic to semi-academic at the time, so NetSlaves wasn't the kind of place where I'd post. I thought it might catch your attention. It does have some notoriety amongst flame wars. I think I first looked it up when you were transitioning to G&T. Cheopys was briefly a user name here and I thought it might be you.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 19, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

"What we have on this blog is blantant hostility on the part of the leftists toward any conservative voices."

Actually, what you have is a lot of people who were hurt by disastrous conservative programs expressing the truth of the situation.

The Bush conservatives Republicans:

- Destroyed pay-as-you-go
- Cut taxes for their rich patrons
- Ran a pork barrel spending spree
- Ran up eleven trillion dollars in debt
- Cut IRS audit staffs to let off tax cheats
- Put two wars on credit
- Cut staff at financial regulatory agencies
- Failed to prosecute corporate frauds
- Destroyed 7 million jobs
- Subsidized companies shipping jobs overseas

Sorry to say it, but those are the facts. Voodoo economics failed. There has been no agonizing reappraisal among conservatives coming to grips with how wrong-headed their policies are. BTW, I am a registered Republican who the party left behind when they started down this reckless path. They won't get my vote or a nickel until they come to terms with the failure of the Reagan Revolution and come up with something better.

Posted by: themoderate | July 19, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

someone whined;
“Me too. If Clinton just took things seriously, like the 93 bombing, and didn't setup more firewalls than Norton things could have been different.”

Hummm ... as most of recall the people who tried to blow the WTC in 93 were caught and tried.
Can you be a little more vague about setting up firewalls ... more rumor and innuendo.

Posted by: knjincvc | July 19, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

In the 70 plus some years of the Gallup Poll rating Bush went out with the lowest rating ever ,even lower than Carters.

We lost 3 MILLION jobs the last 4 months that imbecile was in office,I'm surprised he could find his way out of the door when he left.

Posted by: whales60 | July 19, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

TO: leapin who wrote:
We have a picture of The World Trade Center on a wall at home.
I always think of George W. Bush when I think of 9/11...and how it, or part of it could have been avoided. Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC
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“Me too. If Clinton just took things seriously, like the 93 bombing, and didn't setup more firewalls than Norton things could have been different.”
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

What an absolute joke. Would you like to blame Bill Clinton for George W. Bush NOT reading his presidential daily briefings too, and instead ignoring those briefings?

How about George W. Bush not moving a muscle and instead finishing reading his favorite book “My Pet Goat”? Was it President Bill Clinton that made Bush do that too?

How about when Bush flew over 100 members of Osama Bin Laden’s family members home after 9/11, when no American could fly, instead of holding them in jails until Osama Bin Laden surrendered or was captured? How will you tell that lie, that somehow Bill Clinton was responsible?

And how about Osama Bin Laden’s escape from Tora Bora, supposedly in an America Apache Helicopter, do you also think it was President Bill Clinton’s fault that George W. Bush had Osama Bin Laden flown away to avoid capture?

What about Iraq, did George W. Bush order the invasion of that country for any other reason than it’s the 2nd largest oil producing nation in the world, 2nd only to Saudi Arabia, or did President Bill Clinton make him do that too?

Moron.


Posted by: lindalovejones | July 19, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh, we "had" jobs under Bush?

And so why did we start losing them so rapidly "under Bush"?

Republicans are alergic to the truth.

Bush was losing jobs at the rate of hundreds of thousands per month, and to such a large, unstoppable degree that the American People wanted President-elect Barack Obama to start working before he was even sworn in.


Posted by: lindalovejones | July 19, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

The worst President is clearly Buchanan, with Obama a close second.


No one has divided the nation more than Obama - and strayed so far from their campaign platform as to render it the biggest pack of lies in American History.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis
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You obviously slept through 2001-2009.

Posted by: luridone | July 19, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Just look at the clutter and filth in this place.

Unless this promised moderation can seriously limit the ability of a few unemployed mentals to drown out all attempts at discussion, you guys at the Post should seriously consider just shutting this thing down.

Posted by: Noacoler
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Many would miss drindl.

Posted by: leapin | July 19, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Just look at the clutter and filth in this place.

Unless this promised moderation can seriously limit the ability of a few unemployed mentals to drown out all attempts at discussion, you guys at the Post should seriously consider just shutting this thing down.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 19, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Yes, people had jobs under Bush to BEGIN with, but then they didn't! He was losing 750,000 a month at the time he left office. First the Repubs say they want to go back to the Bush years, then say they didn't say it. Fortunately, everything is taped nowadays.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | July 19, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

What would you do leapin, if your entire agenda relied on keeping the truth hidden?

Is the economy really going in the right direction, without a doubt?

Is government health care really going to save money?

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for
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Hiding the truth eventually takes a toll on your health and peace of mind.

Uncle Joe Biden was on tv yesterday with the big, bold lie on the economy. Too little stimulus? You would have thunk a trillion could create one private sector job.

Healthcare??? You can get a free preview of Obamacare It's called Massachusetts and costs are not going down but then neither are premiums.

Posted by: leapin | July 19, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

We must all be very wary of John Cornyn. His climb up the ladder in Texas and his work for the Republican party demonstrate that he's thinking of only ONE thing. Why this moron thinks he could be president is beyond me, but it's not too early to invest in Cornyn dirt. Don't pay too much though, there's plenty to go around.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | July 19, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Apparently all the teabags / repukes have forgotten the catastrophe that was that moron w whose mess must now be cleaned up by adults.

Posted by: davidsawh | July 19, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

As a strutting little bantam from Crawford once said, bring it own.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 19, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

wow, Ped singlehandedly brought down another blog, or was that, she was banned from another blog and ruined it for everyone......again.

How did you find time while teaching Bill Gates how to write proper computer code?

Or is that all tied up with the new job every six months or so? how much longer before you quit based on personal and non negotiable rightousness?

I suspect you are plannning on throwing a moral hissy fit here soon based on the following post from the owner:


"By early next week, hopefully 37th, noa and others who clearly violate the rules of the comments section will be gone "
Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | July 15, 2010 8:05 AM

Maybe drivl will share in the couch cushions plunder she uses to exist before the Obama trickle up poverty kicks in.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

The Congress and current Administration have put the country on a course of reckless government spending that has mortgaged the future of all Americans especially future generations. The only way to fix this long term structural problem is to create a pro-growth atmosphere for business. To do this we must reduce taxes NOW. How many different taxes does a business or individual pay on a regular basis? We must eliminate number and complexity of all these taxes and reduce the tax burden.

We also need to end the micro-management of business and the economy. Until we GREATLY reduce the tax burden on business and consumers and remove the senseless regulations that accomplish little in relation to the cost they impose, our future is bleak.

REMEMBER IN November...VOTE THEM OUT!!!

Posted by: AngryMobVoter | July 19, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

What would you do leapin, if your entire agenda relied on keeping the truth hidden?

Is the economy really going in the right direction, without a doubt?

Is government health care really going to save money?

Are the Democrats really going to keep the House in the fall, without question?

Has Obungler really created or saved 3 million jobs or is the labor department lying about losing 2.5 million?


Has Obungler really been on the job since day one?

did berry ever rest until the leak was plugged?

See what I mean?

now consider insulting, , demanding censorship, blaming and playing the race card in reply. Or, you could defend the indefensible. Pick one.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse


We have a picture of The World Trade Center on a wall at home.

I always think of George W. Bush when I think of 9/11...and how it, or part of it could have been avoided.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC
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Me too. If Clinton just took things seriously, like the 93 bombing, and didn't setup more firewalls than Norton things could have been different.

Posted by: leapin | July 19, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Whenever leapin makes this argument he always makes it just about the Income Tax, leaving out the many taxes that even poor people pay.

Take leapin's argument to its furthest conclusin and the richest 1% of this country paid 30% of the income taxes, so I think leapin should be protesting VERY strongly for the rights of that 1%. Be a man, leapin. Those movie stars making a few million and all those lawyers and doctors and stock brokers making 300 and 400K and everyone in between are free loading off the Buffetts, Waltons and Bloombergs. There's your argument.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 19, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

We have a picture of The World Trade Center on a wall at home.

I always think of George W. Bush when I think of 9/11...and how it, or part of it could have been avoided.

Obama isn't perfect, because no President is. And politicians running for office, even less so.

If you're an angry Republican (really? WHEN are you going to let go? Now you know how it felt to live with 8 years of Shrub), anyway, consider what it would be like with McCain/Palin in charge. Not good.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | July 19, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

BB, were you on Netslaves? That was, briefly, one of the best message boards ever. Then they allowed Uncle_Meat to troll the place, turns out he secured some biz for one of the owners, and they started making exceptions to the strictly enforced posting rules for him, glaringly so, akin to zouk's carte blanche here ... he trolled mercilessly, constantly, around the clock, until he got pinned down on the famous Honda Cannon thread, culminating with me (as Cheopys) tearing apart his math.

He left in a crying huff, and the owners inexplicably exacted revenge on two thirds of the board's actual contributors, eviscerating discussion.

The final collapse came when the business arrangement was exposed, a few days of raw tyranny, then the end.

That wasn't a failure of moderation, that was a betrayal for some Chamber of Commerce gig for a sysop who went by "splat."

This blog needs to be moderated, and badly, frankly I think it should go to a New York Times format.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 19, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse


What we have on this blog is blantant hostility on the part of the leftists toward any conservative voices.


That much is clear.


The name-calling is constant - the infighting is out of control.


There is no rational, honest discussion from the leftists.


All the archives show this day after day, week after week.


The leftists have gone beyond uncivil behavior - they are at childish behavior now.


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis
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It looks like you have noticed this too. The leftists, taking a page from their leaders, attack their opponents rather than positively defend their failing leaders. Left with no answers and bewildered they attempt to have certain people banned from the blog.

Posted by: leapin | July 19, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"Dear Mr. Alexander,
I thought the post was going to start categorizing posters to help the rest of us read the sane comments..."

I'd prefer a category of *interesting*. TrueSlant has a nice way of doing this. The blog owner can highlight comments they think are worthwhile. Moderation can be tricky as one doesn't want a site to go the way of Netslaves.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 19, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

What we have on this blog is blantant hostility on the part of the leftists toward any conservative voices.

That much is clear.

The name-calling is constant - the infighting is out of control.

There is no rational, honest discussion from the leftists.

All the archives show this day after day, week after week.

The leftists have gone beyond uncivil behavior - they are at childish behavior now.

.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 19, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Popular mythology also suggests that the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts shifted more of the tax burden toward the poor. While high-income households did save more in actual dollars than low-income households, they did so because low-income households pay so little in income taxes in the first place. The same 1 percent tax cut will save more dollars for a millionaire than it will for a middle-class worker simply because the millionaire paid more taxes before the tax cut.

In 2000, the top 60 percent of taxpayers paid 100 percent of all income taxes. The bottom 40 percent collectively paid no income taxes. Lawmakers writing the 2001 tax cuts faced quite a challenge in giving the bulk of the income tax savings to a population that was already paying no income taxes.

Rather than exclude these Americans, lawmakers used the tax code to subsidize them. (Some economists would say this made that group's collective tax burden negative.)First, lawmakers lowered the initial tax brackets from 15 percent to 10 percent and then expanded the refundable child tax credit, which, along with the refundable earned income tax credit (EITC), reduced the typical low-income tax burden to well below zero. As a result, the U.S. Treasury now mails tax "refunds" to a large proportion of these Americans that exceed the amounts of tax that they actually paid. All in all, the number of tax filers with zero or negative income tax liability rose from 30 million to 40 million, or about 30 percent of all tax filers.[17] The remaining 70 percent of tax filers received lower income tax rates, lower investment taxes, and lower estate taxes from the 2001 legislation.

Consequently, from 2000 to 2004, the share of all individual income taxes paid by the bottom 40 percent dropped from zero percent to –4 percent, meaning that the average family in those quintiles received a subsidy from the IRS. (See Chart 6.) By contrast, the share paid by the top quintile of households (by income) increased from 81 percent to 85 percent.

Expanding the data to include all federal taxes, the share paid by the top quintile edged up from 66.6 percent in 2000 to 67.1 percent in 2004, while the bottom 40 percent's share dipped from 5.9 percent to 5.4 percent. Clearly, the tax cuts have led to the rich shouldering more of the income tax burden and the poor shouldering less.

Posted by: leapin | July 19, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The worst President is clearly Buchanan, with Obama a close second.


No one has divided the nation more than Obama - and strayed so far from their campaign platform as to render it the biggest pack of lies in American History.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 19, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

What about the FREE TRADE deals?


You don't think they are hurting this country on a long-term basis ?


They are.

That was Clinton.

People do not realize that it takes time for the economic effects of government policies to hit -

Clinton DE-REGULATED the derivatives markets - no on wants to talk about that.

Clinton repealed Glass Steagall - he could have vetoed that bill.


Clinton put his long-term appointees in charge of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - two major reasons for the present economic crisis which OBAMA REFUSES TO ADDRESS.

Blame Bush? It makes no sense - I know the shallow democrats want to blame Bush for everything - but it just does not hold up.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 19, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Of course the republicans think Bush did a great job....just think about it.....2 wars, still going strong ( simply can't spend enough on defense), the "Big Daddy" of all tax cuts, still saving those poor million/billionairs tons of money, the almost repeal of social security (they came sooo close, well, there's next time),NCLB...the program that dumbed down a generation of kids, just the way the GOP likes them....and the granddaddy of all, deregulation, everywhere and anywhere for everything.

So, ya old George did one hell of a job, he screwed over middle America like nothing we've ever seen. So glad that the republican midterm stratagy is to remind us all of how well loved 43 is.....it will make us all work that much harder to keep the rethugs from ever gaining another seat in governing.

Posted by: liberalwesterngirl | July 19, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans Neocon's ruined and already tarnished reputation of President Bush II.

They kept him in the dark and crapped on him.

Bush II tries to do good at the very end with Immigration and TARP

Then the GOP DISSES him like they did his Dad..

The GoP blames TARP and war in Afghanistan on President Obama.

THE GOP is a band of warlord thieves.

Posted by: vettessman | July 19, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Please, no more ‘Bush did it.’ Stop the daily two-minutes of hate against our new Emmanuel Goldstein. Bush is 19 months gone. No one forced President Obama to borrow $3 trillion, to nationalize healthcare, or to scare business with the neo-socialist talk of income-, FICA-, health- tax increases, and government takeovers that helped send unemployment from 7% to 10%. Bush reacted to 9/11 by going into Afghanistan and passing the Patriot Act without daily blaming Clinton for his appeasing of radical Islam. Nothing so diminishes a president as the trait of scapegoating a predecessor, nothing so erodes his stature as the teen-age habit of blaming someone else for one’s self-inflicted problems. Enough already. We’ve gotten to the point now that the audience cringes when Obama cites what he has done, as it mutters to itself, “here comes the “Bush did it.”” And, of course, it always comes just as we feared.

Posted by: leapin | July 19, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I was not surprise that Cornyn would pat himself on the back and praise Bush for how the economy was doing. However, there is a silver underlining, much of the so called prosperity was based on borrow and spend mentality over the last 30 years. At this point the amount of debt held by household as a percentage of GDP 92.8% down from 100% in 2007 while the financial sector debt is at approximately 115% of GDP.

Citing this is one reason why the economy will be a slow pace no matter who's in charge. Simply, the consumers are tapped out plus the bank are tightening credit making it much harder for small businesses to grow.

Posted by: beeker25 | July 19, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Since Bush's administration is NOW considered so wonderful, why not have GW come back and run against Obama.

That would be the real test wouldn't it. Conservatives on this site are saying that GW would win that contest.

R.I.G.H.T.

It was only 14 MONTHS ago, that GW's approval rating was 27%. Not years, MONTHS ago, everyone but 27% was glad to see the back of him.

And, now conservatives think the American people have group Alzheimer's disease and won't remember that? Talk about short term memory loss!

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 19, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

clearly your brain is unaccounted for, albeit your body appears to be present since you continue to type nonsense on this site.pray, what is the quinnipiac poll--something alaskan founded by sara and her snakehandlers. are you the same yahoo who cited Faux noose as the sourse of factual information about how all of america hates Obama and loves Benito Bush? my only question for you, dear: who WOULD Jesus disenfranchise?

Posted by: michaelleger1 | July 19, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Pres.G.W. Bush was a very good president, and compared to the Communist and racist white--people and America--hater, Barack Obama, a great president.

Posted by: armpeg | July 19, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Now that we have "experienced" what most of the ultra loon leftists thing, thanks to some link this morning to 'haters R us' or 'think progress' (which is neither) or some other brain dead loser site, we can consider what most of the actual population of good americans think about Mr Obummer, Observe:

Despite a commanding election win a new Quinnipiac University poll shows that more Americans now say Obama is performing “about the same” as or “worse” than President George W. Bush, and that he does not share their views on important issues.

The same poll showed that crucial independent voters disapprove of President Obama’s handling of a variety of issues in larger numbers than the general voting population.

The Quinnipiac Polling Institute report, released Wednesday, shows that a majority of respondents said Obama’s performance in the last year is comparable to that of President George W. Bush, who suffered some of the lowest approval ratings in history.

Quinnipiac asked: “Do you think Barack Obama has been a better president than George W. Bush, worse, or about the same as President Bush?”

Forty-three (43) percent of voters said he was a better president, 30 percent said worse, and 23 percent said “about the same.” In all, 53 percent considered Obama “about the same” or “worse” than Bush.

and this poll was before the huge slide downward in Obunglers performance. Probabaly about two safe states left for Obummer.

you liberals sure are loud. good thing you only get to vote twice, even if you're dead.

but I don't think many thinking voters are ver going to make THAT mistake again.

A community organizer. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

how'd that work out for ya?

got jobs?

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

worst.disaster.ever.to.steal.the.white.house.and.lie.his.way.into.a.war.and.murder.4500.Americans.and.100000. Iraqis.Thief.Liar.Murderer.Traitor.Panderer.Brain.dead.waste.of.genetic.material.

Posted by: michaelleger1 | July 19, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

worst.disaster.ever.to.steal.the.white.house.and.lie.his.way.into.a.war.and.murder.4500.Americans.and.100000. Iraqis.Thief.Liar.Murderer.Traitor.Panderer.Brain.dead.waste.of.genetic.material.

Posted by: michaelleger1 | July 19, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

There is no such thing as a 'modern liberal'.. they are as deeply rooted in their outdated dogma as to rival their admittedly stodgy GOP generation of swine.

Posted by: newbeeboy | July 19, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

“ liberal judges know more than founding fathers.”

How many judges did Clinton appoint vs. the number of judges appointed by Reagan, GHWB and GWB?

Surely there are far more republican appointed judges than Clinton appointed judges, any judges Carter appointed have most likely retired by now.

So who are the liberal judges?

How would you describe the current activist SCOTUS now that corporations have the same rights as U.S. citizens?

Posted by: knjincvc | July 19, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

jontomus, don't forget that Gore did get more votes than Bush, but I agree, he should have gotten a lot more. His prideful refusal to keep Bill Clinton off the campaign trail did him in.

As for Kerry, he was a weak candidate. Not the worst (that would be Dukakis) but pretty bad.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 19, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

help the rest of us read the sane comments.


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why would you want to eliminate all the liberal voices from a liberal blog? without the fawning dinsaur media and its shills on the left, Obama and his cabal of thugs and gangsters stand no chance.

As it is, Fox news has delivered sufficient truth to the thirsty nation to properly illuminate the utter failures and inept policies of this administration to deliver the election back to the Repubs.

Plus there's that whole slow and stupid response thing regarding the oil spill, the war in afghanistan, the economy, the utter lack of any growth or jobs and the extreme leftism we didn't bargain for when we elected a community organizer to NOT lead us.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday I sent an e-mail to WaPo Ombudsman:

Dear Mr. Alexander,
I thought the post was going to start categorizing posters to help the rest of us read the sane comments.

His response:
My understanding is that the process of migrating to that system will begin in the coming weeks. It will not happen all at once, but will be phased in. I hope to write more about it soon.

Best wishes,
Andy Alexander
Washington Post Ombudsman

Posted by: knjincvc | July 19, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh, that's right. I keep forgetting that modern liberals....errrrr....that is. I mean progressives, or whatever new name you call yourselves these days to avoid embarrassement,

know more than anyone who ever lived!!

liberal judges know more than founding fathers. liberal politicians know more than generals. liberal hate mongers know more than patriots. liberal talk show hosts know more than voters. liberal death panels know more than doctors. liberal congress parasites know more than moms and dads.

I just keep forgetting to mind my place.

But Loud and Dumb, considering your display of intelligence here you must either be:

1 - not a liberal or
2 - not correct about liberals being smart

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Bush's and Cheney's treason is undeniable. Viz. "The New Pearl Harbor," Griffin, Ph.D..

The Gay Old Pervert party's foregoing a Hue and Cry to bring them to justice is Misprision of Treason...

All Caps, under those circumstances are acceptable.
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NEVER, NEVER, EVER TRUST A REPUBLICAN EVER AGAIN...NEVER VOTE FOR THE TRAITOR REPUBLICAN PARTY!!

Posted by: imZandor


well, since you put it in ALL CAPS, OK!!!

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: iamerican | July 19, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Anyone got an over-under for how many names the drooling idiots zouk and 37th will go through before the WaPo figures out how to permanently ban these pathetic, no-life morons?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 19, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

many of the ugly things the liberals say about Bush simply aren't true, they can't be true.

Deviousness? Malevolence, a desire to crush the middle class ... all of these kinds of things occur as an act of will, commission.

At both his best and his worst he was equally inattentive, incapable, incompetent, intransigent, insouciant, and in over his head.

I seriously doubt he wanted to leave the country in the complete mess he cursed us with at his departure.

And surely, he was the least intelligent member of his family. How we ended up with this guy as president I'm not sure. Maybe it's because you democrats put up Gore and Kerry against him ... neither of which could attract the independent vote.

So I blame the feckless democrats almost as much as the moronic republicans for having inflicted this imbecile on us.

Posted by: jontomus | July 19, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

NEVER, NEVER, EVER TRUST A REPUBLICAN EVER AGAIN...NEVER VOTE FOR THE TRAITOR REPUBLICAN PARTY!!

Posted by: imZandor


well, since you put it in ALL CAPS, OK!!!

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

"in fairly evaluating presidents, one should consider whether they were reelected or not.

Only a liberal loon would consider a two term president on par with a one term loser.

Try again.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse"

Sorry, McNumbnuts, but some of the worst presidents were two-termers. Bush43 of course, and also US Grant, another bottom-feeder (as president, not as a general).

The stupidity of American voters has no bearing on the relative incompetence of presidents.

Calvin Coolidge would surely have been reelected in 1928. BFD.

Try again, zouk, puke, kook, whatever your name is.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 19, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jblast2000 | July 19, 2010 9:44 AM

"And if you want to compliment Clinton then you have to give kudos to the Republican Congress under Gingrich..."

That bogus old dog won't hunt. History records that Clinton balanced the budget without a single republican vote. The Republicans then used it against Clinton to wrest control of Congress from the Democrats who had done the right thing for the country.

As to Gingrich, he was corrupt and his own people drummed him out of Congress for it.

By the way, the Republican voodoo economists predicted disaster from balancing the budget just like they are now. What we got instead of disaster was a virtuous cycle where public spending stopped crowding out private investment was job growth, productivity growth, economic growth, and wage growth.

As soon Bush won in 2000, the profligate Republicans killed pay-as-you go, gave tax cuts to their rich friends, and went on the largest pork barrel spending spree in history. The result: TEN TRILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT, Seven million lost jobs, and the Great Recession. Trickle down economics just don't work.

Now you complain that Obama needs time to dig out from the gigantic Republican mess. I hope the American people are not stupid enough to give these irresponsible spend thrifts power ever again. They will bankrupt us if they get it.

If we had stayed with Clinton's economic policies, we would now be reaping real tax cuts because there would be no interest to pay on the Republican national debt.

Posted by: themoderate | July 19, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans can't defend TRAITORS to the US Constitution!

Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield, Chow and the whole bunch ignored the constitution and did anything they wanted!!

Bush used the power of the President to influence Judicial decisions through his term in office and long after too.

The Republican party of today is the closed thing to an American Communist party! Republicans prefer to side with their Corporate Masters against the American people!

THAT MAKES THE REPUBLICANS TODAY TRAITORS TO AMERICA AND EVERYTHING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA STANDS FOR!!

NEVER, NEVER, EVER TRUST A REPUBLICAN EVER AGAIN...NEVER VOTE FOR THE TRAITOR REPUBLICAN PARTY!!

Posted by: imZandor | July 19, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

The worst President is clearly Buchanan, with Obama a close second.


No one has divided the nation more than Obama - and strayed so far from their campaign platform as to render it the biggest pack of lies in American History.

Hoover and Carter were Super Rockstars compared to Obama.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 19, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

In commemoration of Bush's service to science they have created a new genus-species entitled, "Nincus-Poopus".

Posted by: michaelcharliedelta | July 19, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

@DDAWD - Good thought. With comments slowing down, 37th and Zouk have started spamming. 7... 6... 5... 4... 3... 2... 1...

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 19, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

President Warren G. Harding, by many accounts the worst president ever.

Posted by: koolkat_1960


and yet, better than Berry Obungler. Don't give up hope, Loud and Dumb, there is still Jimmy Carter to beat for worst ever.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

In fairness to Bush43, Pierce, Buchanan, A Johnson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and Carter were probably worse presidents.

But that still puts Bush43 firmly in the EPIC FAIL category.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 19, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I guess the GOP wants Bush's policies back because of a 2009 Census Report that reads: "On every major measurement, the Census Bureau report shows that the country lost ground during Bush's two terms. While Bush was in office, the median household income declined, poverty increased, childhood poverty increased even more, and the number of Americans without health insurance spiked." So tell me all you GOPers and Tea Partiers, why you support policies that are killing the middle class?
Posted by: lddoyle2002
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So tell me Dbagging Free Lunch Partiers why do you support the liberal policies that created permanent government dependence and the welfare state that started in the 1960’s that have resulted in increased poverty and the decline of America through the present?

Posted by: leapin | July 19, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

in fairly evaluating presidents, one should consider whether they were reelected or not.

Only a liberal loon would consider a two term president on par with a one term loser.

Try again.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"In the severe economic downturn of 1920-21, there were no stimulus packages or bailing out of businesses “too big to fail.” President Warren Harding did what President Obama said can’t work. He actually cut government spending 23% and lowered income taxes for all groups. The economy righted itself and fueled the Roaring 20’s."

Proof that crack does horrible things. Here's a poster extolling the virtues of President Warren G. Harding, by many accounts the worst president ever.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 19, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Aprogressiveindependent


It is just that there are alot of unfounded charges against Bush out there.

The protocol USED TO BE that the new President did not criticize the former President.

AND former Presidents rarely said ANYTHING about the current Presidents.

Obama is DESTROYING THIS PROTOCOL AND TRADITION.

This is just another way that Obama is simply not respecting his office - and inviting criticism that he doesn't know what he is doing.

AT this point, Bush has every right to come out and SLAM OBAMA and his blame game.

Obama has been out of line for so long - and practicing deceptions for so long - that Obama is way outside of what is proper.


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 19, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I guess the GOP wants Bush's policies back because of a 2009 Census Report that reads: "On every major measurement, the Census Bureau report shows that the country lost ground during Bush's two terms. While Bush was in office, the median household income declined, poverty increased, childhood poverty increased even more, and the number of Americans without health insurance spiked." So tell me all you GOPers and Tea Partiers, why you support policies that are killing the middle class?

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | July 19, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

wild horses wrote:

“Your position is that AFTER Bill Clinton released the WILD HORSES into the woods - why didn't Bush go out and catch those WILD HORSES.
You are attempting to say this - AFTER the Wall Street lobbyists got what they wanted when Bill Clinton DEREGULATED the derivatives market - and after Bill Clinton repealed Glass Steagall - WHY didn't Bush fight the Wall Street lobby and get all those laws reversed ?
At the same time, there was 9/11 terrorist attack - massive security concerns - and the democrats took control of Congress in 2006.
So - your real question is - while the NATION WAS AT WAR, why didn't Bush clean up with Clinton did ?”

Wellll … first let’s admit, the POTUS has to be able to multi task. If he can’t then he doesn’t belong in office.

As for “NATION WAS AT WAR” … no we were not at war.

As an Vietnam Vet I know war when I see it and this was no war.

A nation at war does not keep the cost off the books, does not cut taxes to pay for the war.
A nation at war asks its citizens to sacrifice, restarts the draft so the same troops don’t have to serve multiple tours of duty in the war zone.

So yes, I’m saying GWB should have “DEMANDED” congress repeal Phil Gramm’s repeal of Glass-Steagall … screw Wall Street lobbyist.
Stop blaming Clinton, republicans had 8 years to fix anything Clinton signed, which BTW came from a republican controlled congress.
GWB demonstrated from day one he was going to complete Reagan’s plan … destroy the middle class.
It worked.

Posted by: knjincvc | July 19, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh look, only the most extreme leftist kooks still approve of Berry. and what do you know, every single one of them posted here today, before going off to watch Keith Olbermann.

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Most Arizonans no longer think Barack Obama is doing a decent job as president. A new Behavior Research Poll released Sunday shows that nearly four out of every 10 Arizonans now rate Obama's performance as poor or very poor. That's up 5 points from the same survey taken in January. (snip) A year into office, that had slid to 40 percent. But by the time pollster Earl de Berge conducted this latest survey, between June 30 and July 11,

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only 28 percent of Arizonans were willing to say they like the job he's doing.
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He is almost down into Pelosi/Reid approval territory. Pretty soon it will just be Krazy Keith and dingbat drivl left. Of course, neither will have a job.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

In fairly evaluating presidents one should separate domestic from foreign policies. For example, trying to determine an overall grade for L. Johnson is very difficult, as he was one of the ten best presidents in domestic policies, one of the two or three worst in foreign policies.

As to Bush II, blaming the recession mostly or entirely on him reflects ignorance of recent history. The repeal of Glass-Steagall when Clinton was president, permissive monetary policies were as much or more to blame than the Bush II policies per se.

Nonetheless Bush II was clearly one of the ten worst presidents in his domestic and foreign policies. His disastrous domestic policies included an overwhelming pro-business bias, at the expense of the environment, consumer safety, tax reductions unfairly benefitting the rich, repressive policies toward dissent, the misguided NCLB, inept response to Katrina, failure to seek regulatory powers as the housing bubble emerged and the return of huge budget deficits. Only A Johnson and Hoover were worse.

His disastrous foreign policies included the invasion, occupation of Iraq based on deception, contempt for international law, use of torture, indefinite detention, denial of climate change, doing nothing to promote peace between Israel, the Palestinians, and refusing to seek multilateral cooperation in dealing with regional, global issues. Only Truman, L Johnson and Nixon were worse, with McKinley comparable.

So how anyone could miss Bush II is beyond my understanding.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | July 19, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

We can only hope and pray that the GOP uses George W. Bush and reminds the public how this loser and his administration and the GOPers in charge of Congress ran our country into the ground -- and they want us to let them do it again! I guess they could do it again if they could once again find another clueless empty vessel like GWB to manipulate (maybe Sarah Palin?).

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | July 19, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Pampered populists

It's surreal to see President Obama play the class-warfare card against the Republicans while on his way to vacation on the tony Maine coast, and even more interesting to note that now gone are the days when the media used to caricature Bush I ("Poppy") for boating in the summer off the preppie-sounding Kennebunkport. The truth is that the real big money and the lifestyles that go with it are now firmly liberal Democratic.

One can use an entire array of evidence — the preponderance of Wall Street money that went to Obama over McCain in 2008, the liberal voting patterns of the high-income blue-state congressional districts, the anecdotal evidence of a Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, or George Soros, or the ease by which an eco-populist like Al Gore buys estates and creates corporations, or the rarified tastes of men of the people like John Edwards of two-nations fame, or John Kerry of multiple estate residences.

Bill Clinton was perhaps the first liberal president to embarrass progressive populists, who by rote caricatured those who played golf or amassed millions in post-presidential huckstering. The point is that Barack Obama's "them" rhetoric against those who supposedly make tons of money and won't pay enough in taxes to fund the Obama technocratic class's redistribution schemes seems almost fossilized. The more the polo-shirted Obama seems obsessed with golf, and the more he seems to prefer the landscape of the elite (who navigate the Ivy League, Silicon Valley, Hollywood, Upper East Side, Cambridge, etc.), the more we wonder whom exactly he's railing about.

Is it the less-cultured wannabe wealthy who don't make enough not to be hurt by high taxes, who send their kids to Penn State or Purdue rather than Yale, who run hardware stores or paving companies instead of inheriting estates or being CEOs for green companies, and who vacation at the lake with their powerboats and jet skis rather than bike through Tuscany? In short, Obama had better get the populist photo-ops down a lot better, since his calls to soak the rich from the 18th hole or the coastal vacation home look increasingly ridiculous.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse


knjincvcat 12:33


Your position is that AFTER Bill Clinton released the WILD HORSES into the woods - why didn't Bush go out and catch those WILD HORSES.


You are attempting to say this - AFTER the Wall Street lobbyists got what they wanted when Bill Clinton DEREGULATED the derivatives market - and after Bill Clinton repealed Glass Steagall - WHY didn't Bush fight the Wall Street lobby and get all those laws reversed ?


At the same time, there was 9/11 terrorist attack - massive security concerns - and the democrats took control of Congress in 2006.


So - your real question is - while the NATION WAS AT WAR, why didn't Bush clean up with Clinton did ?

OK.


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____________________________

But Let's Be HONEST - it was Bill Clinton who DID all these things -

It wasn't Bush - and to blame Bush and the Republicans solely is just WRONG.


This is the flaw in case which Obama is trying to make right now - it is HALF DECEPTION, HALF LIES


The problem is CLEARLY the democrats have gotten away with so many deceptions and lies - they don't want the hard reality of the truth anymore.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 19, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

"There is nothing nonsense about anything - all my views are well within the range of the mainstream - many of them were on the Sunday talk shows - so Im not far out there"

which is precisely why the moderators, not me, have banned you so many times.the count down for your departure has begun so go ahead and curse at me THIRTY SEVENTH.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 19, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Did John Cornyn fall down and hit his head or something? I'm in Texas and think he's a total embarrassment to this state. Always in goose step with the right-wing nuts and middle-class destructive GOP policies that put us in this mess in the first place. I hope he ends up in the dumper along with George W. Bush where he belongs. BTW, a group of historians already have rated GWB as one of the 5 worst presidents we've ever had.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | July 19, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Dina Titus is one of the most refreshing democratic candidates ever. Why she lost alst time was a puzzle.
Closet Cornyn is so out of touch with reality and probably stillin love with bush.

Posted by: crrobin | July 19, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Someone posted:
"The warning lights of the actual recession
were on even three years before G.Bush left
office. He even wasted the surplus left by the Clinton administration."

True, which is why GWB wanted to privatize Social Security, Jan 2007, doing so would have given Wall Street a Massive shot of investor savings which of course would have disappeared in 2008 but may have negated the need for a TARP rescue.
Either way Americans will pay for the "Great republican Recession"!

Let's be fare about Bill Clinton's surplus. It was accomplish with a republican controlled congress.
The travesty is GWB did nothing to build on the surplus. He squandered it with unfunded tax cuts, achieved by reconciliation, for the top 1% of tax payers.

Some American may hate the fact that the rest of America elected a black man POTUS but they know GWB and congressional republicans along with blue dog democrats destroyed the economy and will not forget it in November.

Posted by: knjincvc | July 19, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Under Bush, Americans borrowed and spent on a level never before accomplished, and Bush publicly applauded this behavior, while adding more than half a trillion to the federal debt every year, and cooking the books to hide that fact. How else would you propose to explain that the federal debt rose by $4.9 trillion ($600 bn/yr average) under Bush, even though he never admitted to a deficit over half the sizes of the real deficits?

As the American people, under his encouragement, ran up debts exceeding our annual GDP, Bush claimed credit for the condition of the economy. History has now revealed that the economic activity Bush was so proud of was, in fact, comparable to the frenzied activity of a stimulant abuser, just before the economy died of a massive heart attack.

Between irresponsible and systematically-hidden federal deficit spending, insanely unsustainable consumer spending of home equity cash-out financing proceeds, and unregulated hyper-inflation of the housing market, Bush couldn't have done the US economy noticeably more harm if he'd really been in collusion with the 9/11 terrorists.

Bush was never stupid; he's just bad. Everything he did has acted to undermine this nation's future security, from ignoring months of warnings prior to 9/11, to invading Iraq for no real reasons, to cheerleading while swindlers gutted the US economy. If you think he was just the hapless victim of circumstance, that he was innocent and stupid, why did you vote for him?

Nope. I think he's a swindler, and the people who voted for him were the fools. Without the extreme interventions of TARP and the stimulus, we wouldn't be talking about 10% unemployment, we'd be talking about 25%.

Posted by: lonquest | July 19, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Not surprisingly, Republican Senator John Cornyn may be nostalgic for Bush, but I am nostalgic for the Texas of LBJ, Ralph Yarborough, Lloyd Bentsen and Ann Richards. Where has that great progressive tradition gone?

Posted by: erickoe | July 19, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Unemployment was 4.2% when Bush took office. It was 7.7% when he left and continued to grow rapidly in the months immediately following his departure, reaching 9.5% by June 2009. It went lockstep with the bank and mortgage collapse the occurred on his watch. How the heck does any sane person conclude "People had jobs when Republicans were not only in charge but George Bush was there." Even for those in the middle class who had jobs, their real income actually declined under Bush. WTF Sessions?

Posted by: PA-WA | July 19, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

BB, just skimming through the comments, the link is probably from a liberal blog. Kos?

Posted by: DDAWD | July 19, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Finance whiz couldn't assemble two thoughts if they were smashed together in his Play doh squeeze tube.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

knjincvcat 12:33


Your position is that AFTER Bill Clinton released the WILD HORSES into the woods - why didn't Bush go out and catch those WILD HORSES.

You are attempting to say this - AFTER the Wall Street lobbyists got what they wanted when Bill Clinton DEREGULATED the derivatives market - and after Bill Clinton repealed Glass Steagall - WHY didn't Bush fight the Wall Street lobby and get all those laws reversed ?

At the same time, there was 9/11 terrorist attack - massive security concerns - and the democrats took control of Congress in 2006.

So - your real question is - while the NATION WAS AT WAR, why didn't Bush clean up with Clinton did ?


OK.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 19, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Easy to understand why the goobs try to beatify Reagan .. for a few short years before it all fell apart it was almost possible to believe all that junk was working. Didn't hear so much back then about how awful deficits are .. the defensiveness over the shabbiness and incompetence of the Bush years isn't lost on anyone, conservatives know the respect is dead, and yearn for that season of swagger of the 80s.

Won't work. Bush was a screwup and nobody's forgotten. And he used a telepromptrt and played golf too.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 19, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

leichtman


Your main desire is motivated by your partisan views - not anything else


YOU just want to be free to deceive and lie on this blog WITHOUT any response.

Well - that is what a blog is all about - you get a response.

Grow up - you are not a child.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 19, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

leichtman


There is nothing nonsense about anything - all my views are well within the range of the mainstream - many of them were on the Sunday talk shows - so Im not far out there.

YOUR intolerance for Freedom of Speech is troubling.

Perhaps you would prefer to live in a totalitarian country.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 19, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

On the plus side, Noa, one cannot spam a torrent. Somebody linked to the Fix, but I couldn't find it on Drudge or HuffPost.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 19, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Well Cornyn might be pining away for the "good ole days" of George W Bush but I'm not. And as Groucho Marx used to say, "It's a horrible thing to spend you life stuck up in a pine tree.

Posted by: dre7861 | July 19, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 19, 2010 12:11 PM

“ON the economy - the long-term effects of what Bill Clinton did more to DAMAGE the economy and cause the recession than anything Bush did.”

And for 8 years GWB was powerless with a republican controlled congress and helpful blue dog democrats.

You are defending a president who took 6 years to learn how to spell “VETO”!

Another WaPo straw poll and GWB and congressional republicans loose BIG!

Posted by: knjincvc | July 19, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

how many more days will we have to endure
37th's nonsense?

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 19, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who believes Bush should be praised for his 8 years of mismanagement is on pretty good drugs and I want to know if we can all get a supply.

Seriously for 8 years Bush blamed everything on Clinton so by his own admission he was responsible for nothing. I don't agree with Obama on everything but he does take some responsibility and so far on things he's referred back to Bush have been accurate (excuse me wasn't W in charge when he tried to give Wall Street 700 BILLION with NO accountability and the DEMOCRATIC congress refused, but 350 BILLION did go without any accountability just on the say so of Paulson's buddies on Wall Street - we need the money, please).

I had hopes that Republicans would come up with some useful ideas -- not that I would trust in them -- their ideas for the past 30 years put us in this ditch but they are Americans. Instead it was maybe I'll vote for it if you change this and that. Well you need to take this out - ok now it's ready to pass? I can't support it, you're Democrat, I'm Republican and I don't care if it helps America.

I will say this Republicans will do anything to win jobs for THEMSELVES. For anyone else? Not really feeling your pain sucker. Heard on news radio that the Republicans refuse to pass unemployment extensions because it would add to deficit - would cost billions (30). However they are pushing tax breaks to the rich -- 650 BILLION and well, if it adds to the deficit it's worth it. I mean do any of these people have morals? They would deny people without jobs any assistance but give tax refunds to people already making millions? I need their drugs and I also want to know which branch of Christianity they claim to belong to -- mine stresses helping those who need it, that it easier to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to go to heaven -- (sic) - I want to make sure I avoid those churches.

Posted by: Lemon7221 | July 19, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

In the severe economic downturn of 1920-21, there were no stimulus packages or bailing out of businesses “too big to fail.” President Warren Harding did what President Obama said can’t work. He actually cut government spending 23% and lowered income taxes for all groups. The economy righted itself and fueled the Roaring 20’s.

Instead of learning from President Harding and letting the economy right itself after the Crash of 1929, both President Herbert Hoover and FDR raised taxes, launched public works, extended emergency loans to failing businesses and lent money to states for relief programs. FDR further expanded government and initiated expensive entitlement programs. Sound familiar? Their policies didn’t save America; they extended the Great Depression.

Have you noticed that even progressive countries in Europe are balking at President Obama’s call for more spending to sustain our so-called “economic recovery?” Instead, world leaders are cutting budgets and curtailing expensive entitlement programs.

We face a similar time today. The administration said they could keep unemployment under 8% and that their stimulus plan would create jobs. Contrary to recent claims of jobs “saved”, his stimulus plan is not working, and those ‘too big to fail’ do not include you! Had Enough?

This administration said it would bring accountability to our federal budget, yet our nation faces escalating and catastrophic deficits that future generations will have to pay unless we change course. Had Enough?

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

George W. Bush, the W stands for worst, is responsible for the train wreck he sent this country into.

Two wars, one justified, one not. Neither paid for. Out-sourced getting Bin Laden. Failed.

Tax cuts for the rich, with borrowed money.

Bragged about the largest percentage of homeownership in history, just as millions were about to lose them.

Cowboy deplomacy, "Bring it on", when neither he nor most of his top advisors had never served. Cheney had 7 deferments!
F--- you, dead eye Dick.

Grew government faster than any other President, and then failed to uphold the Constitution several times, including spying on U.S. Citizens.

In 2006, Republicant candidates distanced themselves from him and his failed policies, but now they're embracing them?

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | July 19, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

The warning lights of the actual recession
were on even three years before G.Bush left
office. He even wasted the surplus left by the Clinton administration.
You cannot expect for somebody to come and fix it in five minutes.
He also left behind two very expensive wars
that were of his own.
" NO NATION COULD PRESERVE ITS FREEDOM IN THE MIDST OF CONTINUAL WARFARE."
Why then are the republicans trying to revive his image with "paid for" -to suit the customer- polls ?
George W. Bush is already a political cadaver.

Posted by: infinitus | July 19, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

The failure of Obamanomics has nothing to do with race—neither the president’s nor anyone else’s, despite what the left-wing extremists would have Americans believe. Rather, the failure of Obamanomics is the inevitable chaos that results when untested, inexperienced, academic ideologists put their pie-in-the-sky ideas into practice. Obama’s failure is what happens whenever any government uses its power against the people to take power away from the people.

With great economic power comes respect and flexibility—respect on the world stage and flexibility to enforce one’s ideological agenda. Instead, Obamanomics has created a trifecta of troubles—economic instability, government intrusiveness and an international perception of weakness.

Ronald Reagan understood that less government regulations yields more prosperity for Americans. So, it’s painful to watch Obama floundering, desperately attempting to lead, desperately searching for a silver-bullet solution to our country’s economic woes from his idea-deficient team.--all while the solution lies clearly before him.

How painful to watch Obama desperately trying to resuscitate his failed Obamanomics-Keynesian-based policies, desperate to abrogate the indisputable proof that Reaganomics works and Obamanomics doesn’t.

Ronald Reagan once said that “government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem”, and with the failure of Obamanomics, Obama has proved by his actions that Ronald Reagan was right.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

The recent flap between Pelosi and the White House over the mid-term elections shows two things clearly: Dems in congress are running scared and they are looking for someone to blame for their poll problems and their failed fiscal policies. In the past, Dems, who have blamed Bush, are now blaming Ronald Reagan for everything from the economy to the BP oil spill.

Reaganomics, so often derided by liberals, was an economic stimulus that fueled over 20 years of U.S. economic growth, job creation, prosperity, and international power. Obamanomics, in just 18 months, has been a spectacular failure, creating the potential for a $22 trillion dollars of public debt by 2020 that will take another 20 years to repay. While, internationally, Obama’s bowing, scraping and tin-cupping has created an image of weakness.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Who is this guy George Bush?

Wasn't he that guy who was Dick Cheney's Vice President or butler or something?

Posted by: walker1 | July 19, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

New Fix, huh?

Nearly 300 largely unintelligible posts, life is too short to wade through this bilge.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 19, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

This is a joke right? BUSH! You must be kidding. Will Mr. Obama ever get BUSH's messes cleaned up? Hopefully! We'll see. How about all of you Republican's start working on the unemployed workers in this country now instead of trying to hold onto you seats in Novemeber?

Posted by: jonacameronsr | July 19, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Re item 3: pop quiz, Chris. What's the plural of "chairman"? (Once is a typo. Twice in two sentences, that's less okay.)

Posted by: walkleftstandright | July 19, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

postaddict1:

" His administration of radicals and ignorant people need to go". Ignorant people? You must be joking? Geithner, Bernanke, Clinton, etc. This president has surrounded himself with some of the sharpest and best educated minds the country has to offer. Nearly all of his cabinet members have experience and were educated at top schools. Unlike the idiot he followed, someone I might add got into Harvard and Yale because he was a legacy - i.e. mommy and daddy got him in- he could not get accepted to the Univ. of Texas law school btw, Obama is not threatened by intelligence since he can go toe to toe with any of them.
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Dude, you should be auditioning for Leno's job because this was one of the funniest jokes I've ever heard.

1) Tax cheat Geithner one of the smartest people? This egghead couldn't figure out a computer program that millions of "uneducated" Americans use...
2) Bernanke - he was GWB's Fed Govenor and Chair of his economic advisors. Obama didn't know which way was up, so he kept Bernanke on.
3) Clinton - probably the smartest of the bunch, but the guy can't figure out what "is" is.

Before you assail GWB (and look carefully at the first three letters) how are you so sure about Odumbo's credentials? His transcripts have never been released and we've never seen his grades. Besides, Odumbo can't speak without a teleprompter. Keep working on that comedy routine, you might go somewhere unless Odumbo stays is office and then the only place you'll go is the unemployment line...

Posted by: freepost | July 19, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

The dirty secret that WaPo "Top Secret" series does NOT tell (fwd. to Dana Priest):

SECRET MULTI-AGENCY FED PROGRAM SILENTLY TORTURES, IMPAIRS, SUBJUGATES U.S. CITIZENS WITH CELL TOWER MICROWAVE WEAPON SYSTEM, FINANCIAL SABOTAGE, 'COMMUNITY WATCH' VIGILANTISM: VETERAN JOURNALIST

* Thousands of Americans slandered as "dissidents" or undesirables, targeted by Bush legacy program for debilitating, cell tower- based microwave assault, held hostage in their own homes to fed-supported vigilante "community policing" stalking units equipped with warrantless GPS devices, who vandalize and terrorize as local police look the other way.

* Electromagnetic radio frequency microwave/laser weapons -- a nationwide installation employing cell towers and satellites -- silently, invisibly induce weakness, exhaustion, mood changes, pain, head and body aches, physical and neurological impairment, strokes, aneurysms, cancer -- and many victims do not realize what is making them sick.

EXHIBIT A: U.S. Patent No. 7629918, held by Raytheon Corp., for the "Multi-functional Microwave Laser Radio Frequency Directed Energency Weapon System" -- deployed and operational in EVERY neighborhood in America.

* Regional Homeland Security- administered "fusion centers" reportedly serve as command centers for covert electromagnetic radiation attacks, pervasive surveillance, financial sabotage of those identified as "dissidents," "trouble-makers" or slandered as threats to society.

* Use of microwave weaponry to torture and impair political opponents recently confirmed by deposed Honduras President Manuel Zelaya.

* Pleas for justice, to local police and FBI, go unanswered -- as do demands for a Department of Justice Civil Rights Division investigation and congressional hearings.

"These are crimes against humanity and the Constitution, being perpetrated under the cover of national security and 'safe streets' by multiple federal and local agencies and commands -- an American genocide hiding in plain sight, enabled by the naivete of those who think 'it can't happen here.'" -- Victor Livingston, former reporter for WTXF-TV Philadelphia, Phila. Bulletin, N.Y. Daily News, St. Petersburg Times; producer/host, MSG Network Sports Business Report; columnist, NowPublic.com/scrivener.

See: http://www.poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2 (Journalism Groups -- REPORTING" section) OR

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

BUCKS COUNTY, PA- BASED MAGLOCLEN FUSION CENTER -- "Mid-Atlantic States Ground Zero of an American Gestapo"

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list).

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 19, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Geithner, Bernanke, Clinton, etc. This president has surrounded himself with some of the sharpest and best educated minds the country has to offer. Nearly all of his cabinet members have experience and were educated at top schools.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

And as evidenced by the oil spill, while a plumber came up with the design of the cap, Obiungler et al discussed the situation and theorized about what one would do and argued about who's fault it was and formed commissions and deployed the lawyers and........everything but actually take some action.

It took this guy 6 months to pick a dog. It went downhill from there.

go back to the faculty lounge Berry.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

"Why is unemployment so high? The whodunit has flummoxed economists in both parties for a year."

Because fascist plutocracy, the Roman Anti-Christ's 9/11-committing Bush-backers, have off-shored their capital in fear of the expropriation and extirpation the outraged People must, in Justice, mete out to them.

Posted by: iamerican | July 19, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

The GOP wants to remind us of POTUS Reagan but forget that "the highest unemployment rate in the post World War II era was 10.8% and that occurred a couple of years into the Reagan term of office"

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 19, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Considering the 27% who think Bush did a great job - how dumb are those people?

The Republicans have no choice but defend Bush and his Cult of Greed - the Democrats have forced them to. Their "Hell No!" scorched earth policies against Obama have people now asking - just what would they do differently? They have only the Bush poilicies to offer!

The Republicans have offered nothing in the way of alternatives - only the status quo. Their mindless resistance to the banking reform bill and calls to repeal it beg the question - what is the alternative to it - to strong government regulation of the banks - we can just trust the banks (as Bush and his fellow knuckleheads did)?

Trust business to do what is right? Trust the guys who's only objective are getting the highest return on investment - no matter what? Trust them to not do anything stupid? How'd that work out for you all?

BUSH II - the horror of horrors...

Posted by: alfa73 | July 19, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"Pakistan’s Elite Pay Few Taxes, Widening Gap
By SABRINA TAVERNISE

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Much of Pakistan’s capital city looks like a rich Los Angeles suburb. Shiny sport utility vehicles purr down gated driveways. Elegant multistory homes are tended by servants. Laundry is never hung out to dry.

But behind the opulence lurks a troubling fact. Very few of these households pay income tax. That is mostly because the politicians who make the rules are also the country’s richest citizens, and are skilled at finding ways to exempt themselves.

That would be a problem in any country. But in Pakistan, the lack of a workable tax system feeds something more menacing: a festering inequality in Pakistani society, where the wealth of its most powerful members is never redistributed or put to use for public good. That is creating conditions that have helped spread an insurgency that is tormenting the country and complicating American policy in the region.

It is also a sorry performance for a country that is among the largest recipients of American aid, payments of billions of dollars that prop up the country’s finances and are meant to help its leaders fight the insurgency."


Straight from the republican play book.

Posted by: knjincvc | July 19, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

The warning lights of the actual recession
were on even three years before G.Bush left
office. He even wasted the surplus left by the Clinton administration.
You cannot spect for somebody to come and fix it in five minutes.
He also left behind two very expensive wars
that were of his own.
" NO NATION COULD PRESERVE ITS FREEDOM IN THE MIDST OF CONTINUAL WARFARE."
Why then are the republicans trying to revive his image with "paid for" -to suit the customer- polls ?
George W. Bush is already a political cadaver.

Posted by: infinitus | July 19, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse


I sincerely believe W. Bush is not a bad guy. His initiatives towards the African continent and the most vulnerable are praiseworthy. Of course he espoused certain conservative principles but only moderately. It is undeniable that Republican policies (tax cut for the most affluent, deregulations, etc.) devised by his advisors, surrounding, and a republican congress are to blame for this mess.
NO to a republican congress in 2010. No need to mess things up further with unsound policies. Come November I will remember what they did and want keep doing.

Posted by: haruko8 | July 19, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

ON the economy - the long-term effects of what Bill Clinton did more to DAMAGE the economy and cause the recession than anything Bush did.


1) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were Clinton's long-term appointees


2) Obama's financial regulation bill - which he claims is so fantastic - DOES NOTHING ABOUT FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC

3) As a result Obama is now GUILTY OF NEGLIGENCE BECAUSE OBAMA HAS DONE NOTHING ABOUT FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC

4) Bill Clinton REPEALED Glass Steagall - Clinton could have VETOED that bill

5) BILL CLINTON DE-REGULATED THE DERIVATIVES MARKETS ON WALL STREET.


Blaming Bush for the economy - is like seeing Bill Clinton RELEASE WILD HORSES INTO THE WOODS


And then blaming Bush for not catching the WILD HORSES.

"Blaming Bush" involves so many deceptions and lies - it is practically impossible to have a reasonable conversation

Many of these democrats would prefer to act like complete idiots by lying - rather than have a rational and honest discussion.


Then the democrats - when they see they have been caught lying - they throw in some false charges of racism - and some sexual slurs - and then they try to astroturf the Washington Post.


.
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We need some honesty from ANYONE engaging in this debate - if all the democrats are going to do is BLAME AND LIE - there is no possibility for a reasonable conversation.


Hence - all the fighting on this blog - the democrats hate to be called out.


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 19, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Audit Questions Dealership Closings
New York Times, by Nick Bunkley

DETROIT — President Obama’s auto task force pressed General Motors and Chrysler to close scores of dealerships without adequately considering the jobs that would be lost or having a firm idea of the cost savings that would be achieved, an audit of the process has concluded. The report by Neil M. Barofsky, the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program of the Treasury Department, said both carmakers needed to shut down some underperforming dealerships. But it questioned whether the cuts should have been made so quickly, particularly during a recession

you mean to tell me that the governmenr has no idea what it is doing?

Is anyone surprised?

Obungler's plan to spread the poverty around is working out swell. isn't it?

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Mystery for White House:
Where Did the Jobs Go?
New York Times, by John Harwood


Welcome as it is, progress toward finally capping the gulf oil leak hasn’t resolved the biggest conundrum facing President Obama before the midterm elections. That conundrum, which reclaims center stage in Washington this week, is this: Why is unemployment so high? The whodunit has flummoxed economists in both parties for a year.


Well not exactly. It has clearly stupified the liberals, but most conservatives know exactly what happened.

the community organizer is hiding them under his bed, of course.

Liberals have no business discussing something they know nothing about - economics!

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jblast2000 | July 19, 2010 10:43 AM
“We need another Reagan.”

OH yeah! We need another $5 Trillion add to debt like we need to start another war for oil.

Posted by: knjincvc | July 19, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

For all of the wailing and complaining of the Demoncraps - nevermind that they control the WH, Senate, and HR - that the Repubs are the "party of no", the Demoncraps can't run anything (other than the economy and America into the ground). Their only creative solution is, "it's George Bush's fault!"

Na, na, na, na, Na, na, na, na, Hey, hey, goodbye (come November)!

Posted by: freepost | July 19, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

ANNORT WRITES THE FOLLOWIG----------------Obama needs to be impeached - along with Holder. Obama is the worst president we have ever had and he is doing irreptable damage to the US. His administration of radicals and ignorant people need to go. The dems need to be removed at once!!
Posted by: annnort | July 19, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse
============================================This is so typical of the logic and erudition of repubs. ANNORT, you have said absolutely nothing. Here's a great example - " His administration of radicals and ignorant people need to go". Ignorant people? You must be joking? Geithner, Bernanke, Clinton, etc. This president has surrounded himself with some of the sharpest and best educated minds the country has to offer. Nearly all of his cabinet members have experience and were educated at top schools. Unlike the idiot he followed, someone I might add got into Harvard and Yale because he was a legacy - i.e. mommy and daddy got him in- he could not get accepted to the Univ. of Texas law school btw, Obama is not threatened by intelligence since he can go toe to toe with any of them. Your comments are so much noise - "he's a radical, he's a Marxist, I don't like the way his wife dresses him!!" You remind me of the lady speaking to another brilliant man on the Hill, Barney Frank - he commented to her "talking to you ma'am is like talking to a table". Cut the Sarah Palin schtick and actually make a point. Name calling only shows how minimal your argument is - if there really is one.

Posted by: postaddict1 | July 19, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

George W Bush isn't even defending
George W Bush. At least he has the good sense to go away and let us try and forget
those miserable 8 years his administration put us through. Don't know any sane person who fondly remembers the years 2001-2008 except for any personal achievments they have had. Lets just hope the GOP wants to keep revisiting the George W Bush years b/w now and Nov. Amazingly stupid on their part, but what should we expect?

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 19, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

This should thrill the hearts of the poor disenfranchised Bushies, who hitched their wagons to a clod years ago and have had nothing but Obama-hating to sustain them for some time now.

You'd think they'd get tired of backing losers, but they are driven by their own stupidity and hate. They truly deserve Bush as their master.

Posted by: info53 | July 19, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Only the Roman Anti-Christ's Nazi, racist, anti-Semitic traitors dispute the proven fact that Bush and Cheney committed 9/11.

Posted by: iamerican | July 19, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry about Bush. Not every president can be on the mark all the time. But Obama, this idiot is for himself. He bows to dictators, he makes excuses for our country, he has to get information from the president of Mexico. He's a dirt bag. Yes, I miss Bush, he stuck up for his country at all turns. I was better off financially. Obamacare, what a crock! I have thousands of people who can't wait to vote this diaster out of office along with Pelosi and everyone else! I'm really tired of hearing "It's our turn from the blacks because he is half black. First of all the remark is racist, but it's ok for them, second, his father was black and was a deadbeat dad at that. His "White" mother and grandparents raised him! No matter what he is, he's still an idiot!

Posted by: bailey50 | July 19, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

The democrats have become the PARTY OF BLAME AND LIE.


This George Bush thing

Everytime someone says "Bush lied" - the person saying that is really lying.

1) There is no tape or anything audio or video which Bush says there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.


2) Please note: Weapons of mass destruction was the phrase used which includes chemical weapons - not "nuclear weapons" We all know that Iraq used chemical weapons on its own peopl

3) There are SCORES OF DEMOCRATS INCLUDING BILL CLINTON AND HILLARY on VIDEO saying that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction - it was repeated SO MANY TIMES IN WASHINGTON STARTING IN 1998

4) The Weapons of Mass Destruction story started UNDER CLINTON in 1998

5) The whole assertion that "Bush lied to get us into war" is just a complete deception - the democrats VOTED FOR the Iraqi war.


The democrats in Congress who voted for the war are ADULTS - they knew what they were doing - To say that the political people in Congress were deceived by Bush to get their votes on the Iraqi War IS JUST NOT TRUE.


IN ADDITION - "the weapons of mass destruction" storyline was NOT really used in the debate to get the Congressional approval for war in Iraq.


That storyline came in AFTER the Congressional approval - and when the US went to the UN Security Council - that was the stage when the weapons of mass destruction came in.

That is when the French started all the trouble in the Security Council - giving Iraq more time - The French at that point indicated that they would SUPPORT the war if Iraq did not meet certain conditions in the extra time - when the extra time expired and the Iraqis did not comply, the French STILL did not support the war.


Hence, the NY Post cover depicting the French as WIESELS

IN summary the whole "Bush lied" line is ridiculous.


IN sharp contrast - we have OBAMAS ENTIRE 2008 PLATFORM WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE THE BIGGEST PACK OF LIES IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 19, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Revisionist hogwash (or is it chimpwash?) from the liar party.

They are welcome, however, to try and salvage the reputation of the worst president in American history. Quite a job.

Posted by: info53 | July 19, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

President Caligula's Dog's Jet Arrives for Vacation

While the rest of us are invited to splash around in the oil slick Obama's red tape made of the Gulf Coast — assuming we're not too busy slaving away to pay our taxes — his own family is living large far away in Bar Harbor, Maine:

Air traffic at the small Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton was shut down for the presidential arrival. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter patrolled the air in anticipation of the first family's touchdown, and a pair of local fire and rescue trucks stood ready on an otherwise empty tarmac at the private air hangar.
The Obamas then traveled onto Mount Desert Island in a motorcade of at least 16 vehicles. It was led by two Maine State Police cruisers and included five black Chevrolet Suburbans.
The early-morning fog quickly burned off, and the sky was bright blue for the arrival of Air Force One, which in this case was a G3 Gulf Stream.
Now that's laying down a carbon footprint even a President can take pride in. If the global warming pseudoscience on which he's basing Cap & Charade had any merit, autumn would have just been pushed back a week.

The Anointed One's dog made his own attempted contribution to extending summer weather:

Arriving in a small jet before the Obamas was the first dog, Bo, a Portuguese water dog given as a present by the late U.S. Sen Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.
No doubt the flight attendant served $300/lb Kobe beef in a platinum-plated dog dish.

Meanwhile, Obama continues to pursue an energy policy that will make prices "skyrocket" as promised. Ever fewer of us will be able to afford to travel at all. But that's fine; B. Hussein and the gang are enjoying themselves enough for all of us.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Message to Libt@ards: George W Bush is no longer in office. You control the WH, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. You're driving the country off of a cliff with soaring taxes, a shrinking economy, exploding unemployment, increasing regulations, government takeovers of the automotive and financial industries, health care regulation, amnesty for illegals, etc.

The American people reject your nonsense and will vote Libt@rds and fiscally reckless Repubs out of office come November.

Posted by: freepost | July 19, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

We need to get out from under this one party rule as soon as possible before it truly ends this great experiment.There's a reason our founding fathers warned us and feared this.

Posted by: votingrevolution | July 19, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Defending George Bush's Presidency is as easy as defending the presedency of Herbert Hoover-A good idea for the GOP but a near impossibility. Too many people alive today who remember the pain and helpless feeling of watching this country go into a slow motion train wreck while Jr was at the controls.

Posted by: oregonbirddog | July 19, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

George2 screeched:

The American Dream isn't even understood by Obama because he's not really an American. He's half-Kenyan, was born in Hawaii, and lived in Indonesia. His values were not shaped in this country.
___________________________________________

Any more doubts about the racism of the right? For we Hawaiians, Americans for more than a Century (We've been a territory since President McKinley) George2 show's us the proff of what the NAACP has been talking about- not all republicans are racists (are they?) but all racist are republicans.

Oh, and George2, the firstAmerican shots fired in the second WWII were fired in Hawaii. The Most Decorated regiment of the second world war- the 442nd, was made up of second-generation Japanese Americans-largely from Hawaii.

We say the pledge of allegiance in our schools, sing the Star Spangled Banner at our football and baseball games, celebrate christmas, and send our share of our kids to West Point, Annapolis and the U.S. Airforce Academy.

But we remember what it was like when white-people dominated our state- from the first missionaries to the last sugar plantation owners, all Republicans. Maybe that's why we've been a Democratic state for more than half a century.

Posted by: interactidiomas | July 19, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Defending George Bush's Presidency is as easy as defending the presedency of Herbert Hoover-A good idea for the GOP but a near impossibility. Too many people alive today who remember the pain and helpless feeling of watching this country go into a slow motion train wreck while Jr was at the controls.

Posted by: oregonbirddog | July 19, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Defending George Bush's Presidency is as easy as defending the presedency of Herbert Hoover-A good idea for the GOP but a near impossibility. Too many people alive today who remember the pain and helpless feeling of watching this country go into a slow motion train wreck while Jr was at the controls.

Posted by: oregonbirddog | July 19, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

BUSH IS A WAR CRIMINAL AND SHOULD BE ON TRIAL....

Posted by: EdSantaFe | July 19, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse


ON the economy - the long-term effects of what Bill Clinton did more to DAMAGE the economy and cause the recession than anything Bush did.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis
00000000000000000000000000

SURE did..!!
He made the greed pay their TAXES!!

ISA

Posted by: vettessman | July 19, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

The Republikooks who post on these boards try to twist history so that every single bad thing that happened over the past, oh, 100 years, is the fault of Democrats and every single good thing over the same time period is due to Republicans.

Verdict on their pseudo-history: EPIC FAIL.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 19, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Between Regan and Bush ... and the Republican Party they have distroyed the middle class, working Americans and the United States. You can twist and mold all the talking points you want, BUT the figures and numbers don't lie. So let the Republican Party say what they want .... blah, blah, blah .... it won't change history or for that matter how the people will vote in November and 2012.
Bush will always be remembered for nearly distroying America.

Posted by: lunetrick | July 19, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Americans on this thread are going in the right direction, but we must be somewhat more intellectually "brutal:" Bush and Cheney didn't just allow 9/11 to occur, they committed it.

Take a moment from the occupation you might reasonably fear losing should your employer discover this "shift" in your reality, and act like an independent member of the Yeoman Artisanry, the People who, in covenant with the Creator defines American Exceptionalism, and download a free copy of "The New Pearl Harbor" from Google Books.

Every tub sits on it own bottom, and so does this succinct PROOF, by a theologian of probity that Bush and Cheney COMMITTED 9/11.

One cannot expect "newbies" to necessarily activate themselves as those of us descended of the families which physically formed Our Nation in mortal combat during the Revolution must, but all who would be true Americans shall: know the Truth and establish Justice.

This necessitates the trial and execution of Bush, Cheney, and their treasonous faction for committing 9/11.

Sad but true.

Quit mincing around and act like Americans!

Jeffersonian Exegesis theamericanfundament.blogspot.com

Posted by: iamerican | July 19, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Obama needs to be impeached - along with Holder. Obama is the worst president we have ever had and he is doing irreptable damage to the US. His administration of radicals and ignorant people need to go. The dems need to be removed at once!!

Posted by: annnort | July 19, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Sad. The GOP has not learned anything from the past 8 years

Posted by: K2007 | July 19, 2010 11:35 AM
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Okay, okay. We are with you on this one.

Posted by: kishorgala | July 19, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

ON the economy - the long-term effects of what Bill Clinton did more to DAMAGE the economy and cause the recession than anything Bush did.


Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were Clinton's long-term appointees

We need some honesty from ANYONE engaging in this debate - if all the democrats are going to do is BLAME AND LIE - there is no possibility for a reasonable conversation.

Hence - all the fighting on this blog - the democrats hate to be called out.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 19, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

People who think Bush did well or was a good president are smoking DOPE.
BUSH was worst than HITLER, BUSH was involved in 9/11 with the creepy CHENEY
WAKE UP PEOPLE
BUSH IS A TERRORIST

Posted by: simonbm | July 19, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

“since the other side( democrats) is wasting time pointing blame at Bush rather than making the case for what we should be doing now.”


As long as republicans remain the party of “HELL NO WE WON’T DO "ANYTHING!!" TO HELP THE LITTLE PEOPLE OF AMERICA”
democrats have no choice except to point out what cheney/bush did not do for America.

Posted by: knjincvc | July 19, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

The repugnant southern GOP voters will vote for anybody who's white, which is all they're worried about because they don't have the brains to know when they're better off.


Posted by: lindalovejones | July 19, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

If the GWB years were good, shouldn't Clinton get the credit? I mean, when it comes to negatives, the Republicans use the scientific time lag factor to blame the previous administration. I'd think the same factor should apply to positives.

Either way, the Texas Oil Puppets lose.

Posted by: kishorgala | July 19, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

samuel you might want to bother and look up the GRAMM/LEACH/BLILEY bill or were you unaware that those archictects are All Rs?

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 19, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Sigh. I miss having an American president.

Posted by: wmpowellfan
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Soap Opera Sarah teabagger code for a right-wing extremist, white, neo-christian, racist, homophobic, marionette of Lord Cheney President.

Posted by: areyousaying | July 19, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

If Republican Voters didn't learn anything from the Bush Presidency and stop voting for those creeps, next time we're going to be hit worse by the GOP, who all stood back and not only watched Bush, but helped Bush run this country into the ground, and that's how the GOP learned exactly how to attack and hurt America.

Now the Chinese and Asian children, whose parents have OUR jobs, will be going to college instead of our kids.


Posted by: lindalovejones | July 19, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

The blantant POLITICAL speeches by Obama lately - this is July, not October.


This is unprecedented in American history - at no time has anyone stooped so low.

Obama holds a position which REQUIRES him to speak for all the people - and to LIMIT the partisan speeches. What we have now is completely out of line.

Obama is wrong.


What is even worse - is Obama promised to be bipartisan - and yet in reality Obama is HYPER-PARTISAN.


Obama says he wants people to work with him - but he makes it impossible.

Working at bringing people together requires the heavy lifting - heavy lifting which Obama promised the nation he would do - and that he was qualified to do - but instead we have ZERO effort from Obama.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 19, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

...and may I thank you very much for REUNIFYING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BASE AND ENERGIZING US ONCE MORE!!!

Posted by: dc1020008 | July 19, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

For god's sake, look at that retard in the picture. I cringe when I see his image. It brings back horrific memories.

Posted by: johng1 | July 19, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Employing the lie that during GW's presidency more jobs were created and the economy was thriving is delusional. The financials were faulty and fictional at best. They were based on inflated assets and an unsustainable economy. That means they weren't actually real solid jobs - they were temporary assignments and subject to the market contractions that are inevitable when the bubble blows.

No... GW was a puppet and used by those that would see his office as a perfect foil for the advancement of their own personal objectives. Sadly, he was such a dupe he actually thought he had some power as "The Decider". He had nothing that they didn't give him. He'll spend the rest of his life in ignominy and marginalized for being the one imbecilic relic of Cold War expansionism that the Republicans fomented in an effort to gain access to the wealth of middle America. If we return them to power, we are fools.

Posted by: JenAZ | July 19, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Sad. The GOP has not learned anything from the past 8 years

Posted by: K2007 | July 19, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Whew! Gee, to think I was worried about Republicans taking back the Congress.

Thanks, Sessions and Corryn, for divulging your strategy. Now I can rest assured that y'all haven't got any smarter since you tried to sell us McCain/Palin as the economy caved-in.

Oh, and realgood job in selecting your national party chairman. I see where Sharon Angle is poised to blow a sure-win against Harry Reid? Nice to see your personnel policies rank right up there with your fiscal policies.

Speaking of a record to run on- tell me again what Republicans have accomplished since 2008? What legislation have you passed to help the country find its way forward? Oh- I see- you helped the country with obstructing everything the president tried to do...so, then you have successfully blocked the bail-out, and extension of unemployment benefits, and Health care reform, and finance reform?

No?

So, tell me again- what record are you running on- OHHHH, George Bush's record.

Posted by: interactidiomas | July 19, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

It's easy to blame Bush because he was in office but if you want the truth most of it was caused by Bill Clinton it's easy to look up if he hadn't repealed Glass-steagall most economist say we wouldn.t have had this problem.
Hate to burst your bubble but it's a fact.

Posted by: samuellenn | July 19, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

shouldn't the thread be entitled
GOP Chairs Defend Herbert Hoover?

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 19, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Sad. The GOP has not learned anything from the past 8 years

Posted by: K2007 | July 19, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Sad. The GOP has not learned anything from the past 8 years

Posted by: K2007 | July 19, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Sad. The GOP has not learned anything from the past 8 years

Posted by: K2007 | July 19, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

TO: wmpowellfan who wrote:
“Sigh. I miss having an American president.”
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

One thing’s for certain, nobody ever robbed us blind and screwed us over as bad as GWB.
Some folks are just suckers for punishment.

Posted by: lindalovejones | July 19, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Denial. Jobs!! What jobs?

Posted by: miltonhaskins | July 19, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

"The chairmen of the two Republican campaign committees defended the presidency of George W. Bush in television appearances over the weekend, a preview of the GOP's planned pushback against expected Democratic attacks on the last president."


I suppose it should come as no surprise that some feel it's a priority to defend Bush rather than talk about what we should be doing now, since the other side is wasting time pointing blame at Bush rather than making the case for what we should be doing now.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 19, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Well said.

Posted by: USMC_Mike | July 19, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Hillary08 | July 19, 2010 11:00 AM

"George Bush destroyed our country, that's all there is to it."

Welll let's be fair here. He didn't do it all by himself. He had the help congressional republicans and blue dog (DINO's) democrats.

Posted by: knjincvc | July 19, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Defending Bush-Cheney and the Gang of UnPatriots (Wolfowitz, Feith, Rove, Rumsfeld, Rice, Ashcroft, Gonzales, Powell, etc):

They didn't start World War 3.

Posted by: srb2 | July 19, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

"People had jobs when Republicans were not only in charge but George Bush was there," said National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press".

John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" program that "Bush's stock has gone up a lot since he left office," adding: "I think a lot people are looking back with more fondness on President Bush's administration, and I think history will treat him well."

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Are they really that stupid?

Yes, there were jobs when Bush became President. 8 years later America lost over 10 million jobs due to outsourcing to ASIAN countries.

Mainly MANUFACTURING, ENGINEERING and CUSTOMER SERVICE.

Call VERIZON and you will talk to somebody in KHUMBA, INDIA. Call BofA and your call will be answered by someone in India.

I lost my job due to outsourcing to China, together with about 900 other engineers, manufacturing engineers, supporting staff, and last, but not lest assemblers.

So screw the GOP rhetoric. They screwed up the country but GOOD

Posted by: mackiejw | July 19, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Sigh. I miss having an American president.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | July 19, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

TO: hipshot who wrote:
“He did keep us safe after 9/11…”
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
How is that, by not letting his lifelong friends attack us AGAIN.
We WERE safe, until Bush came along, and now that he gone we’re even MORE safe.

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“It's not surprising given those numbers that Democrats are doing everything they can to remind people about Bush…”
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
It’s not so much that Democrats are trying to REMIND people about Bush, as it is that Republicans are trying to FORGET..

Republicans are trying so hard, in fact, it’s as if they have complete and total amnesia.

How are we supposed to “forget” about George W. Bush when he left the country in ruins the way he did. We had jobs as a result of the wonderful job PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON DID, and BUSH REVERSED all that good work done by President Clinton by spending and borrowing every penny in the world and concentrating only on starting wars so that Bush could stay in the White House.

Sure Republicans would like to “forget” about Bush just so they can start all over and do it again: Rob the U.S. Treasury, lie non-stop to the American People, and start wars just so they can stay in office.

Posted by: lindalovejones | July 19, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

A PUPPET & IDIOT!

Posted by: usapdx | July 19, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Well, they certainly don't have to worry about being employed if their job is to defend the Bush Presidency.

Two unnecessary wars of choice that Junior and Dick forgot to wind down as they lost interest, the collapse of the country's financial system, the tax breaks for the rich, etc, etc. I could go on and on.

Just let it be noted that Junior and his cronies managed to create a mess for the ages and one that will take decades to clean up. Provided we don't let any more Republicans try to mind the shop.

Posted by: jrw1 | July 19, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I'd like to congratulate Mr. Flight Suit and the rest of the Bush Reich for taking a perfectly good country (the USA) and turning into a giant economic ****hole thanks to Republican ego, arrogance, greed, and deceit. I'm surprised that the State flag for Texas isn't a giant sphincter - seems that's what they have the most of there given the politicians that Texas vomits forth upon our country. Cornyn and Sessions ought to grab McConnell and all three perform a REAL public service for once - make an appointment with their proctologists for a brain scan.

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | July 19, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Go ahead, GOP...make my day. Defend that imbecile of a REAL illegitimate president.

Posted by: dc1020008 | July 19, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

laughable if not beyond stupid.

the party of no idea swirls around the drain.

Posted by: xxxxxx1 | July 19, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

TO: hipshot who wrote:
“He did keep us safe after 9/11…”
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
How is that, by not letting his lifelong friends attack us AGAIN.
We WERE safe, until Bush came along, and now that he gone we’re even MORE safe.

++++++++++++++++++++

“It's not surprising given those numbers that Democrats are doing everything they can to remind people about Bush…”
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
It’s not so much that Democrats are trying to REMIND people about Bush, as it is that Republicans are trying to FORGET..

Republicans are trying so hard, in fact, it’s as if they have complete and total amnesia.

How are we supposed to “forget” about George W. Bush when he left the country in ruins the way he did. We had jobs as a result of the wonderful job PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON DID, and BUSH REVERSED all that good work done by President Clinton by spending and borrowing every penny in the world and concentrating only on starting wars so that Bush could stay in the White House.

Sure Republicans would like to “forget” about Bush just so they can start all over and do it again: Rob the U.S. Treasury, lie non-stop to the American People, and start wars just so they can stay in office.


Posted by: lindalovejones | July 19, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

So Chimpy is now the standard the rethuglicans are holding up as their gleaming example of their ability to manage a nation??

We are in serious trouble. Nice to know that WAR CRIMINALS show them the way... Yikes, time to move...

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | July 19, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I don't know why we Republicans try to defend George Bush to the white/black trash liberals on these pages. Unless a president is willing to put everyone on welfare and make the Federal Government Big Daddy, the white/black trash liberals aren't interested. It's a waste of time trying. We Republicans need to focus our energy on patriot Americans who want to work hard and earn as much money as they can so they can live the American Dream. The American Dream isn't even understood by Obama because he's not really an American. He's half-Kenyan, was born in Hawaii, and lived in Indonesia. His values were not shaped in this country.

Posted by: georges2 | July 19, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Yes Sessions and Cornyn,

GWB was the second coming of the Lord after the first appearance as Ronnie Ray Gun.

You'd be well advised to invoke GWB in your campaigns.

With a dismal approval below the President AND the Democrats, what else can go wrong?

Posted by: kishorgala | July 19, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: hipshot | July 19, 2010 8:22 AM
“He did keep us safe after 9/11.”

AFTER 9/11!!!!!

The Keystone cops could have keep the country safe "BEFORE" 9/11 by simply reading the presidential daily briefings.

Cheney let the U.S. get sucker punched by a guy riding around Afghanistan tethered to a Dialysis machine.

cheney was to busy cooking up a reason to attack Iraq for its OIL.

Posted by: knjincvc | July 19, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans will give us all the low wage, no benefit, slave jobs we can stand. For them its all about the top 2%, big oil, big insurance, and big banks stripping us clean and leaving us looking like a picture of the coal miners during the 1930's. If Justice does not come from the ballot box, Justice will still come.

Posted by: fare777 | July 19, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I can only imagine the defense blames all the bad things of the Bush era on Clinton.

Posted by: daweeni | July 19, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

If John Coryn and Pete Sessions were gagged, the country would be well on its way toward meeting its goal for reducing greenhouse gases.

Posted by: angelos_peter | July 19, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Wow I can only hope that Republicans are going to continue to hold GWB Jr. up as a beacon of Right Wing progress. Thanks guys!

Posted by: blazertaco | July 19, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

The People must hang Bush and Cheney at the Navy Yard.

His grandfather's minion, Richard Nixon, assisted his father in the Roman Catholic, Knight of Malta-led CIA's assassination of our president to send 58,000 of us to die for the pope in Vietnam, and was allowed to die of old age.

We must not allow him and his father the same "courtesy."

Death for Treason or the Republic perishes.

Posted by: iamerican | July 19, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Bush will end up as the worst president in modern or all of US History. His cabinet and the Republican leadership were complete FAIL.

As usual, the Republican spin machine will repeat lies often enough to get some of the sheep to believe.

Posted by: theAnswerIs42 | July 19, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

G.W. Bush is living proof that crime pays and pay BIG.... What crimes HASN'T he committed (that the GOP isn't readily willing to excuse)?.. It's hard to maintain faith in our justice system when Bush was allowed to lie us into war with Iraq while ignoring the nation's mandate to see justice done regarding Ossama Bin Laden... (And honestly, WHO cuts taxes for the wealthy while prosecuting TWO wars and a global "war on terror"?)... The failed presidency of G.W. Bush cannot be rewritten into a "good thing", any more then the high definition footage of him freezing as our nation came under the largest attack in it's history can be said to be inspirational...The most striking thing about Bush's presidency is the fact that he wasn't led away in chains, or at the very least, removed from office as grossly incompetent. The GOP are a joke that should stop being funny and taken as a rudeness that should no longer be tolerated.

Posted by: BellsBlu2 | July 19, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Its tiring to keep hearing this inept Republican mantra “Tax and Spend” as if Bush’s leadership didn’t cost the American tax payer a trillion dollar corporate extortion in the form of exponential personal wealth with legislated exclusion from personal liability. Come on do they really think that American taxes should not be allocated to the populace needs, but instead given to bail out failed business ventures like; Enron, Global Crossing, WorldCom, Tyco, Halliburton, Duke Energy, Fannie Mae and AIG Lehman Bros., Goldman Sachs, Bernie Madoff’s Hedge Fund, just to mention a few.

The party of conservatism yah right, Was it not the Republican messiah President Reagan who raised taxes, tripled the deficit, took the National Debt over one trillion for the first time, and for what, so Americans can support the high profits and executive pay in the medical, pharmaceutical, energy, wall street and other financial institutions.

Then to add insult to injury we have to be inundated with these numerous inane religious wailings. Come on people grow up, there is no god. allah, buddha Yahweh, santa claus, easter bunny, superman, ghost or goblins, all we have is each other and life is measured by how we treat one another. Start living in reality, the dead are gone, the present is us, and the future is what we make of it.

Posted by: rayburchard1 | July 19, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

The Republican ploy to repackage GWB's administration as a time to regard with "fondness" will fail miserably for one simple reason.

Republican leaders will be asked why they shunned the president at their convention, not even permitting him to attend much less speak. And they won't be able to answer without sounding like the hypocrites they are.

Posted by: haveaheart | July 19, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Defending the dry drunk, draft-dodging Closet-Queen-in-Chief, cheated into office by only the Roman Catholic majority of the SCOTUS' illegal and unconstitutional 'Bush v. Gore' decision, whose father assassinated John Kennedy to restore the pope's bankers to their illegal control of our money in the unconstitutional Federal Reserve and to "reverse" NSAM263, JFK's military withdrawal order from the papal fiefdom of Vietnam; and whose grandfather was the money conduit from the Bush clan overlord Vatican banker Rockefellers to the author of "I Paid Hitler," papal baron Fritz "The Rockefeller of Germany" Thyssen, when any with a Fifth Grade reading level and an internet connection can download the scholarly proof that Bush and Cheney committed 9/11 from Google Books at http://books.google.com/books?id=w7-mnduSpeQC&printsec=frontcover&dq=the+new+pearl+harbor&hl=en&ei=dmdETJL3HsT68Aa1_M3dDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC4Q6AEwAA
is a treasonous fool's mission in service to that which America's Founder, Th. Jefferson, identified as the Roman Anti-Christ.

Posted by: iamerican | July 19, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I think he'll (Bush II) end up in the same bucket with Jimmy Carter in the eyes of history.

Posted by: RGee1
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Sorry DUDE...
Real examination of President Carter governance will show he ran the country very smartly.

He had a very high rate of employment, high level of personal savings, low taxes for the middle class, One wage maker in the family, research and development for the energy sector and inflation got back under control, and one year away from PAYING OFF THE NATIONAL DEBT.

ISA

Posted by: vettessman | July 19, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

George Bush destroyed our country, that's all there is to it.

Posted by: Hillary08 | July 19, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

George Bush destroyed our country, that's all there is to it.

Posted by: Hillary08 | July 19, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Defending Bush is a tall order. Remember his little skit during which he crawled around under his desk looking for WMDs? Ooopsy! Heh, heh. The GOP side of Congress has Victory in its sights and that means obstructing everything that the Democratic side does. That way they can point at Democrats and complain they accomplished nothing and what they did accomplish, if anything, must be repealed. The stated reason being the newly found religion of cutting the growth rate of the national debt. See, a cut in a social welfare program is justified because it cuts the growth rate of the national debt. By the same token, an increase in taxes on the wealthy cuts the growth rate of the national debt, but doesn't do a thing for GOP street cred among the independently wealthy. It is not about solving programs for GOPers. It is about making the other guy look bad to the average voter. It is about the GOP being the greener grass on the other side of the fence. GOP policy would have the U.S. in Great Depression II with the finance system in utter disarray, massive unemployment and dislocation, perhaps even rioting in the streets. If you had a job, you might could have had health insurance. But, if you get sick, your health insurance will be pulled out from under you for specious reasons. Any vestiges of financial services companies will be able to trade derivatives for their own accounts using investors' money. And you can still get a mortgage for a house well beyond your means. Heavenly.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | July 19, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Can't figure out who linked here today. Usually a couple hundred comments by 11 means Drudge or HuffPost. Ah well, have fun while the fur flies folks.

FF

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 19, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

They approach self immolation by delineating and therefore reminding the public of the things for which they desire to defend him.

Posted by: scrub-brush | July 19, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

"People had jobs when Republicans were not only in charge but George Bush was there," said National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press".

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The data below have been referred to by a number of people but must be repeated as often as necessary as the Republican hacks continue to try to perpetuate the blatant lie expressed by Sessions above.

It is not just Bush but the program to deregulate everything and let big business do whatever it wants which was and is central to the Republican program which is responsible for the current economic crisis. Deregulate and Bailout is still the centerpiece of the Republican program.

Job losses first exceed 100,000: Feb 08

Job losses first exceed 200,000 in one month: September 08

Job losses first exceed 600,000 in one month: December 08

Bush term ends, Obama becomes president: Jan. 20. 2009

Job losses drop below 600, 000 in one month: April 09

Job losses drop below 200,000 in one month: Sept. 09

Job losses drop below 50,000 in one month: Nov. 09

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2009_12/021288.php

Posted by: twm1 | July 19, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

They approach self immolation by delineating and therefore reminding the public of the things for which they desire to defend him.

Posted by: scrub-brush | July 19, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

After skimming through this blog, which seems demonically possessed by the ghost of woodrow wilson, another flop of a progressive, I can only conclude that the reason we were able to elect an inexperienced, inept, smooth talking community organizer is because

WE ARE SO DUMB.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

You know, once you get past all of the political pandering on both sides, all you can really say is that history will decide how good a job George Bush did. It's far too early to see his full legacy. Personally, I think he did the best he could, but just wasn't a very powerful figure, and surrounded himself with neoconservatives who usurped his office for their own agenda. I think he'll end up in the same bucket with Jimmy Carter in the eyes of history.

Posted by: RGee1 | July 19, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

This bickering on Clinton and Bush is crazy. Economic policies have repercussions years ahead of policy enactment. Clinton was no better then Reagen in allot of respects. Followed the policy of what good for Wall Street is good for Main Street. Bush was real bad, running up deficits during booms times and giving huge tax breaks to the rich. During most of Bush's term, jobs creations was anemic and wages fell fast. Clinton got lucky and reined over a tech bubble boom. The fall of our economy now was directly caused by policy that deregulated markets and huge tax cuts for the rich. I say tax cuts because at a certain amount, the rich felt it not favorable to give themselves big bonuses because the government would take it. The little guy, who would spend it, not horde it like what we are seeing today by the wealthy. The working guy would get raised and pensions. As the majority of workers wages increased, so did their purchasing power and that was what fueled the economy.

Dumb trade agreements on both sides was antilabor. Big business loved it and lobbied hard to get access to cheap labor overseas. Today we have China that manipulates currency, gives subsidies to companies that export, and violates trade agreements. We do nothing about it because American based corporations want it. The road to corporate communism was set back in the 1980's under Reagen. This is not free market capitalism, but communism for the rich. A government that rewards the wealthy and scorns the poor.

Just reading a recent article reveals that homes that sold over a million dollars are now in foreclosure at a ratio of 1 in 5, where homes that sold under a million are at the ratio of 1 in 12. To add insult to injury, the report claims the rich are staying in those home all the way up to the last day, saving huge on payments. They are hailed as smart investor to walk away from the contract, but when the working guy, who truly cannot afford to pay the loan, walks away, he or she is scorned.

for 30 years this country has really cuddled the rich while destroying the middle class. Even the most conservative economist cannot lie about the fact that income mobility is stagnant and the only folks moving up is the top 10%. To but it bluntly, if you are born poor, and if you work hard an play by the rules, you will die poor. If you were born rich, you will die much richer. I advise anyone to Google "income mobility" and read about how the U.S. is really racing to the bottom.

The tea party only has it half right, government is the problem, but not because high taxes. Both parties have sold out the American People to serve special interest. Policy catered to the highest bidder!

Posted by: netprowlerp | July 19, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

jblast, please stop hogging the crack pipe.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 19, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

REALLY?? THIS is the GOP strategy? defending bush? i'd run from that one, GOP! wow, if i were the GOP i'd keep doing what i have been doing: saying NO to everything and having no policies. seems to have worked so far.

Posted by: birdynumnum | July 19, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

The two party system is bankrupt in our nation.

Bush was a complete disaster, economic, Iraq, etc.

Obama has turned out to be timid and status que; banking crisis, Iraq.

The rich get super richer, the middle class and worker people are in worse shape than ever. This country is but a shell of what it was 30 or 40 years ago.

Explosion of US internal security bureaucracy means only one thing; 9/11 was a total success.

Posted by: googleer | July 19, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

The GOP is writing historical fiction again. But, Texas does it also. So I guess it's understandable.

Posted by: jckdoors | July 19, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

BUSH: THE WAR CRIMINAL WHO BANKRUPTED AMERICA....

Posted by: EdSantaFe | July 19, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

As Ricky Ricardo would say, Cornyn has "some 'splaining to do"!!! And it won't be pretty for the GOP.

You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig.

Posted by: B-rod | July 19, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

"The Cornyn '12 campaign rolls on."

TP is coming after Cornyn and Kyle next.

But the headline "GOP defends George W. Bush" morphs to "Republican "campaign chairs" defend George W. Bush"

Sessions and Cornyn two of the sorry-ist sad sacks of the republican party.

Where was Kyle, Coburn, McConnell, Corker, Shelby, Chamblis, Grassley, Demint, Ihofe, Gregg, ,Thune and Brown, Alexander, Hatch, Hutchison, Barrasso, family values leaders Insign and Vitter, want-a-be leaders Thune and Brown.

These republicans leaders after throwing GWB under the bus and still fuming over the passage of health care reform are refusing to work past 2 p.m. -- a tactic they can employ by invoking a little-known Senate rule, are going to defend GWB and his $10+ Trillion dollar debt, "PROJECTED DEFICITS" of $8-12 Trillion Dollars for the next TEN years, 8.5 Million lost jobs, two wars of choice, one for oil, 6000+ killed soldiers +30,000 + maimed and wounded,, surrendered Afghanistan back to the Taliban in Dec 2001, two months after 9-11, let OBL escape Tora Bora to nuclear Pakistan which has now become destabilized, paid Musharraf billions to keep OBL in Pakistan ....

But don't worry, after Labor Day Boehner is going to appear waving a soft 8X11 binder with the republican plan ... "we are going to start over, take baby steps with "THREE" clean sheets of paper because government is too complicated AND were going to defend GWB!"

Go for it!

Posted by: knjincvc | July 19, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

While the loons and the apologists for the inept one continue to look back and ponder how we went so wrong, the rest of the country has pretty much figured it out:

Dems Headed for Potential State House Disaster
RealClearPolitics:
Four months out from Election Day, the Democrats will probably lose the House and are in some danger of losing the Senate. But losing those legislative bodies would not be the most damaging aspect of the impending tsunami heading toward the Democratic Party. After all, Barack Obama will still be in the White House to stop the congressional Republicans from accomplishing much.

The biggest danger to the Democrats comes from the losses that they are poised to endure in the Governor's races. These losses are likely to be massive, and illustrate the size of the impending voter revolt. And they could not come at a worse time. Combined with likely statehouse gains, they threaten to put Republicans in charge of redistricting for the first time in several generations, and will potentially provide the GOP with a top-tier crop of Presidential hopefuls in the future.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

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They keep defending stupidity (Bush, Palin etc..) as though the American public does not know any better.

I understand that 20% of America's are truly stupid (tea party, southern states)but they fail to understand one key component to their ignorance.

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Posted by: A-Voter | July 19, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

[Shanan1 wrote: "

Lets face the FACT: Republicans (Bush, Reagan, Gingrich, Palin, Rush, etc.) and the right-wing (LYING) Media that makes them possible, are utter complete lunatics, they are the real enemy of American people."]

The only truth here is that self-licking ice cream cones that spill bile all over these blog pages are the true enemy of the country. Hate filled, fact deficient, home-grown conspiracy theorists that do nothing for the National discourse and or debate.

Your so far in the 'Loser' column that you pretend to not know what you are. But you know exactly who you are --

Blog somewhere else unless you want to really debate.

Posted by: pararanger22 | July 19, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

We need another Reagan.
He took over after the abysmal Carter administration handed him an even worse economy. The unemployment was 10%, inflation at 13% and the interest rates as high as 20%.
How did he do it so quickly?
TAX CUTS to businesses and CAPITAL GAIN TAX cuts and TAX CUTS for everyone who pays taxes.
WHY DOES THIS WORK
It makes the economic engines of our country, businesses both big and small, ROAR. And when they ROAR, people have jobs and spend money.
It's just too bad that after 2 years he has Democrat congress that declared his budgets DOA and proceeded to spend us into oblivion.

Where are we NOW? We're back to Carter on Steroids.

NOVEMBER.....and that LOOKING GREAT

Posted by: jblast2000 | July 19, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

In order to preserve his "faultless legacy” (in the eyes of GOP’s of course) all that the rest of the country has to do is find the one good thing Bush has done for the country, and exclude it from the equation.

Posted by: Shanan1 | July 19, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Lets face the FACT: Republicans (Bush, Reagan, Gingrich, Palin, Rush, etc.) and the right-wing (LYING) Media that makes them possible, are utter complete lunatics, they are the real enemy of American people.

To be exact what this means is that Republicans are paid agents of Big Corporations, that is Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Oil, Big Banks, Big Military, aka Wall Street gang, and as such they have been saying and they will say any lunatic LIEs, any non-sense, no matter how lunatic and illogical, as long as they get away with their real objectives, which real objectives are the following:

1- To give American (middle class) people as little as possible for the Taxes that we pay,

2- To enable the Wall Street Gang and their Agents to get as rich as they can off the back of the American middle class
(people) by not having the Government (of the People by the People for the People) regulate what Big corporations can do, for the benefit of the People, such as regulate the Big Banks from charging criminal level interest rates of 20% on Credit Card balances when Fed funds rate are at near Zero, or regulate the Big Oil to operate off shore Oil rigs safely, or regulate the Big Mine to operate Mines safely, or have Universal nationalized health care, as they have in ALL Europeans countries, Canada, Japan, Australia, in fact in all developed nations except in US, etc.

3- To have the Rich not pay their fair share of the Taxes. OTN, someone making $60K per year in US pays the same or slightly higher percentage of their income in Taxes than someoe making same in European countries, Canada,, etc. but someone making $10Mill per year in US pays far less Taxes in US than someone making same in European countries, Canada, etc.

Now of course Republicans cannot come and say that they are for the above objectives, so instead via their collusion with the Wall Street gang who control (95%) of US Media, who are the beneficiary of the above objectives, they have come up with one of the most Ultimate Con Jobs in the history of man to achieve the above objectives, which Con Job can be summarized by the following, utter lunatic positions of the Republican party and the right-wing Media:
1- "Government cannot do anything..."
2- "Government is the problem not the solution..."
3- "People distrust the Government more than they dislike big business (aka Wall Street)"
4- "People want hanged government" ... so nothing is actually done in Washington except to wage Wars...

More:
http://RealNewsPost.com?n=think.34034

Posted by: Thinkdeeper | July 19, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

It's no surprise that some Republicans support GW Bush, even today. If I go to Germany, I can find people who still like Hitler, and in Germany, some who still like Stalin. Enen in Cambodia, a few people probably think Pol Pot was just misunderstood. GW Bush, join the crowd!

Posted by: magnifco1000 | July 19, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Clueless and angry democrats? Oh really? Dubya's popularity is at 28%. Obama's around 45% despite the fact that Obama is cleaning up the mess Bush left us. What mess is that? Deficits anyone? From two wars, tax breaks for the rich and a gigantic prescription drug bill and then because of all the deregulation the pubs insisted upon, the so called wonderful private sector screwed us.

If you want the private sector to rule, vote the pubs back in. If you want a balance between the private sector and government, vote democratic.

Angry Democrats? You ain't seen nothing yet you "just say no" arrogant republicans.

Posted by: goldpitt | July 19, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I can't even believe that people are still defending obama or calling President Bush a war criminal.

Posted by: highwaybluesocce

I don't defend Obama for one second, that guy never got my vote and he won't get it in 2012 either.

Why do you conservatives always insist that anybody who isn't 100% on your side is 100% on the other side?

I'm really sick of that. screw you conservatives, you're just as bad, probably worse than the liberals. And you're a bunch of very stupid people too.

Posted by: jontomus | July 19, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Is the Obamination of America working?

The duped Independents say NO

The duped business community say NO

We got this way from 60 years since FDR of liberal dominated congresses that inflicted this monstrous government on all Americans with its wasteful and ripe for fraud programs (REDUNDANCIES) and worthless departments that both Democrats and moderate Republicans fritter billions at the drop of a hat. The Obamination of America has just taken this crap to new levels by quadrupling the deficit in months which has not stimulated a flea and created a financial bondage to all Americans for the unforeseeable future.

Posted by: jblast2000 | July 19, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

GWB's fundamental mistake with both Iraq and Afghanistan was to undertake wars to free people from oppresive governments where those people did not value freedom engough to fight and die for it first. Americans should not fight and die for freedom of people who are not willing to fight and die first. Bush being from Texas should have considered the Alamo when deciding when to committ America to a war. On the other hand he deserves great credit for decisive action preventing the collapse of AIG and Wall Street Banks.

Posted by: Kflke | July 19, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Have you guys seen that show Big Love on HBO that my frieds is like Mitt Romney he just wants to get the nomination and fix the problem of poligamy????? You know what I voted Republican this past election and right about now George Bush makes some sence so I SBON STOP BLAMING IT ON BUSH DEMOCRATS OBAMA HAS BEEN IN POWER ALONG WITH DEMOCRATS FOR 2 YEARS, THAT IS ADDING SINCE 2006 AND THINGS ARE NOT ANY BETTER, NOT THAT I REALLY CARE ANYMORE BUT I AM JUST EXERCISING MY FREEDOM OF SPEECH GOD BLESS AMERICA AND FOR THE JEWISH COMMUNITY HERE IN NEW YORK I AM EXERCISING MY FREEDOM OF RELIGION I AM A CHRISTIAN AND I AM PROUD OF IT GOD BLESS AMERICA

Posted by: 7andrade | July 19, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

worst.disaster.ever.to.steal.the.white.house.and.lie.his.way.into.a.war.and.murder.4500.Americans.and.100000. Iraqis.

Posted by: michaelleger1 | July 19, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

worst.disaster.ever.to.steal.the.white.house.and.lie.his.way.into.a.war.and.murder.4500.Americans.and.100000. Iraqis.

Posted by: michaelleger1 | July 19, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

oh, yeah, I forgot:

- Lord Cheney branding anyone who disagreed with him as a traitor

- outing a CIA agent

Posted by: areyousaying | July 19, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Bush was never as bad a President as obama, as far as the dems go, Pelosi, reid, well they are fine people NOT! This entire administration is a mess. I can't even believe that people are still defending obama or calling President Bush a war criminal.

Posted by: highwaybluesoccer | July 19, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

GWB's fundamental mistake with both Iraq and Afghanistan was to undertake wars to free people from oppresive governments where those people did not value freedom engough to fight and die for it first. Americans should not fight and die for freedom of people who are not willing to fight and die first. Bush being from Texas should have considered the Alamo when deciding when to committ America to a war. On the other hand he deserves great credit for decisive action preventing the collapse of AIG and Wall Street Banks.

Posted by: Kflke | July 19, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Let's recall the second George - George the Dumber

- pre-emptive war based on lies of WMD

- letting the terrorist Bin Ladin escape

- an intolerant neo-christian Jesuslandia

- homophobia

- torture

- racism through using immigration as an Atwater/Rove wedge issue

- rape of the environment

- tax breaks for the rich and big oil

- trampling of the Fourth Amendment

- Wall Street corruption and recession we are still trying to recover from

Let's return now to those glorious days of yesteryear...

Posted by: areyousaying | July 19, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Have you guys seen that show Big Love on HBO that my frieds is like Mitt Romney he just wants to get the nomination and fix the problem of poligamy?????

Posted by: 7andrade | July 19, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

President Obama has been associated with some of the sleaziest people and organizations of any President. Acorn, SEIU, Mr. Ayers, Mr. Jones, Rev. Wright. It shows the President to be a left winger. Far more so than any President to date. His entire administration has revolved around blaming President Bush for everything. That is cowardly. He forgets about the Democrats in Congress such as Dodd and Frank during the housing bubble. Remember the question posed by President Reagan? Are you better off than you were 4 years ago? Well, are you better off than you were 2 years ago? I say no.

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 19, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

The Denver Post and our local TV news are continuing to purse the McGinnis story. The real question is, why did that foundation pay $300,000 for articles about water rights, when this foundation could not benefit in any way from this work. The family wanted their son to hold political office. It smacks of a bribe. Its too late for McGinnis to unring this bell. The reporters will relentlessly pursue this until the truth comes out.

Posted by: AnnsThought | July 19, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Bottomline the biggest complaint about Bush was his handling of the Iraq War (Bush's War)... well things are looking up in Iraq because of the surge Bush wanted and the Dems didn't. The economy was going well up to Bush's last year.. unemployment was 5% in 2007.. and it was the the Banks and people getting homes they couldn't afford that caused the economy to crash more than any policy Bush launched. Obama should be running on his record instead he's running on blame Bush still??? The people want LEADERS.. where's the leadership in that????

Posted by: sovine08 | July 19, 2010


Sovine08...where is OBama and the Demos running against Bush? They are asking one simple Question," do you want to go back to the Policies that got us here in the first place". F**** GW and your Rethuglicans!

Posted by: aunkmaa | July 19, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

notice how the slope-headed conservatives think that anybody who disagrees with them is a liberal?

Face it goobers, there are lots of us who dislike the liberals plenty, who still think you are some of the dumbest people we've ever seen.

Posted by: jontomus | July 19, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

its crap?? look it up. In Jan 2001 the nation had a $233 BUDGET SURPLUS. Its hard for you to deal with reality isn't ir.
And maybe you were in diapers at the the time, but Phil Gramm and Dick Armey proclaimed the Clinton budget was DOA and would push THE ECONOMY INTO THE DITCH. thank god the D in Congress ignored Dick Armey and Phil Gramm.

Bill Clinto and Bob Rubin crafted the 1993 that Gingrich and Armey opposed and now insanely you want to take credit for. Interesting rewrite of history pal.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 19, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Thank God and Greyhound Bush is gone!!!

Posted by: racam | July 19, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

This leftist is trying to have it both ways. Clinton's economy was good but the Republicans who controlled it were bad.
It's a shame people like this get to put their incompetence in the voting both.

BTW, that tired old "Clinton handed" crap is just full of propaganda. Clinton with the Republican congress was helped tremendously by the soaring stock market form the huge DOT com business. Money flowed everywhere. The surplus was ONLY A PAPER PROJECTION. When the Dot com collapsed toward the end of the Clinton administration with the Republican congress, a recession was past on to Bush along with 9/11 from really bad security policy for years.
Posted by: jblast2000
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You are correct Sir. The contract with America, welfare reform, balance budget that along with the internet/Dot.com market created the boom.. in other words Bill Gates created a lot more jobs than Bill Clinton...

Posted by: sovine08 | July 19, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

A bunch if clueless angry liberals seemed to have swarmed the blog.

Posted by: Moonbat
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DUDE you republicans stole $7trillion from "We the People"..

I want my money back
and
will do do it with
the convincing side of a GUN!!

Thank god you republicans saved the NRA..

Posted by: vettessman | July 19, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

garys_opinion, excellent points about Bush vs Obama. Bush does have some fine points as a person and I would much rather have a beer with him than Obama. Now if the Republicans would just state what you are saying and admit the mistakes made during Bush II, they would be all set. I am very turned off by Obama and his spending, but have a ton of trouble believing that the Republicans can do any better. By defending Bush, I am led to believe that they will just cut taxes, fight wars and pay for nothing.

Posted by: gvelanis | July 19, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Fiscal responsibility, low taxes, low spending, government out of our lives ... I like the sound of that.

So tell me, republicans, point out an example of one of your guys who actually did any of that? You have to go back to Nixon to find the last republican president with a budget surplus ... and you know what Nixon did?

He instituted wage and price controls. That's your standard communist planned
economy, socialist ... you know, the words you're throwing at the democrats, like any of you putzes even know what they mean.

How about the standard line about democrats being weak on defense. Let's see, let's think of an example of the last president who was weak on defense ... one we can all agree about.

Hmmm, back in the 80's I think it was, didn't we have a president who sent our marines to Lebanon ... and then cut and ran like a coward when they were blown up?

Who was the craven weak-on-defense president? Surely, a democrat.

Posted by: jontomus | July 19, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

For the Republican Party leadership to attempt to defend George W. Bush is a clear signal to the electorate that the republicans need to be removed from office.George W. Bush's record of service was disastrous from the very beginning to the very end. Just look at the amount of debt we accrued under his leadership?? and the lives that were lost unnecessarily in combat and the message clearly comes home strongly that the republicans are asking to be put out to pasture to a man/woman.

Posted by: joe100821 | July 19, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

This leftist is trying to have it both ways.

Posted by: jblast2000
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WOW got to the second word before you validated your Racism...

Posted by: vettessman | July 19, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

A bunch if clueless angry liberals seemed to have swarmed the blog. No matter. The house is a foregone conclusion. The worst speaker in history will be gone.

Gingrich, Romney and huck all beat obungler in the latest poll. Poor impotent and inept obungler ties palin. He may be able to beat Jan brewer according to PPP, an ultra leftist polling org.

Cilizza is this the new format as I predicted?

The liberal mutual admiration echo chamber where we bash bush and blame anyone fir. every liberal failure.

Do any of you geniuses know who ran congress for 40 years prior to Clinton and his surplus? Do you remember the good years under bush before the worst speaker in history took over in 2006?

Didn't think so.

In summary. We had 12 good years under a repub congress, bookended by uncontrolled spending and legislative incompetence on both ends.

Posted by: Moonbat | July 19, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

leichtman -- didn't you know? repulicans live in a parallel fantasy universe, where tax cuts can be paid for with more tax cuts, and tax cuts create jobs. Look at all the jobs Bush's tax cuts created!

In the fantasy parallel world, the unemployment rate is 0% due to all those Bush tax cuts!

Posted by: drindl | July 19, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Bush did have a "paper surplus" but it wasn't real.
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Really?! Then why did his administration issue "surplus refunds" to every tax payer? He claimed "It's your money. That's why you're getting it back." Republicans being some of the most substantial recipients. If it wasn't real he truly is the WORST president ever.

Posted by: glacy3 | July 19, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I cannot WAIT for the next Daily Show!

Posted by: damascuspride04 | July 19, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone one seen the movie called W, its plain too see where his greed was he started this so called war in Iraq,an was privey to knowing about the attack in New York City that killed innocent people, he sacrificed these people all in order to go war with Iraq an fake war an not really capture the enemies. He's also fixed the vote in Florida to his favor so he could be President one more time. He's crook just like the rest an no good rotten to the core! He should be in Jail!@
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Please "W" was by Oliver Stone.. the guy who thought everyone but the tooth fairy was involved in killing Pres Kennedy. If you think that movie has anything to do with the truth you're NUTS!!!

Posted by: sovine08 | July 19, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

yea Gingrich had a lot to do with Clinton's success. Great rewrite of history something we are used to by the GOP.

1. Phil Gramm and Dick Armey: "Bill Clinton's budget is DOA and if passed
WILL DRIVE THE ECONOMY INTO THE DITCH"
2. Gingrich shuts down Congress and halts distribution of SS checks.

yea the GOP in some parralel world was responsible for Clinton's budget. As I recall all Rs voted against Clinton's 1993 budget and then used it in 1994 to take back Congress.

Poor poor George jblast he was handed a $233 Budget SWurplus
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This leftist is trying to have it both ways. Clinton's economy was good but the Republicans who controlled it were bad.
It's a shame people like this get to put their incompetence in the voting both.

BTW, that tired old "Clinton handed" crap is just full of propaganda. Clinton with the Republican congress was helped tremendously by the soaring stock market form the huge DOT com business. Money flowed everywhere. The surplus was ONLY A PAPER PROJECTION. When the Dot com collapsed toward the end of the Clinton administration with the Republican congress, a recession was past on to Bush along with 9/11 from really bad security policy for years.

Posted by: jblast2000 | July 19, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

GWB was bad news, but he is old news now. The Rs, according to the article, are playing on that fact. I would not expect Rs to use GWB as an ace in the hole. I would expect Rs to try to keep Ds from continuing to use GWB as their ace in the hole. Please note the distinction.
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The WaPo reports today that Issa [CA-R], has written the Prez to ask him to fill the 15 vacancies in various Admin IG offices. Heretofore I have thought that Rs were blocking timely appointments, 15 months into a D Admin. If Issa is signalling that Rs realize not having IGs is actually a guarantee of inefficient and bad governance and that now they will quickly approve the appointment of all the prospective IGs who are waiting in the wings I applaud him.

Oh, wait a sec - it is the SENATE that advises and consents to appointments, not the House. I hope Issa wrote to McConnell and Cornyn and DeMint and the Senators from OK, too, expressing his concern. If he did that, I will take it as a positive, and not a political posture. Anybody know?

I for one am a fan of good governance and actually fear the level of internal mischief not having them permits.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 19, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Their argument is all about the money; the GOP want to expand and make permanent the tax cut for 2% of the rich in America. I keep hearing this statement but when you look at the budget and in main language this average out to about $700, 000,000,000 or $700 billion dollars. Think about how this money could really help the under and unemployed. Well, the rich gets richer and the poor gets poorer.

Yet the Republicans do not want to extend the unemployment benefits to the unemployed.

Posted by: sun52shine | July 19, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Talk about all of the things that Republicans say that they hate: revisionist history, activist judges, debt, spending, and on and on. The Republicans are now a party of tax cuts and no government. Surely, this will take care of the national debt. What a joke!

Posted by: EarlC | July 19, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

let's see jblast: the economy hemorages
-750,000 jobs p/month under Bush; 100,000 jobs p/month being created under Obama and Obama is killing the economy? what universe is that?

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 19, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Republicans/GOP are counting on people's short term memories kicking in in 2012. History revisionist professionals.

Unemployment was rampant during Bush. The economy was going strong until he was elected and then it had a heart-attack and almost died. If not for 9-11 he would NEVER have been elected again, but with the help of the right-wing press he and his administration was given a pass for 9-11 happening during their watch and being completely unprepared for a disaster of any kind afterward - think Katrina.

Oh yeah, Please use GWB! He can help Sarah Palin. I can't wait to see her debate.

Posted by: glacy3 | July 19, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Obama is making Bush look like a genius!

Posted by: garys_opinion | July 19, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse


garys, do you realy beleive that? This Economic was inherited by OBama from Bush, why it is fair to criticize OBama at least acknowledge what he inherited. I find it interesting that you right wingers want to criticize OBama but overlook the fact that GW Bush inherited a Surplus but blew all away on 911 when that was preventable. At least that's your excuse.. you F**** JackA$$$$

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Bush did have a "paper surplus" but it wasn't real. I didn't think Bush was the greatest President we ever had... I actually didn't care for him too much at all.... but, give him credit for 1 thing... He NEVER once blamed any of his problems on someone else. He just took it and kept his mouth shut. Obama has spent his entire time telling everyone that it isn't his fault, it was all Bush, he inherited this mess. Every step he takes to fix something makes it worse and he tells us that it was even worse than he though and the mess Bush left him has made the task harder and it would have been worse if he didn't do what he had done.

At some point, you must take responsibility for something. Obama acts like a kid who has never grown up. 5 year olds always blame everything on someone else.. some where along the way they grow up and take responsibility for their actions, or inaction.

Even after Bush has left office he has kept with the ling standing tradition of not speaking out on the current President. He may be a lot of things we don't like but he at least is acting with some class.

Posted by: tbastian | July 19, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

The very best thing the Republicans can do is admit to the mistakes they made during the Bush II years. I am a lifetime Democrat who has recently been voting Republican, but the defense of President Bush and Chaney is a huge turnoff. It is impossible to take their balance the budget claims as credible as long as they do not acknowledge and explain the deficit run up under their watch. The Republicans are toying with the snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory scenario. It is just plain stupid.

Posted by: gvelanis | July 19, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Every single job that was created during the Bush years was wiped out in the meltdown that occurred in 2008. I suppose Sessions has no chance of losing his job, so he can talk gibberish and not suffer any consequences.

Are these people really that disconnected from reality? Why are they winning in the polls? How stupid a country are we, anyway? Should we really send any more of them back to Washington?

Posted by: fishellb | July 19, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Bush and Hoover were the two best Presidents our nation has seen, and their immediate predecessors did nothing but drive the country into a giant ditch.

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Put the cool aid down man, you had too much.

Posted by: jjgrah | July 19, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone one seen the movie called W, its plain too see where his greed was he started this so called war in Iraq,an was privey to knowing about the attack in New York City that killed innocent people, he sacrificed these people all in order to go war with Iraq an fake war an not really capture the enemies. He's also fixed the vote in Florida to his favor so he could be President one more time. He's crook just like the rest an no good rotten to the core! He should be in Jail!

Posted by: JWTX | July 19, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

yea Gingrich had a lot to do with Clinton's success. Great rewrite of history something we are used to by the GOP.

1. Phil Gramm and Dick Armey: "Bill Clinton's budget is DOA and if passed
WILL DRIVE THE ECONOMY INTO THE DITCH"
2. Gingrich shuts down Congress and halts distribution of SS checks.

yea the GOP in some parralel world was responsible for Clinton's budget. As I recall all Rs voted against Clinton's 1993 budget and then used it in 1994 to take back Congress.

Poor poor George jblast he was handed a $233 Budget Surplus and w/i months turned it into a trillion dollar deficit. Clinton who was then out of office for a year must have been to blame. Kind of reminds me how Bush and Perry blew through our Texas $1 billion dollar Rainy Day Fund and now has Texas competing closely with California' for the nation's highest budget deficit, $18 billion. Yea the GOP are great stewarts of the budget. They should be trusted why? Oh yea its that GOP rewrite of history we should trust.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 19, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

People had more jobs when Clinton was president (remember the last budget surplus we had?) ... but that didn't stop the republicans from trying to cut his balls off.

The republicans don't mind success, as long as it's republican success. They can't seem to deal with anybody else doing well however.

Posted by: jontomus | July 19, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Republicans are azzholes.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | July 19, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone one seen the movie called W, its plain too see where his greed was he started this so called war in Iraq,an was privey to knowing about the attack in New York City that killed innocent people, he sacrificed these people all in order to go war with Iraq an fake war an not really capture the enemies. He's also fixed the vote in Florida to his favor so he could be President one more time. He's crook just like the rest an no good rotten to the core! He should be in Jail!

Posted by: JWTX | July 19, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone one seen the movie called W, its plain too see where his greed was he started this so called war in Iraq,an was privey to knowing about the attack in New York City that killed innocent people, he sacrificed these people all in order to go war with Iraq an fake war an not really capture the enemies. He's also fixed the vote in Florida to his favor so he could be President one more time. He's crook just like the rest an no good rotten to the core! He should be in Jail!@

Posted by: JWTX | July 19, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

"Today on CNN’s State of the Union, host Candy Crowley asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) about the NAACP’s resolution calling on the Tea Party movement to condemn the “racist elements” in its ranks. McConnell, however, brushed aside accusations of racism, saying he’s “got better things to do”:
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Good answer... Look the NAACP only gets in the news now when it cries RACISM!! Saying there are racists in the Tea party is just their way to get attention.. it's sad really an organization that use to mean something now forced to resort to this. Besides what the NAACP doesn't think there are anti-white members within it's own ranks??? Why do I think there are more Black racists in the NAACP than white racists in the Tea party.. to me they should clean their own house first before worrying about others. Besides what's their proof.. posters of Obama as Hitler?? Please did the NAACP complain about all the posters of Bush as Hitler?? Did they call those people racist??? This is a non issue.. today there is a Black President and Black Attorny General so what purpose does the NAACP serve? They are IRRELEVANT!!!!

Posted by: sovine08 | July 19, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Republicans would gain more credibility by apologizing to the nation for giving us Bush.

But do they do instead? They try to stick us with another ninny named Sarah Palin.

I honestly suspect that these candidates are selected precisely because they are stupid. These puppets keep the office filled while the rest of the GOP loots the country from behind the scenes.

Posted by: Miss_Fedelm | July 19, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Are the Republicans Insane? Defend bush?


It has happened the insane have taken over the Asylum.

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | July 19, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

The core issue for Republicans is that they have nothing to run on. They can't run on Bush, and they don't have a coherent and defensible platform that their base can get behind without alienating independents and sane people. In short, they are not deserving of power, and I think their electoral standing will deteriorate as November approaches for that very reason.

Posted by: jeffwacker | July 19, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Obama is making Bush look like a genius!

Posted by: garys_opinion | July 19, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse


garys, do you realy beleive that? This Economic was inherited by OBama from Bush, why it is fair to criticize OBama at least acknowledge what he inherited. I find it interesting that you right wingers want to criticize OBama but overlook the fact that GW Bush inherited a Surplus but blew all away on 911 when that was preventable. At least that's your excuse.. you F**** JackA$$$$

Posted by: aunkmaa | July 19, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

@jblast2000

You are F. O. S.

Seriously....

Posted by: hinterlight
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ROFL, this is the content of most leftist post, NONE.
You probably voted for the Obaminationi of America who is killing the economy and spending us into oblivion. Obama has lost the Independents who were duped and the business community who were duped.

If you want to see someone who is F O S, look in the mirror

Posted by: jblast2000 | July 19, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

yea Gingrich had a lot to do with Clinton's success. Great rewrite of history something we are used to by the GOP.

1. Phil Gramm and Dick Armey: "Bill Clinton's budget is DOA and if passed
WILL DRIVE THE ECONOMY INTO THE DITCH"
2. Gingrich shuts down Congress and halts distribution of SS checks.

yea the GOP in some parralel world was responsible for Clinton's budget. As I recall all Rs voted against Clinton's 1993 budget and then used it in 1994 to take back Congress.

Poor poor George jblast he was handed a $233 Budget SWurplus and w/i months turned it into a trillion dollar deficit. Clinton who was then out of office for a year must have been to blame. Kind of reminds me how Bush and Perry blew threw our Texas $1 billion dollar Rainy Day Fund and now has Texas competing closely with California' for the nation's highest budget deficit, $18 billion. Yea the GOP are great stewarts of the budget. They should be trusted why? Oh yea its that GOP rewrite of history we should trust.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 19, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Defend the legacy of GW? If that's what the republicans plan to do to bolster their candidates, then let 'em have at it. There simply isn't any defense of the worst president in US history.

Other than maybe the south, this will surely backfire. I live in Tennessee and the commercials being aired now for republican gubernatorial and congressional candidates are borderline racist (we'll stop the socialist Obama) and downright idiotic.

So by all means, let the republican party use GW as their focal point - they will fail miserably (again). As the saying goes, you can put lipstick on a pig, but damned if it isn't still a pig.

Posted by: mapdesigns | July 19, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

To the National GOP and all who believe their lies: It was in April of 2008 when I was one of nearly 800 people nationwide who were in a RFI at my then-employer. There are millions upon millions of us who lost our jobs BEFORE Bush went out of office in 2009. Many of us still have not been able to find employment. I can only hope that every last person who lost work before Bush left office shoves it back in the fact of the GOP in every possible way to shove it back.

Posted by: nana1ellen | July 19, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

To the National GOP and all who believe their lies: It was in April of 2008 when I was one of nearly 800 people nationwide who were in a RFI at my then-employer. There are millions upon millions of us who lost our jobs BEFORE Bush went out of office in 2009. Many of us still have not been able to find employment. I can only hope that every last person who lost work before Bush left office shoves it back in the fact of the GOP in every possible way to shove it back.

Posted by: nana1ellen | July 19, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

He did keep us safe after 9/11. But, as a conservative, I prefer to think of his presidency as eight wasted years and one war too many.

Hope Iraq does well over the long term.

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I never understood when people said Bush's policies kept us safe from terrorist attacks. How do we know that. The absence of something occuring doesn't necessarily mean it was due to the actions of someone else.

Maybe terrorists decided after 9/11 that they should lay low for a while at least lay low as far as attacking the US mainland.

The absence of attacks is not proof that someone kept us safe from attacks it only shows that an attack did not happen.

To show that someone kept us safe from attacks would require providing information and documentation on planned attacks that were stopped due to the policies put in place. If a non partisan group can review that information and agree that yes Bush's policies did keep us safe then fine untill then I'll just take it as propaganda from the right.

Posted by: 6thsense79 | July 19, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

In 8 brief years, the governance of George W. Bush has seriously undermined that which American presidents have worked over 200 years to build, one writer has coined these years as "America's Dark Ages".

So few times in our history has a single administration been so awfully misguided on so many issues. For the record... 1) Iraq, we are still mired in a conflict that was the result of one person's revenge again threats made against his father. 2) Budget, upon entering office in 2000, the office of management and budget forecast surpluses as far as the eye could see. In 8 short years the Bush administration turned these surpluses back into the deficits we were accustomed to prior to the Clinton administration. 3) Auto industry, the Bush administration denied California a waiver that would have allowed them to require better fuel standards. This certainly didn't help Detroit prepare for an inevitable future of better fuel efficiency. 4) Financial regulation, the Bush administration chose not to regulate derivatives early in his first administration. We all know the results from this decision. 5) Waived penalties on corrupt federal contractors that permitted them to resume business as usual. 6) Defeated predatory lending legislation (HB 3915, 2007) targeting "no money down" lending programs. 7) Used student surveys to validate compliance with NCAA title IX provisions. 8) Nominated Bernard Kerik, former police commissioner of New York and now a convicted felon, to run the Department of Homeland Security. 9) Inspectors at Minerals Management Services, from 2005-2007, had accepted gifts from oil companies they were overseeing and falsified inspection reports. 10) Established an "estate tax schedule" whereby people dying in 2010 are rewarded for the miraculous timing of their demise while the not so fortunate are penalized. 11) The American people should be thankful the Bush Administration did not successfully privatized Social Security in the hands of Bennie Madoff, Bear-Stearns or Lehman Brothers? 12) Apppinted Donald L Korb Chief Council of the IRS who was friendly with America's tax cheats. He worked to nullify the IRS's "whistleblower" program costng the Federal Government lost taxes.

Posted by: 4blazek | July 19, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Their best bet would be to have him have an "ACCIDENT"!

Posted by: mudbone | July 19, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

One of the worst things the GOP could possibly due is bring up George W. Bush and get people thinking back about those days. That may help the "base" but it certainly won't help with independents.

Most people that aren't biased do not hold a very favorable recollection of Bush and his policies...

Posted by: lightgrw | July 19, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

bush should have been executed for lying us into his unnecessary war which will cost $TRILLIONS and the lives of thousand brave Americans.

Hopefully, the worthless drunk will step foot in a country that will arrest him and try him for war crimes, mass murder, and crimes against humanity.

The surest way for the repubs to stay in the minority is to remind the American people what a great job that drunken traitor did to this country.

Posted by: rcubedkc | July 19, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

How stupid are these guys??

Bush/Cheney plus nutbags like "Right" Angle and Rand Paul are their ticket to retaking Congress? ROFL

BTW, kudos to the voters of Nevada for seeing that nutbag Angle would be an embarrassment as their Senator.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 19, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I want some of what Cornyn is smoking. He's got the GOOD stuff.

Posted by: luridone | July 19, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

After reading the Washington Post's headline article, I am amazed that the Republicans dare to say that Bush was competent. Can they say categorically which of the myriad of redundant departments delivered the message that there were WMDs in Iraq?

Government spending? I would rather that my tax dollar went to someone unemployed or for a child's breakfast at school than waste it on more "intelligence".

Intelligence in the Republican Party is an oxymoron.

And President Obama has swallowed it hook, line and sinker.

Mr. President, this is the Republican's poison pill for you. Even so, I don't think the GOP will take over the Congress. America doesn't like what you've done so far; but, it likes even less what the GOP and Bush/Cheney did.

It's going to take a long time to get over the mess they created.

Posted by: epespinoza43 | July 19, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

After reading the Washington Post's headline article, I am amazed that the Republicans dare to say that Bush was competent. Can they say categorically which of the myriad of redundant departments delivered the message that there were WMDs in Iraq?

Government spending? I would rather that my tax dollar went to someone unemployed or for a child's breakfast at school than waste it on more "intelligence".

Intelligence in the Republican Party is an oxymoron.

And President Obama has swallowed it hook, line and sinker.

Mr. President, this is the Republican's poison pill for you. Even so, I don't think the GOP will take over the Congress. America doesn't like what you've done so far; but, it likes even less what the GOP and Bush/Cheney did.

It's going to take a long time to get over the mess they created.

Posted by: epespinoza43 | July 19, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

After reading the Washington Post's headline article, I am amazed that the Republicans dare to say that Bush was competent. Can they say categorically which of the myriad of redundant departments delivered the message that there were WMDs in Iraq?

Government spending? I would rather that my tax dollar went to someone unemployed or for a child's breakfast at school than waste it on more "intelligence".

Intelligence in the Republican Party is an oxymoron.

And President Obama has swallowed it hook, line and sinker.

Mr. President, this is the Republican's poison pill for you. Even so, I don't think the GOP will take over the Congress. America doesn't like what you've done so far; but, it likes even less what the GOP and Bush/Cheney did.

It's going to take a long time to get over the mess they created.

Posted by: epespinoza43 | July 19, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton put us on track to eliminate the national debt by 2013 by balancing the budget. 22 million jobs were created, the economy boomed, productivity grew faster than it had for decades. Technological innovation flowered.
Posted by: themoderate | July 19, 2010 9:38 AM

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Clinton?
And if you want to compliment Clinton then you have to give kudos to the Republican Congress under Gingrich which was in place for 3/4 of Clinton's administration and of course you know that's where laws are made and budgets set. They were both helped by the huge dot com business, the Republican capital gain tax reduction and the Republican welfare reform that Clinton did sign after 3 attempts. Money flowed everywhere including revenues to the governmet. And then, the Dot Com business Collapsed Big time. And Clinton handed Bush a collapsing stock market and a recession.
Bush took over during an economic down turn triggered by the collapsing stock market because of the Dot com businesses going south. Coupled with 9/11 the economy was in some trouble. President Bush did and excellent job of recovery and yes the tax cuts did help. We've had years of low unemployment, low inflation, great stock market in spite of the liberal media trying to talk it down throughout his administration.
And then the Toxic Assets hit from bad the Democrat controlled FNMA and bad policy from Democrats and Moderates that wanted to put people in homes that couldn’t afford it. And the energy crisis form primarily Democrats blocking all practical energy production and just standing by and watching as gas prices quadrupled.


Posted by: jblast2000 | July 19, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Bush is a war criminal and nothing will ever change that, no matter how the GOP tries to rewrite history.

Posted by: EdSantaFe | July 19, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I think it is a fine idea to remind all voters all avcross America that this is the party of bush, and that if elected they will once again try to revive the policy agenda of the bush years. Go for it. Sounds like America wins with that strategy, or should I say "strategery?"

Posted by: John1263 | July 19, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

The dumbing down of America continues with a defense of George Walker Bush.

Posted by: whocares666 | July 19, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Bush was Americas WORST president and Cheney was worse than Bush! They may fool some GOPers again but no way the American people are going to forget the sick, incompetent fool that caused the collapse of the economy and attcked Iraq for no good reason. Get real.

Posted by: cartercamp | July 19, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: prossers7

"No-one defends Bush's spending, but as a president, George W. Bush was a thousand times better than Barack....Hussein....Obama."

A thousand times better???? Hah, hah.

"George W. Bush never attempted to take away the internet from America."

And so Obama has???? When did this ever happen???? Sounds like extreme paranoia to me.

"George W. Bush never attempted to kill old people to save money. If you don't believe that Obama is doing this take your elderly Mother to hospital like I did this weekend and see for yourself. Obama has told hospitals to 'let them go.'"

Good Lord, you are paranoid, and brainwashed to boot!

"George W. Bush never attempted to give away the store to Russia and then turn around and say that Russia likes us now, like a fool."

No, Bush gave away the store to his Texan defense contractor buddies...Obama has given away anything.

"George W. Bush never tried to take all your money in taxes so he could give it to the poor people against your will."

No, Bush cut taxes for the wealthy and ran up 6 trillion dollars in debt, all of which is now on the backs of future generations.

"George W. Bush in eight (8) years spent less than 1/3 of what Obama spent in 15 months. Look it up, it's documented!"

Where? Bush ran up 6 trillion dollars in debt in 8 years, and stuck Obama with an economy in recession and a trillion dollar deficit over which Obama had little control.

"George W. Bush never attempted to take over your lives and tell you how to live OR ELSE like Obama has."

And has this really happened? Where and When? Bush violated the Constitution, attempted to set himself up as a virtual dictator not subject to the Constitution, under his "unitary executive" theory, spied on US citizens, lied to the public, engaged in massive fraud, and aided and abetted the exporting of our jobs and our manufacturing capabilities overseas.

"The list goes on and on."

Yes the list of outrages perpetuated by Bush.

"IMPEACH OBAMA."

For what? IMPEACH BUSH and CHENEY. They are war criminals and torturers.



Posted by: Chagasman | July 19, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Why defend and convince about Bush if he was such a good president?

What's the need? His actions speak for themselves.

And just how good a president was Bush if he took (or whatever) all *his jobs* with him when he left the presidency?
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Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | July 19, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Why? Who cares about Bush's legacy? This is the worst idea the GOP has had yet. Going from the party of no and the obstructionists supreme to just simply denying the fact that Bush was the worst president ever is incomprehensible. What's the point and where's the profit?

Unless they're grooming another Bush to run. Trying to clean up that family name?

Posted by: joebanks | July 19, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

What Bush-Cheney "Leave-Behinds" Have Wrought:

WA-PO 'TOP SECRET AMERICA' SERIES' SKIRTS ISSUE OF EXTRAJUDICIAL PERSECUTION OF 'TARGETED' AMERICANS

Attention Dana Priest, WaPo editors (pls. fwd):

Has WaPo's preoccupation with bureaucratic process produced "can't see the forest for the trees" journalism? These "programs" include many programs of personal destruction -- a PURGE of American society...

...such as the covert multi- billion dollar cell tower- mounted microwave laser radio frequency "directed energy" weapon system deployed and operational all across America -- being used to silently impair and degrade the health and physiological and neurological functioning of extrajudicially "targeted" Americans -- including this longtime mainstream journalist.

Exhibit A: U.S. Patent No. 7629918, held by Raytheon Corp.

The REAL story is EXTRAJUDICIAL TARGETING, TORTURE, PERSECUTION AND FINANCIAL SABOTAGE OF THOUSANDS, PERHAPS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS.

To help WaPo see the forest for the tress, please read these articles:

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-govt-uses-spoofed-web-pages-and-urls-censor-internet
OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (stories lede stories and links herein)

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 19, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton put us on track to eliminate the national debt by 2013 by balancing the budget. 22 million jobs were created, the economy boomed, productivity grew faster than it had for decades. Technological innovation flowered.

The Reagan revolution crashed under George the Second under the weight of a spending spree that even republicans like Senator McCain said would put a drunken sailor to shame. George the First warned us about voodoo economics. George the Second brought it back with a vengeance. The result? The Great Recession, the loss of millions of jobs, and the destruction of several trillion dollars of wealth. And where is the agonizing reappraisal? The Republicans have not even admitted what damage they have done. They are all about power, money, self adulation. They are not about doing the people's business well.

I hope the American people are too smart to put these unrepentant clowns back in power. They will bankrupt the Nation.

Posted by: themoderate | July 19, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

The GOP defending the antics of George W. Bush, who had a message from "God" to invade Iraq and led us to the brink of economic collapse? That George W. Bush?

That's an argument we Dems can easily win. Keep it up GOP, you'll soon lose many seats in Congress this time around too!

Posted by: dc1020008 | July 19, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

"Bush's stock has gone up a lot since he left office," adding: "I think a lot people are looking back with more fondness on President Bush's administration, and I think history will treat him well."

Wow, how far does your head have to be up your @$$ to make such a ridiculous statement? Bush and the GOP have done far more damage to this country than Al Qaeda ever did. Too bad the teabaggers and other conservatives voluntarily have their heads way up their own @$$es and refuse to acknowledge the turd sandwich W left Obama to clean up.

Posted by: mojo975 | July 19, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton put us on track to eliminate the national debt by 2013 by balancing the budget. 22 million jobs were created, the economy boomed, productivity grew faster than it had for decades. Technological innovation flowered.

The Reagan revolution crashed under George the Second under the weight of a spending spree that even republicans like Senator McCain said would put a drunken sailor to shame. George the First warned us about voodoo economics. George the Second brought it back with a vengeance. The result? The Great Recession, the loss of millions of jobs, and the destruction of several trillion dollars of wealth. And where is the agonizing reappraisal? The Republicans have not even admitted what damage they have done. They are all about power, money, self adulation. They are not about doing the people's business well.

I hope the American people are too smart to put these unrepentant clowns back in power. They will bankrupt the Nation.

Posted by: themoderate | July 19, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Obama is making Bush look like a genius!

Posted by: garys_opinion | July 19, 2010 9:32 AM
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Obama's good but he can't do the impossible. To paraphrase the old saying, even Obama cannot make a silk purse from a sow's ear.

Posted by: Lefty_ | July 19, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

LMAO PLEASE Republicans, please do run on Bush for the mid-terms. He was one of the stupidist, corrupt and disastrous presidencies in the history of this nation. Go ahead, make our day.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | July 19, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

The Republican mantra for some time has been:

"Fear keeps the masses in line.
Lies repeated become truths believed."

You can see it everywhere this election cycle as well.

Posted by: HillRat | July 19, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Corny and Sessions do not have a clue. They only listen to themselves so they have no idea what Americans are thinking. I don't know anyone who misses Bush/Cheney. Why can't the Republican party come up with thoughtful ideals on ways to bring our country out of our financial problems and work with Democrats to bring jobs back to this country. Coryn and Sessions only care about pleasing their corporate masters and nothing about the middle class in this country. They should be booted out of office.

Posted by: sharronkm | July 19, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

To prove what a fab President he was, how his popularity is booming and how intelligent his financial plan for Anmerica was, I think George Bush should come to PA and campaign with Toomey this Fall. I think Bush would really help Toomey's numbers!

Toomey's plan to *rescue* this country from Recession is exactly the same plan Bush used to put us *in* the Recession.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 19, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

First Republicans are running on how Reagan ran the government not Bush. Small government, cuting spending. Bush did some things right but he and Congress did spend to much.. The problem now is Dems are doing what Bush did only more of it. As far as the war mistakes were made in Iraq.. but for those who say we should never have gone in do you really believe we would be better off today in a nuclear arms race between Iran and Saddam's Iraq. (cause there is no way Saddam would allow Iran to get Nukes if he didn't get them too?). Repubs just need to be clear in what they believe.. the private sector creates jobs NOT government.. higher taxes, more regulation causes uncertainty for business and that's what's killing the job market. The business round table came out against Obama's policies saying it's hurting business and their ability to hire. Repubs should start with that...

Posted by: sovine08 | July 19, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Obama is making Bush look like a genius!

Posted by: garys_opinion | July 19, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Bush and Hoover were the two best Presidents our nation has seen, and their immediate predecessors did nothing but drive the country into a giant ditch.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | July 19, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

dfolk1, I stand corrected! I was merely commenting from my place in the middle class (and slipping). Nice post!

Posted by: captainmac2001 | July 19, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Not only did people have jobs during Bush's years, but Bush was "there"??

Man, these Repubs will just look you in the face and lie all day long.

How many millions of jobs were lost as Bush kept saying the economy was fine? More than under Obama.

As far as "being there", yes, Dubya did remind me a bit of Chance the Gardener, but where exactly was he? On the ranch, taking more vacation time than any other president in history.

Yes, GOP, go ahead with that "Bush was just misunderestimated" line, it's a real winner.

Posted by: hitpoints | July 19, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

More propaganda from the Bush-baggers. And all this despite GW's claim he would wait for "History" to exonerate him. A runaway security system, a tarnished international reputation, a collapsing economy, two military quagmires, torture, kidnapping and murder. Such a "legacy" is hard to wash clean. I assume George is working hard in his presidential "lie-berry" trying to shed a shadow on his "accomplishments".

CB in Hamburg

Posted by: chrisbrown12 | July 19, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

The Cornyn '12 campaign rolls on.

Posted by: mattintx | July 19, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

More propaganda from the Bush-baggers. And all this despite GW's claim he would wait for "History" to exonerate him. A runaway security system, a tarnished international reputation, a collapsing economy, two military quagmires, torture, kidnapping and murder. Such a "legacy" is hard to wash clean. I assume George is working hard in his presidential "lie-berry" trying to shed a shadow on his "accomplishments".

CB in Hamburg

Posted by: chrisbrown12 | July 19, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

@jblast2000

You are F. O. S.

Seriously....

Posted by: hinterlight | July 19, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

I don't see how you can defend George W. Bush. He added more to the deficit than all the presidents before him combined. He left us in a depression/recession. He gave tax cuts to the rich and killed the middle class. He was so lax on regulation that oil wells and coal mines were not inspected properly, toys were allowed in with lead, and food was often contaminated. And there were no WMDs.

I find the Republicans hypocritical, especially in regard to the deficit. The two presidents who added most to the deficit (more than all the presidents before them combined) were Reagan and GW Bush. And now the GOP shouts about the deficit as if the Democrats created it.

Cut taxes for the rich and filibuster continued unemployment benefits for the very people your policies put out of work. That's the GOP.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | July 19, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Bush's order..along with his sidekick..Cheney decided to invade Iraq based on fabricated information...the real why will be up to historians.

That said, the Iraq War was a war of choice...I hole former President Bush responsible for the deaths of several of my friends..and for the thousands of those wounded...

I only hope the faceless souls of those lost visit both Bush and Cheney each and every night....

Posted by: LTC11A | July 19, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

George Bush and the Big Moneyed Republican oil industry had the keys to the bus for 8 years and drove it off a cliff, Now they want the keys back. My God are the people in this country who support there agenda that stupid. I guess that is why it is called the dumbing down of America.

Posted by: tracer3 | July 19, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

As a devout Republican, I say the Bush/Cheney presidency was the greatest since George Washington's. President Bush/Cheney understood that the only legitimate function was to funnel the nation's wealth into the pockets of the top 1/10th of 1 percent who rightfully own America. We need to restore the GOP to power, so we can resurrect this policy while distracting the idiot electorate with a renewed Holy Christian Crusade against the Islamic Hordes.

Posted by: senbilboredux | July 19, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

captainmac2001- you have it wrong

Trickle down DOES work.

For the wealthy

Tax cuts for the
rich DO work.

For the wealthy

De-regulation DOES work

You get the idea

Posted by: dfolk1 | July 19, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Would that be Congressman Pete "TALIBAN" Sessions? You know, the one who called for a "Taliban-style insurgency"?
Who are America's TRUE enemies? Why are we wasting time and money in Afghanistan and Iraq when the real threat is the radical terrorists right here at home?

Posted by: TOMHERE | July 19, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Bush and Cheney trampled the Constitution, lied about WMD, made us a torture nation, and started two illegal wars. Both are war criminals who should be brought to trial.

Posted by: EdSantaFe | July 19, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

So what did this sonofabeech Bush do now?
I guess it doesn't matter, as whenever Obama fails, he blames it Bush and he is quite vocal about it. It is a cowardly thing to blame others, but only an incompetent fool blames others for his own failures and mistakes. No accountability, no ethics and no clue.

Posted by: jmk55 | July 19, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

captainmac2001- you have it wrong

Trickle down DOES work.

For the wealthy

Tax cuts for the
rich DO work.

For the wealthy

De-regulation DOES work

You get the idea

Posted by: dfolk1 | July 19, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

"Rich Lowry, the editor of the conservative National Review, called Cronyn and Sessions’ performance “disappointing” on Twitter, writing, “a consensus GOP agenda” is “badly needed…so these guys have something to say.”

In a candid moment on Bill Bennett’s radio show this week, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) seemed to admit why Republicans refuse to give specifics. Republicans shouldn’t “lay out an agenda,” King said, because people might not like it."


In other words, they don't have any idea what they want to do, and if they did they wouldn't tell us.

Posted by: drindl | July 19, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse


Why is it that President Bush is unable to defend his own record?

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | July 19, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

FraudObama,

What did Bush do that proved he loved this country? Did he stop Bin Laden? Did he catch Bin Laden? Did he adhere to the values of our country? Did he help increase the size of the middle class, decrease the size of the lower class, and help more people become millionaires? Did he invest in our failing infrastructure? Did he have a plan to help the citizens of New Orleans? Did he regulate Wall Street to help Main Street? Did he increase funding to help maimed vets?

No.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | July 19, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Get real with Gorge jr. and Dick for the history book will.

Posted by: usapdx | July 19, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse


Yes, Bush was not a conservative and did not use his veto pen enough and moderate Republicans spent like Drunkin Democrats BUT Obama and Democrats makes that spending look like pocket change...
That being saiid,
Congratulations President Bush!
Well deserved!
You took over after Clinton handed you a recession and a declining stock market and then 9/11. But you turned that around in the midst of the liberal media constantly trashing you and providing propaganda for the ignorant that actually believed them.
No attacks after 9/11, low unemployment, TAX CUTS that stimulated the economy, low inflation, record high stock market, stable interest rates, low debt to GNP ratio, still a good flow of oil which is a MAJOR part of our economic engine…this is in spite of insane members of the Democratic party trying to stop this flow by their stance of no drilling, no refineries, no nuclear, complicated formulations for different states, all which caused a rise in energy costs and EVERY thing along with it. And yes good things are happening in Iraq thanks to the bravest and the finest MEN in the world. Stability and a Democratic country are HUGE in the ME for the world’s sake. All this and more in spite of Democrats that are still trying to surrender amidst victory and along with a media that trashes him daily. Damn good for having to drag the dead weight of all the naysayers.
Years of Democrat Damage:
Democrats in congress are responsible for the biggest failure in the last 60 years:
Two Really Bad Policies:
1} blocking ALL new practical domestic energy in an ever increasing worldwide need for more energy. This drove up the cost of EVERYTHING causing businesses to contract, consumers to stop consuming and tenuous loans to crater
2} Pressuring, for years, institutions into making loans to people that either could not pay them back or just barely pay them back. They labeled institutions as Red Lining for NOT doing this. They also turned FNMA into a welfare program and when the energy prices tripled it pushed those tenuous loans over the cliff pouring toxic assets in the credit markets.
When the Democrats took over congress 2 years ago, the economy headed south.
Congratulations to the President and our brave soldiers.


BTW, 9/11 was planed under Clinton's nose with terrorists learning to fly commercial jets but not to take off or land them. Saddam kicked out the inspectors in 1998 and Clinton did Nothing. Clinton was offered Bin Laden but did Nothing. Then there was Clinton Jamie Gorelick's famous meno, the "Wall of Separation" that further hurt our deterioated securty going back to Carter who didn't want are foreign agents mingling with undesireables there. Even the Bipartisan 9/11 commission knowing all this cast NO blame.
Bush inherited the huge dotcom collapse, a declining Stock Marked, recession and REALLY bad security from years of neglect...

Posted by: jblast2000 | July 19, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

"and it was the the Banks and people getting homes they couldn't afford that caused the economy to crash more than any policy Bush launched."
________________________

Actually it was an inability for petroleum to keep up with worldwide demand that precipitated the crash. The fact that wide bets on further growth in the financial sector were exposed as a result should not be confused with the primary cause.

Alas, politicians of neither stripe want to talk about the insoluble nature of the fundamental problem although further drilling will help which makes Republicans slightly better.

Posted by: edbyronadams | July 19, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse


Why Aren't he and Cheney at the Hague yet? Because they passed a midnight law making it illegal for the US to send them!

THAT's the hallmark of a "good leader" for the modern GOP!

Posted by: janeway1 | July 19, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Interesting strategy for the Republicans. For two years that have urged the people to forget Bush and now they are trying to re-define him. They usually wait a few more years before their revisionists try to modify the always sullied image of failed Republican presidents. Of course, there are so many, it probably takes a while to get to everyone.
It’s hard to say what the people will do with the new improved George Bush, but history will definitely treat him just as he was, a failure, a warmonger, and a person of lesser intelligence. Historians always look at long term policies and Bush’s are proving to be one series of disasters after another. Obama’s task of cleaning up George Bush’s many messes makes Hercules’ job of cleaning out the stables look tame. Reagan is viewed as a failure by history, Bush be viewed as one as well.

Posted by: ElectricBill | July 19, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

1. Once blaming Bush became a serious component of the Democratic strategy, some defense was natural. Republicans have been backed into a corner as they can't just say they don't want to talk about it. Such as, oh, bigots in the tea party. For those who complain about this tactic, Reagan was STILL blaming Carter in '86. What comes around…


3. Getting close enough to shut down the place will satisfy the Republicans. I wonder if a 55 - 45 (or rather, a 54 - 3 - 43) Senate is the right kind of environment to drop the deficit commission's report. It would be a put up or shut up moment for anyone serious about deficit reduction and limiting growth of the debt. Get the deficit down to 1 - 2% and natural economic growth will limit the impact of the debt.

Comments. Did anyone else around here know that the president's… middle… name… was Hussein? Props to prosser for some serious investigative reporting.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 19, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse


Why Aren't he and Cheney at the Hague yet? Because they passed a midnight law making it illegal for the US to send them!

THAT's the hallmark of a "good leader" for the modern GOP!

Posted by: janeway1 | July 19, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

If the Republicans genuinely think Bush is great, then why did they make the historic move of keeping both Bush and Cheney out of their convention in 2008?

Usually the sitting President kicks off the convention and leads it. But not with Bush and Cheney. It seems the party was ashamed of these two at the time.

Posted by: Miss_Fedelm | July 19, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

"Today on CNN’s State of the Union, host Candy Crowley asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) about the NAACP’s resolution calling on the Tea Party movement to condemn the “racist elements” in its ranks. McConnell, however, brushed aside accusations of racism, saying he’s “got better things to do”:

Posted by: drindl | July 19, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

What the republican Post won't say is that Republican REFUSE to say what they will do in office.

"The heads of the Republican congressional campaign committees — Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Pete Sessions (R-TX) — appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press today to discuss their party’s strategy for the November elections. Sessions began by saying that everyone knows exactly “what Republicans stand for,” but he quickly proved that even he doesn’t really know.

Host David Gregory, visibly frustrated, repeatedly pressed the two campaign chiefs for substance, saying, “these are not specifics, voters get tired of that.” But all he got in return was vapid talking points, like how Republican candidates are “standing with the American people back home.”

Gregory correctly dismissed what he was hearing from Sessions as “gauzy,” and turned to Cornyn, saying, “I’m not hearing an answer here, what are the painful choices” that Republicans are prepared to make to cut the deficit? Instead of offering any ideas of own, and in direct contrast to the sense of urgency with which conservatives paint the deficit, Cornyn responded that he would wait for President Obama’s debt commission’s report, which will conveniently come after the election. Gregory replied, “wait a minute, conservatives need a Democratic president’s debt commission to figure out what it is they need to cut?”:

GREGORY: I think what a lot of people want to know is, if Republicans do get back in power, what are they going to do?

SESSIONS: It’s quite simple that Americans do know the agenda that is before us. They understand what the President and the speaker stand for, and they understand what Republicans stand for. Republicans…very strong, standing with the American people back home. [...]

GREGORY: Congressman, congressman, that’s a pretty gauzy agenda so far. I mean, what specifics — what painful painful choices are Republicans prepared to make? … How do you [balance the budget]? Tell me how you do it. Name a painful choice that Republicans are prepared to say we have to make.

GREGORY: Congressman, these are not specifics, voters get tired of that.

Posted by: drindl | July 19, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Oh people had jobs alright. I remember at a campaign town hall meeting one woman stood up and said she had THREE jobs, just trying to make ends meet. And Bush's reply? "Wow, that's, your a great American".
The disconnect is so huge, but what do you expect when Bush admitted, IN PUBLIC, that his constituents "are the haves and the haves more"?

Posted by: bretb | July 19, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

John Corn-hole AKA Orange Man is full of hot air and the laziest Senator in Congress!

Posted by: ddoiron1 | July 19, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Lefty_ |
Bush's approvals have been trending up.
Barry's have collapsed.
America is beginning to truly miss Bush. President Bush who actually does Love America stands tall while Barry S.E.I.U. ACORN Soetoro DOES NOT.
Posted by: FraudObama | July 19, 2010 9:03 AM
___________________________________________
Again, this is a conversation that favors Democrats so, by all means, let's continue to bring George Bush into the election discussion and to draw comparisions.

Posted by: Lefty_ | July 19, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

BUSH SUPPORTS SHIFT OF JOBS OVERSEAS
February 10, 2004

The loss of work to other countries, while painful in the short term, will enrich the economy eventually, his report to Congress says.
WASHINGTON — The movement of American factory jobs and white-collar work to other countries is part of a positive transformation that will enrich the U.S. economy over time, even if it causes short-term pain and dislocation, the Bush administration said Monday.

The embrace of foreign outsourcing, an accelerating trend that has contributed to U.S. job losses in recent years and has become an issue in the 2004 elections, is contained in the president's annual report to Congress on the health of the economy.

more --

http://articles.latimes.com/2004/feb/10/nation/na-bushecon10


Posted by: angie12106 | July 19, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Another Bush legacy.. far from keeping us safe, he made the entire world a more dangerous place.

Posted by: drindl | July 19, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Bottomline the biggest complaint about Bush was his handling of the Iraq War (Bush's War)... well things are looking up in Iraq because of the surge Bush wanted and the Dems didn't. The economy was going well up to Bush's last year.. unemployment was 5% in 2007.. and it was the the Banks and people getting homes they couldn't afford that caused the economy to crash more than any policy Bush launched. Obama should be running on his record instead he's running on blame Bush still??? The people want LEADERS.. where's the leadership in that????

Posted by: sovine08 | July 19, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

America missing Bush? I feel sorry for you idiots, if you miss the stupidest, most incompetent president in history.

Posted by: drindl | July 19, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Under Bush we had record growth rates and it only took 7 years to bring the economy back to where it was when he took office; Then it Collapsed and died.

The Facts speak for themselves. Republicans love blowing smoke up peoples REARS.

Posted by: ddoiron1 | July 19, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Leave it to the current Republican Party to defend the indefensible, whether that is ex-President Bush or the Tea Party. Send in the clowns...

Posted by: bloommarko4 | July 19, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Things were better when Bush was President - period.

Posted by: johnfchick1
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So maybe Obama should invade Iran and then you will feel better about his presidency?

What an ignorant and stupid thing to say. Bush invaded Iraq (illegal, costly, biggest mistake in history), inherited a surplus, ran up 6 trillion dollars worth of debt, and left the country in the worst shape since 1929, and this was BETTER?

In a poll among historians a month ago Bush rated number 39 among the presidents, only three were considered worse. Frankly, I thought the historians were kind. No amount of white-washing by Republicans is going to change the fact that Bush was the worst president in US history and that he almost destroyed this country. Sure, some things looked good at first, but Bush was coasting on the robust economy of Bill Clinton. In eight years he was able to turn that around and we all know the results. Obama needs a least a couple of years to reverse this. He is already doing a pretty good job.

This economy is George Bush's fault. Anyone who cannot see that has no business voting, oh, but wait, they can legally vote, can't they? There is no voting prohibition for the mentally handicapped, the duped, or the ignorant. So I guess you can vote, johnfchick1, and the rest of you mental pygmies.

Posted by: nyrunner101 | July 19, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, defend Bush, who started a war at the behest of oil companies that now has killed 5000 American young people. Defnd bush, whose deregulatory policies led to the collapse of our economic systems. Really winning strategy, Rs. I suggest you have him out on the campaign trail with all your struggling and floundering candidates.

Posted by: drindl | July 19, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

makom: There is no Satan, or devil. It's just a myth designed to scare little children into behaving, much like Swarte Piet or Santa Claus.


Seriously, are you going to base public policy on the script for "Omen III: Final Conflict" (starring Sam Neill)????

Posted by: steve1231 | July 19, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

makom: There is no Satan, or devil. It's just a myth designed to scare little children into behaving, much like Swarte Piet or Santa Claus.


Seriously, are you going to base public policy on the script for "Omen III: Final Conflict" (starring Sam Neill)????

Posted by: steve1231 | July 19, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

A $300,000 financial gift and all he had to do was write a couple of papers.

It goes beyond plagarism, Georgetowner. It makes it too clear that McInnis is such a greedy grabber that he can't do the simple task that would have made his greedy grabbing less apparent. All we can see is that he will even give short shrift to the Foundation that is stuffing his pockets.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 19, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Expect to see much more of the "Remember Bush!!" meme from Chris-bama and other Obama shills in coming months as the cult does its best to get Slick's party reelected.

Posted by: grohlik | July 19, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

"Bush's stock has gone up a lot since he left office,"
Yeah, just think how popular he'd be if he'd never been president at all!

Posted by: MarilynManson | July 19, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse


Lefty_ |

Bush's approvals have been trending up.

Barry's have collapsed.

America is beginning to truly miss Bush. President Bush who actually does Love America stands tall while Barry S.E.I.U. ACORN Soetoro DOES NOT.

Posted by: FraudObama | July 19, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

In order to preserve his "faultless legacy” (in the eyes of GOP’s of course) all that the rest of the country has to do is find the one good thing Bush has done for the country, and exclude it from the equation.

Posted by: Shanan1 | July 19, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Bush left office in 2009, not 2008.

Posted by: virginiasquared | July 19, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

If you truly want to know what is going on; Then you will have to accept these things as the TRUTH. Once you understand the following things; All things will be understood.
Posted by: makom | July 19, 2010 8:49 AM
___________________________________________
So in order to understand the truth, I have to accept a bunch of evangelical babbal just because you say it is so? Yeah, that's logical.

“Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.”

Ambrose Bierce

Posted by: Lefty_ | July 19, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

My guess is that no one asked him which Senate candidates in close races Bush would be campaigning with. Am I right?

Posted by: oldabandonedbeachhouse | July 19, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

COOLCHILLY wrote: "The economy certainly was better under Bush. It wasn't until the democrats took control of congress that we started going downhill with all the deficit spending. Also, Bush tried to stop the subprime meltdown created by the democrats but was stopped by the democrats. Be honest now, is hope and change working for you?"

What alternative universe are you living in. Republicans swung from surpluses to deficits as soon as Bush came into power. Democrats argued against Bush and wanted to use surpluses to pay down the debt rather than give tax cuts primarily to the rich. Remember that?

Bush was touting home ownership statistic every chance he got, because it was about the only thing in the economy that wasn't tanking. Remember the "ownership society"?

Of course, a partisan mind can't be expected to remember those niggling details.

Posted by: wireknob | July 19, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Someone will have to go to extraordinary lengths to supplant GW Bush as the worst president in U.S. history.

Let's remember that when Sept. 11th happened, Bush was just returning from a six week vacation. He spent so much time on vacation they had to design a logo signage for the "Western White House."

Posted by: tkoho | July 19, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

prossers7. Seriously. Please for the love of god put a gun in your mouth and pull the trigger. You are a cosmic moron and ideologically retarded fool who obviously has race issues.

My god, reading through your posts makes me nauseous to know there are people out there like you.

Posted by: burtonpaul | July 19, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

HIPSHOT WRITES:--------------------------He did keep us safe after 9/11. But, as a conservative, I prefer to think of his presidency as eight wasted years and one war too many.
Hope Iraq does well over the long term.
Posted by: hipshot | July 19, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse
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Oh wait one big minute- I was in my office on 9-11 and saw the smoke coming up from the Pentagon. Bush did NOT keep us safe ON 9-11-01 and he had been president for 8 months. I have a relative who was fairly high up at State Dept. and told me the summer before that Osama Bin Laden and his plan to attack was WELL KNOWN. As for Iraq, polls in Iraq show American are hardly popular, but seen as a necessary evil ... for the time being. Who will win there? China I suspect. We have made it fairly safe to do business and the Chinese are licking their chops to get Iraqi oil. And for assisting China with it's security needs, what will We get out of it? A loss of a trillion dollars, an exhausted military, and thousands of casualties. Thanks repubs. Great job.

Posted by: postaddict1 | July 19, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

If the republican plan is to defend george bush going into the elections, then yes democrates are going to remind america of the george bush administration fear tactics and failed iraq war and economy practices that brought America to its knees.

iraq war enboldened and empowered Iran. iraq war is going to cost american tax payers trillions! iraq is the worst city in the world, the most dangerous and it not over yet, will iraq end up worse than before or better? Ameirca is literally nation building iraq while our own country wallows in red ink? how nuts is that?

give me a break folks. bush made a good cheerleader, impressive man standing on that New York rubble with a bullhorn, he was in his own. God help us all to fall for that act!!!

Posted by: ggrant9170 | July 19, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

You can't shine a sneaker.

Posted by: AmericanLiberalElite | July 19, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

President Bush loves this Country and Her Strengths.

Barry S.E.I.U. ACORN Soetoro DOES NOT !

Posted by: FraudObama | July 19, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Let them try. This is a conversation that favors Democrats (Bush's approval ratings when he left office were 19%) and the more it is in the public eye the better.

Posted by: Lefty_ | July 19, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

But, Why is Obama Destroying America. If you truly want to know what is going on; Then you will have to accept these things as the TRUTH. Once you understand the following things; All things will be understood. So I tell you Obama is the Anti-Christ, Satan on Earth, Lawless One, or what ever else you want to call this Demonic Figure. His words describe him, He is a False Hope, If you listen to him you will love him. He carries a Bow without an Arrow. He will conquer all through his speech, his false hoods will capture all who sit and listen to him.
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
11And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Posted by: makom | July 19, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse


1. Chris Dodd, Barney Frank and Barack Obama set this country up nicely for the collapse of our economy for their own nefarious reasons, which were to take over the country and remake it in the image of their progressive ideology. These three stooges masterminded the collapse of the housing market via Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which in turn, collapsed the entire economy and, furthermore, collapsed the entire world economy. Larry, Curly and Moe set SEIU and ACORN onto the banking executives to force them to lend mortgages to people without any means to repay these mortgages and went so far as to threaten the banks' CEO's and upper echelon in their own homes with harm if they did not make these unsavory loans to totally unqualified indigent people.

2. There are documented records, hard copy and video of George Bush demanding regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to which the Democratic controlled Senate voted the proposals down every time, which left the massive mortgage companies of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac open to certain collapse.

3. The government individuals charged with investigating such illegal actions were, again, the Progressive Democrats. Therefore, no investigations were performed into the unholy behavior of these three Democratic Senators, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank and Barack Obama.

4. Now, two years later, our esteemed president parades himself before the country fingerpointing and blaming George Bush and the Republicans for deregulating Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which ultimately brought about the collapse of the economy. Barack Obama has made it his hallmark to claim explicit and unfair accusations of blame towards George Bush and the Republicans in general. Of all the unmitigated gall of this president to blow up the country and stand there with powder burns on his clothing and blame the one person who attempted to stop the destruction many times before it happened. The situation becomes laughable since the media are in bed with the perpetrator so they make sure they do not report on the true circumstances surrounding this epic situation, which would squarely place all blame on the Progressive Democratic party, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank and Barack Obama who were in charge of the debacle.

5. The Progressive Democrats have been so complacently re-writing our children's History books that to completely change America's historical records to portray the United States as the villain of the world that they've gone one step further and have attempted to re-write current events as it's happening. And expect the public to believe a completely fictitious accounting of what the public is witnessing before their very eyes as it happens. It was on live television that Barney Frank informed President Bush that his concerns for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was completely unfounded and the Senate would not regulate the types of mortgages then being made to people unqualified to repay these mortgages.

Posted by: prossers7 | July 19, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Things were better when Bush was President - period.

Posted by: johnfchick1 | July 19, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

If the Dems only strategy is to continue to knock Bush, they are done, done, done. Float some ideas. Make positive, helpful suggestions, let us see what you plan to do (instead of ramming things down our throats in the cloak of darkness) and see if you can win. My guess is you think you can't.

Posted by: KDSmallJr | July 19, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

If the Dems only strategy is to continue to knock Bush, they are done, done, done. Float some ideas. Make positive, helpful suggestions, let us see what you plan to do (instead of ramming things down our throats in the cloak of darkness) and see if you can win. My guess is you think you can't.

Posted by: KDSmallJr | July 19, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

In order to preserve his faultless “legacy” (in the eyes of GOP’s of course) all that the rest of the country has to do is find the one good thing Bush has done for the country, and exclude it from the equation.

Posted by: Shanan1 | July 19, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

People had jobs during bush administration because there as a massive housing bubble based on a cracked foundation! Look what happened torwards the end of Bush's administration to our economy!!!

Economist say that the Iraq war will end up costing American Tax Payers trillions!

Bush administration and Bush were pretty much stupid or better yet treated americans as stupid and were not disapointed! the only wmds were bush and his administration!

sorry but they were! how much did the government grow during bush's administration, didn't it more than double in some cases fourfold!!!

why weren't the republicans against big government during the bush administration?

can anyone say hyprocrite!

Posted by: ggrant9170 | July 19, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

I got a good laugh out of the post from COOLCHILLY

"The economy certainly was better under Bush. It wasn't until the democrats took control of congress that we started going downhill with all the deficit spending. Also, Bush tried to stop the subprime meltdown created by the democrats but was stopped by the democrats. Be honest now, is hope and change working for you?"

The Bush economic legacy was to set up one of the biggest international economic disasters in history. His tax cuts, budget-bloating wars, deregulation, and secretive energy planning ("Good job, Dickie") created today's mess. To blame the current administration for the mess they created show how naive and/or disingenuous Republicans can be.

Posted by: pjohn2 | July 19, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

People had jobs during bush administration because there as a massive housing bubble based on a cracked foundation! Look what happened torwards the end of Bush's administration to our economy!!!

Economist say that the Iraq war will end up costing American Tax Payers trillions!

Bush administration and Bush were pretty much stupid or better yet treated americans as stupid and were not disapointed! the only wmds were bush and his administration!

sorry but they were! how much did the government grow during bush's administration, didn't it more than double in some cased fourfold!!!

Posted by: ggrant9170 | July 19, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse


No-one defends Bush's spending, but as a president, George W. Bush was a thousand times better than Barack....Hussein....Obama.

George W. Bush never attempted to take away the internet from America.

George W. Bush never attempted to kill old people to save money. If you don't believe that Obama is doing this take your elderly Mother to hospital like I did this weekend and see for yourself. Obama has told hospitals to 'let them go.'

George W. Bush never attempted to give away the store to Russia and then turn around and say that Russia likes us now, like a fool.

George W. Bush never tried to take all your money in taxes so he could give it to the poor people against your will.

George W. Bush in eight (8) years spent less than 1/3 of what Obama spent in 15 months. Look it up, it's documented!

George W. Bush never attempted to take over your lives and tell you how to live OR ELSE like Obama has.

The list goes on and on.

IMPEACH OBAMA.

Posted by: prossers7 | July 19, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse


For our effort in Iraq, we got a participatory government in the heart of the Arab myth and a garrison in the oil patch.

We will get nothing but failure from the Obama effort in Afghanistan.

Posted by: edbyronadams | July 19, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Trickle down doesn't work. Tax cuts for the
rich don't work. De-regulation doesn't work (the free market can't be trusted-as the past decade has shown). It's gonna take more than 2 years to dig out of a hole it took 30 years to dig into. So, come on republicans.....what else ya got? We ARE listening.

Posted by: captainmac2001 | July 19, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

"People had jobs when Bush was in office". Yes they did, great jobs like approving BP's drilling plans after a five-minute review, watching the hurricane roll into New Orleans without taking action, swallowing wholesale fake Iraq WMD intelligence, patting the Wall Street banksters on the back while they ran wild, ... Sure, people had jobs under Bush, looting with abandon and setting the stage for the economic disaster we're now in.

Posted by: hairguy01 | July 19, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Trickle down doesn't work. Tax cuts for the
rich don't work. De-regulation doesn't work (the free market can't be trusted-as the past decade has shown). It's gonna take more than 2 years to dig out of a hole it took 30 years to dig into. So, come on republicans.....what else ya got? We ARE listening.

Posted by: captainmac2001 | July 19, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

coolchilly writes
"It wasn't until the democrats took control of congress that we started going downhill with all the deficit spending."

Facts? Who needs facts?

One of the larger GOP contributions to the defici recently was the so-called Bush tax cuts. Those were deficit spending, passed before the Dems took control of Congress. Then there was that Medicare Part D thing; another contributor to the deficit. That NCLB thing was another spending program that failed to include a new source of revenue. And that's just the GOP domestic agenda - we're not even talking about the wars yet.

Coolchilly, I think you're misremembering the record.

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Posted by: bsimon1 | July 19, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Nice to know before the elections that Republicans plan to embrace the legacy of the GW Bush years rather than run from it and give us fresh ideas. Under Republican majorities in Congress I guess we can look forward to bigger government, higher deficits, massive unpaid for medicare subsidies, more unpaid for war mongering against nations that are pose us no threat, torture, injecting government into personal family matters a la Terri Shiavo, beating up on gays and minorities to curry favor with Joe Six-Pack, watching idly by as massive economic bubbles form then burst, blaming Social Security for deficits and debt when they are in surplus and being raided to pay for wasteful spending, etc., etc., etc.

Yeah, every poll I've seen shows that those Bush years are not something we want to go back to. My guess is that most voters want to hear about what new direction a politician want to lead us in and what concrete, detailed policy ideas they have to get us there.

Posted by: wireknob | July 19, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Go ahead, defend the most inhumane, most incompetent ignorant president who has ever been in the white house.He is only the cause of almost everything wrong in the world today. So, go ahead republicans, by all means. Pour gas on the fire Bush started. It can only help, (the Democrats)
Hey I have a great idea. Let little Sarah Palin be the spokesperson who speaks for the entire republican party. HA HA HA HA HA

Posted by: sammsammus | July 19, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Proof again that Republicans support criminal, immoral, and just plain stupid behavior. George W. Bush was a hand puppet for evil forces like Dick Cheney. He was a failure at EVERY venture he tried and only survived because his family and friends bailed him out. Big business, under the secretive, anti-American efforts of Cheney, called all the shots and the poor dumb boy from Texas simply said, "Yahoo, look at me."

Posted by: pjohn2 | July 19, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Instead of defending Bush, Republicans would win more voters by offering solutions to the problems he created: exploding structural deficits, two unwinnable wars, and the worst recession in modern times.

Posted by: AxelDC | July 19, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

good luck on that.

truly tone depth and out of touch.

Posted by: wesatch | July 19, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

"The chairmen of the two Republican campaign committees defended the presidency of George W. Bush in television appearances over the weekend, a preview of the GOP's planned pushback against expected Democratic attacks on the last president."


I suppose it should come as no surprise that some feel it's a priority to defend Bush rather than talk about what we should be doing now, since the other side is wasting time pointing blame at Bush rather than making the case for what we should be doing now.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 19, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

The economy certainly was better under Bush. It wasn't until the democrats took control of congress that we started going downhill with all the deficit spending. Also, Bush tried to stop the subprime meltdown created by the democrats but was stopped by the democrats. Be honest now, is hope and change working for you?

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | July 19, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

What was most pathetic about George W. Bush is that he had never accomplished ANYTHING but failure in his life and somehow the Republican Party vaulted him to the most esteemed role on the planet.

so much for a Meritocracy.

Posted by: vigor | July 19, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

might be instructive to look at 1982 - Republicans did a lot of running against Jimmy Carter that year and blamed all the bad economy during that time to his economic policies. Will be very typical GOP hypocrisy to pretend that we're not allowed to talk about Geo Bush and the problems he left in 2010

Posted by: hohandy | July 19, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, thats a clever strategy...unemplyment doubled on his watch...clever....

Posted by: Chops2 | July 19, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Great...Unless amnesia is contagious the Democrats should be able to beat Bush/Cheney 2010.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | July 19, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

He did keep us safe after 9/11. But, as a conservative, I prefer to think of his presidency as eight wasted years and one war too many.

Hope Iraq does well over the long term.

Posted by: hipshot | July 19, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Waterboard that moron w and that dick, cheeney.

Posted by: davidsawh | July 19, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Funny how the post talks about current plagiarism charges but not mention the huge story that happened when current Democrat Vice President Biden was proven to have plagerized during his speech writing without attribution to author.

Democrats not fixing today's problems but instead saying 'Vote for us because we don't think we caused the problems' without actually fixing the problems, instead choosing to go back to beat the straw dog of President Bush to try and defend their incompetence shows how truly bereft they are of innovative, fresh ideas to solve the nation's ills.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | July 19, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

....in other words.....the economic meltdown took place in another planet...when the martians were in charge.

Posted by: analyst72 | July 19, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Good for them. All the Republicans had to run on was opposition to health care, unemployment benefits, Social Security, bank reform and immigration reform. Glad to see they can stand for something positive -- the economic policies of George W. Bush that put the country in the dumper!

Posted by: tboyer33 | July 19, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

GW Bush's administration can be defined with one word - IRAQ. It is the biggest mistake the United States has made since Vietnam. Like Vietnam and the Johnson administration, it polluted every aspect of the Bush administration. No amount of spin or propaganda can polish this t@#rd.
Iraq was an example of a larger, more powerful nation crushing a weaker. In the eyes of the WORLD the USA was the villian in 2003 not Sadaam Hussein.

Posted by: SSTK34 | July 19, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Re: #1 Oh please, please, please remind people about Bush's record. The more Rs want to say that things were better under Bush, the better Ds have a chance of keeping the House and Senate. That message might win back a few disillusioned Rs who voted against McCain or their local corrupt offcial, but it will not resonate with independents who are disenchanted with Obama. They voted against Rs the last two cycles because their policies were a disaster. The President has had a mixed record at best. But he has a record of accomplsihments, most of which the American people actually approve of when they know exactly what the legislation or acts accomplish. The Ds will certainly have loses in the fall, but I do not think they will be as nearly as great as Rs are dreaming.

Posted by: trep1 | July 19, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Cornyn is very eager to pat himself on the back for a job well-done. He's got 3 1/2 more months to go.. and this column was full of Republicans on bumpy roads.

Are we going to get a column about the Arizona debate yesterday? You could parse that one Senate race every day from now to November.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 19, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

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