Senior Bushes official witnesses at gay wedding? Stone them!

THIS is as good an indicator as any that America is waxing more liberal on gay rights than some people want to admit: Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara were official witnesses Saturday at the Maine wedding of two old friends. Bush and his wife attended the wedding of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen in Kennebunkport as “private citizens,” spokesman Jim McGrath told the Washington Post. “This is such a wonderful time for change in our legal system,” Clement, who said she’s known Bush for years, wrote...

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When the senior George Bush quit the NRA

Here’s the text of George H.W. Bush’s letter of resignation from the National Rifle Association in 1995: Dear Mr. Washington [then-NRA President Tom Washington], I was outraged when, even in the wake of the Oklahoma City tragedy, Mr. Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of N.R.A., defended his attack on federal agents as “jack-booted thugs.” To attack Secret Service agents or A.T.F. people or any government law enforcement people as “wearing Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms” wanting to “attack law abiding...

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Jeb Bush says his dad and Ronald Reagan wouldn’t fit well in today’s far-right GOP

For several years now, I’ve been arguing that the two most successful U.S. presidents since World War II, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan, couldn’t win a primary election in today’s Republican Party. A SIMILAR OPINION was expressed this morning by a member of the GOP’s most prominent family: Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said today that both Ronald Reagan and his father George H. W. Bush would have had a difficult time getting nominated by today’s ultra-conservative Republican Party. “Ronald Reagan...

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It’s been 84 years since Republicans won the presidency without a Bush or a Nixon on the ticket

In our Surprising Facts file, we find that the Republican ticket of 1928 (above) is the last one to capture the White House without a Bush or a Nixon on it. Just thought you ought to know.

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Tom Brokaw says George Bush Senior is the most underrated of recent American presidents

  Nobody’s suggesting that the image of George H.W. Bush should be added to Mount Rushmore, but he’s looking better these days as this year’s Republican clown show continues. A political chatfest on TV this morning included some GLOWING REFERENCES to the senior Bush, whose presidency ended nearly 20 years ago when he lost a re-election bid to Democrat Bill Clinton: “He’s a great man. We all look to him and say, ‘Why can’t our politicians be like this today?’ There’s a glow about him,” [Joe] Scarborough said. “I love the...

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