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George W. Should Go Eat Worms, Because Nobody Likes Him: POLL


Time apparently does not heal all wounds, for former President George W. Bush remains deeply unpopular from coast-to-coast.

In fact, according to a CNN poll, Dubya is the only living ex-president with a popularity below 50%. And that may be good for President Obama.

According to the poll, released Thursday morning, 43% of people questioned had a favorable opinion of Bush, with 54% saying they had an unfavorable view of the former president. Bush's 43% favorable rating is the same as it was in 2010 in CNN polling, but is up from his mid-30's favorable rating during 2009, his first year out of the White House.

"Don't be surprised if the Obama campaign mentions the name of George W. Bush at every opportunity, and don't be surprised if that strategy works," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "And the mention of Bush's name appears to prompt at least a few people to take a more positive view of their current financial situation."

Even Jimmy Carter, a man satirically described on The Simpsons as "history's greatest monster," has a higher approval rating: 54%.

Gawker: Ken Mehlman Must Never Have Sex Again

KenMehlmanKen Mehlman is that closeted Republican fellow who ran George W.'s reelection campaign in 2004. He uncloseted himself in 2010, and since then he's been a barnstormer for LGBT rights. Now he's made the Out 100 -- that august list of 100 "LGBT movers and shakers who made big impressions on the cultural and social fabrics of this year."

Brian Moylan, of Gawker, is having none of it. (Neither's Joe, of Joe My God, but Moylan approaches his disgust more pro-actively.) Writes Moylan:

... shouldn't [Mehlman] have been fighting for gay marriage, oh, I don't know, when he was helping to run the Republican party? Shouldn't he have cared how these votes were going to go before they happened rather than fighting to reverse them now that they have?

Thanks to Ken Mehlman, we need to fight even harder to achieve marriage equality in all 50 states. Good thing he's going to help, because it's going to take a lot of extra work to reach that goal, in part due to his handiwork. At the time I was working at the Washington Blade, the country's oldest and largest gay newspaper, and we tried like hell to find proof of the gay rumors so we could out the bastard while he was still in power. We never got the chance, and he came out himself in 2010.

... we have to do something to punish Mr. Mehlman for all he's done while still giving him credit for his accomplishments. I have a suggestion. As of this day, every gay man in the world (or at least America) should pledge that they will never sleep with Ken Mehlman. No kissing, no touching, no handies in the bathroom at a Log Cabin convention. Nothing! Yes, he is allowed to be gay and to fight for gay civil rights, but for his past sins, he should be rendered completely celibate. You can date him, you can go to parties with him, and you can invite him to your fundraisers, but don't you so much as dare do anything below the belt ... This is the price all traitors should pay -- a long, lonely life of frustrated misery.

Bush Explains Reaction in Classroom to News of 9/11 Attacks

(fahrenheit 9/11)

In a new interview with the National Geographic Channel, President George Bush speaks about his reaction to hearing the news that the country was under attack on 9/11, as he sat in a Florida classroom with a group of students, Reuters reports:

"My first reaction was anger. Who the hell would do that to America? Then I immediately focused on the children, and the contrast between the attack and the innocence of children," Bush says in an excerpt of the interview shown to television writers on Thursday.

Bush said he could see the news media at the back of the classroom getting the news on their own cellphones "and it was like watching a silent movie."

Bush said he quickly realized that a lot of people beyond the classroom would be watching for his reaction. "So I made the decision not to jump up immediately and leave the classroom. I didn't want to rattle the kids. I wanted to project a sense of calm," he said of his decision to remain seated and silent.

"I had been in enough crises to know that the first thing a leader has to do is to project calm," he added.

The National Geographic interview, recorded over two days in May with no advance questions, was undertaken as part of a series of specials to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks this September.

Bush Turns Down Obama Invite to Ground Zero

Former President George W. Bush has declined an invitation from President Obama to join him as he visits Ground Zero tomorrow, the White House confirmed:

Bush “President Bush will not be in attendance on Thursday,” said his spokesman, David Sherzer. “He appreciated the invite, but has chosen in his post-presidency to remain largely out of the spotlight. He continues to celebrate with Americans this important victory in the war on terror.”

The White House did not confirm that the invitation had been made or comment on Mr. Bush’s decision.

Mr. Obama has talked this week of his hope that the successful raid on the compound where Bin Laden was hiding could serve as a unifying force in a country divided by battles over fiscal policy and many other issues.

The visit might have served as a bookend to this visit, three days after the attacks on the WTC.


Watch: Palin Credits Bush for Bin Laden Capture


At a "Tribute To The Troops" event in Colorado last night held by ultra-right wing, anti-Islam activist Retired General Jerry Boykin, Sarah Palin conveniently skipped mentioning Obama by name and credited Bush for the capture of Osama bin Laden.

Said Palin: "Yesterday was a testament to the military’s dedication in relentlessly hunting down an enemy through many years of war. And we thank our president, we thank President Bush for having made the right calls to set up this victory."


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Is George W. Bush Still A Turn Off?

Wilsonbush The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee today released an ad attacking former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, a socially conservative Republican who may run for Jeff Bingaman's senate seat once he retires.

The ad, called "At It Again," highlights New Mexico-based Wilson's past encounters with entrenched GOP leaders, especially President George W. Bush, a man whose image proved to be a deterrent for some voters during and immediately following his White House career.

But I wonder whether the specter of Bush will still be effective come 2012.

By now most people know that Bush was not the mastermind behind his administration's most controversial decisions, but was instead a figurehead, or a puppet, for people working behind the scenes.

While Dubya should take responsibility for his past actions, he also didn't instigate them, and his culpability exists in relation to those who pulled the strings.

That said, will the "palling around with Bush" angle still derail potential Republican campaigns? Wouldn't it be more compelling and effectual to show GOP candidates hanging out with the likes of Karl Rove, Donald Rumsfeld or Dick Cheney?

Watch the DSCC's video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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