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Rubio says Dubya did a fantastic job as president

Perhaps Sen. Marco Rubio really doesn’t want to be Mitt Romney’s running mate.

I mean, if he actually wanted the nod, why would he say something like THIS?

If Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) overcomes his objections and agrees to join Mitt Romney’s 2012 ticket, I have a strong hunch this quote will become one of the more important tidbits of the year.

“George W. Bush, in my opinion, did a fantastic job as president over eight years.”

In some Republican circles, many on the right choose to explain the spectacular failures of the Bush/Cheney era by saying the former president wasn’t really a conservative, so his fiascos shouldn’t be held against the conservative movement. After all, they argue, he was a liberal on spending, a moderate on immigration and education, a big-government advocate on entitlements like Medicare, and even a supporter of civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. Sure, Bush failed, the argument goes, but only because he wasn’t a real conservative.

Indeed, go back and look at the transcripts from the Republican presidential candidates debates over the last year — when Bush’s name came up, it was only to criticize his breaks with party orthodoxy on everything from deficits to No Child Left Behind to Medicare Part D.

 

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  1. Neftali

    Most people would love to see the unemployment rate be at what it was during 95% of Bush’s term.

    Plus, the deficit spending during Bush’s years are peanuts compared to what Obama is doing today.

    I’d say the Bush years are looking better by the minute.

    Hey! You know what would really be awesome? If Romney chose Dick Cheney as his VP nominee. I’d watch MSNBC for week straight just to watch their reaction.

  2. LOL!

    Now that he has a new heart, it just could happen :)

  3. Neftali: I, too, would love to see Romney choose Cheney as his running mate. There isn’t anyone to the left of Genghis Khan who wouldn’t love to see that.

    And as for your claim that “the Bush years are looking better by the minute,” they’re aren’t many people this side of Fox News and the Limbaugh dittohead who would agree with that assessment.

    The man was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history, and rightly so. He got us into two foolish wars (without providing for a way to pay for them), and he presided over a near total collapse of the nation’s financial system. We’ll be cleaning up his mess for years to come — during which time, of course, the historical illiterates on the political right will blame Obama for most of it. Obama could find a cure for cancer, and the wingnuts would find something wrong with it. That’s why we call them wingnuts.

  4. He presided over a near total collapse of our financial system and was what? Responsible for the collapse?

    That is like saying Obama presided over the worst oil spill in the history of the Gulf of Mexico and thereby is responsible for it.

    If you believe that Obama was responsible for fixing it (which it isn’t), then you must give Bush credit for passing the first stimulus.

    The second “foolish war” was escalated by our current President.

    Seems as if there is blame to go around.

    Why do you liberals put so much faith in government anyway?

  5. shawnnews

    The trick words are “under his watch” to assign credit or blame.

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