August 19, 2010
THE ONE GUY WE ALL KNOW WOULD BE DOING THE RIGHT THING:
How To Lose A Guy In 75 Days (Reid Wilson, 8/18/10, Hotline)
The advice from Democratic consultants and strategists is almost unanimous: Run away from the president, and fast. A prominent Democratic pollster is circulating a survey that shows George W. Bush is 6 points more popular than President Obama in "Frontline" districts -- seats held by Democrats that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sees as most vulnerable to Republican takeover. That Bush is more popular than Obama in Democratic-held seats is cause for outright fear.
Where are the Republicans who will reject pandering and prejudice? (Washington Post, August 19, 2010)
Former president George W. Bush has shied away from political commentary since stepping down in 2009, and for understandable reasons. It's a sign of respect for the office of the presidency to allow one's successor to do his best without having to hear carping from his predecessor.
But this is a case where Mr. Bush's own party could benefit from a dose of adult supervision. As president, Mr. Bush never stopped making the distinction between Muslims and the terrorists who pervert their religion. As a politician, he understood the value to the Republican Party of reaching out to minorities, including Muslims. A word from Texas right now could offer his would-be heirs a useful lesson.
America Has Disgraced Itself (Peter Beinart, 8/18/10, Daily Beast)
Words I never thought I’d write: I pine for George W. Bush. Whatever his flaws, the man respected religion, all religion. Maybe it was because he had been an addict himself, and knew from hanging around prisons that Allah had saved as many broken souls as Jesus Christ.
W's rehabilitation was inevitable, but the UR has done more than his share to speed it along. Posted by Orrin Judd at August 19, 2010 7:39 AM