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With my jaw hanging open much of the time online reading about what Mitt Romney and the good ship Mittanic has put out each day, I'm beginning to -- and I'd never thought I'd say this -- miss George W. Bush as the avatar of the modern Republican party.

Mittens is showing just how far they've fallen from the relatively rational good times when Dick Cheney could shoot someone in the face with a shotgun and have said victim apologize.  

Here are a few ways that W. was actually better than Mittens -- and I acknowledge that W. was a miserable failure and the worst president in American history.

First, no matter how misguided, no matter how stupid, no matter how corrupt and beholden to his base of one percenters, W. was not personally a racist.  He would never have said that President Obama could not understand Britain because he isn't Anglo Saxon.  Bush was personally close to several Black people, including Condi Rice who was known to refer to him as her husband.  

Second, although I couldn't appreciate it, I could see that to certain knuckle dragging right wingers, W. had a certain feral charm.  I remember one analyst said that W. may be stupid, but he is clever.  Romney has no charm, is stupid and is not clever.  I don't see any redeeming personal characteristics in Mittens.

Third, despite being a spoiled rich brat like Mittens, W. at least knew that in a country where most people are not one percenters, he had to at least pretend to be a populist that you would want to have a beer with.  W. cleared brush and used a chainsaw.  He rode a bike and jogged (although it was widely reported that staff and celebrity jogging partners were instructed to make sure that frat boy was always  in the lead.)  The fact that W. could not operate a Segway, widely considered a computer controlled idiot proof means of transport without falling off, should not be held against him in this regard.  I have never seen Mittens do anything manual, read any news report of him doing anything manual, and I can't imagine him doing so.  Mittens makes no pretense whatsoever of being able to relate to or imitate the 99 percent.  Oh, but I guess tackling, holding down, and shearing the hair off a suspected gay kid is "manual labor" of a sort, but isn't it odd that at this point, that is the only physical activity that Mittens has ever been described as carrying out?  Oh wait, didn't he say he rode Austrian warmbloods?

Mittens' only saving grace is that he isn't one of the other Republican candidates he defeated.  He isn't Michele "Hillary is running a Muslim Brotherhood government takeover conspiracy" Bachman.  He isn't Ron "abolish the central bank of the United States and have a multi trillion dollar economy mediated by and reduced to a stack of gold metal about the size of a suburban house" Paul. He isn't Newt "savior of civilization, divorcer of wives on death beds, serial adulteror, persecutor of Clinton blowjob" Gingrich.  He isn't Rick "Obama is a government nigger" Santorum.

By that standard, Mittens is the best the Republicans have to offer.  But really, the Grand Old Party was much better under W.

When Mittens makes me nostalgic for Dick Cheney, stick a fork in me, I'll be done.

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  •  You make several interesting points. (9+ / 0-)

    As dumb and as venal as the man was, as abhorrent as his politics were, GWB at least had a common touch. He could appeal to the common person on the street, playing his stupidity and ignorance as a kind of personal charm. Mitt, on the other hand, is a cold, cold S.O.B.. He doesn't have any talent for reaching out to anybody, and I don't think his would-be voters are going to forgive him for that.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 03:07:51 PM PDT

    •  I hate to admit it, but ... (7+ / 0-)

      I think it was because as a spoiled rich kid, Bush at least had a few bouts of failure, personal tragedy and difficulty.  That enabled him to at least pretend he had empathy for others going through hard times.

      Mittens seems incapable of comprehending that someone could not be born to a wealthy corporate executive, governor and religious royalty.  

      Hence W's common touch and the difference.

    •  Oklahoma City, 9/11 & Aurora (0+ / 0-)

      When Clinton went to Oklahoma City after the bombing, Bush came to NYC and stood on a pile of rubble that was once the World Trade Center, Obama went to Aurora and hugged those that were scared by the assault in a movie theatre they showed heart.  My only complaint was the lack of compassion Bush showed to the victims of Katrina but with Romney I cannot imagine him doing anything near what Clinton and Obama did.  You're right, he's cold and self-centered and I wouldn't want to have a glass of the most expensive wine with him let alone a beer.

      Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

      by Rosalie907 on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 10:06:30 PM PDT

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  •  Not ready to miss GWB (7+ / 0-)

    but give me time and I might get there ... someday.  Certainly the modern Republican party has managed to make Nixon and Reagan look almost benign by comparison.  

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 03:18:38 PM PDT

  •  Have you seen the movie 'I'm Still Here'? (4+ / 0-)
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    Shahryar, kurious, SherwoodB, HamdenRice

    It's the one where Joaquin Phoenix filmed himself apparently going completely mentally unstable and saying this ridiculous stuff on TV and on Conan O'Brien and anywhere that he could. I honestly think that might be what Mitt Romney is doing. He isn't really running for president....he's making a documentary film about a crazy person running for president and actually being taken 'seriously'.

    Whose interest does ignorance serve? - Carl Sagan

    by spgilbert on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 03:27:15 PM PDT

  •  I'm probably the only person at (0+ / 0-)

    dKos who has a pic of President Bush on the refrigerator.  It was a pic of President Bush handing my son his diploma from the Naval Academy, May, 2001.  That said, I still can't stand Bush II any more than I couldn't stand Reagan.  I thought at one time that I could tolerate Romney until he decided to move to the right of the Tea Bagger  contingent.  So I am stuck with Dems who continue to disappoint me, but have a bit or rationality on their side.

  •  I had a "I never thought I'd miss Nixon" bumper (8+ / 0-)

    sticker during the BushCo era.  It's scary to think that even W is looking better...

  •  Only Because That Was a Different Time. (2+ / 0-)
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    W had to depend on common people far far more for campaign money than Romney does, since Citizens United. It mattered that he could motivate some voters, though never enough to win without stealing a state.

    W, or Reagan or Nixon if they were Republican Presidents in our time would have been as horrific to the country as our worst fears about a President Romney in 2013. In the case of Nixon, far worse, because he unlike most Republican Presidents was actually competent to do the work.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 03:42:14 PM PDT

  •  George Bush:"I'm endorsing Mitt Romney for (2+ / 0-)
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    MadMs, Rosalie907

    President" an muttering to himself "damn I hope he gets elected then I won't be named the worst President in History".

  •  Funny. (2+ / 0-)
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    ybruti, Avila

    I dont miss him at all.

    None of the thousands of people who died in the unnecessary wars he started miss him at all, because they're dead.

    Still enjoying my stimulus package.

    by Kevvboy on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 04:15:44 PM PDT

  •  All very flippant, but Bush was not (2+ / 0-)
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    PrahaPartizan, Avila

    "a miserable failure" - he was a criminal dictator whose regime completely separated the Executive branch from all laws and even social mores of the United States.  It was like an entirely separate state-within-a-state, like the Vatican or the Saudi monarchy rather than the government of a republic.  That entire period was an interregnum, and Bush was not a US president at all, but some kind of private collector of public assets.  Romney's cluelessness and rank arrogance notwithstanding, he is not in a position to even approach Bush in any way, shape, or form.

    "I'm going to rub your faces in things you try to avoid." - Muad'Dib

    by Troubadour on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 05:07:01 PM PDT

    •  Romney has the same foreign policy (0+ / 0-)

      And national security team as Bush.

      Dick Cheney has been advising him -- at least on the VP selection, that we know of.

      Do you really think he's "not in a position to even approach Bush in any way, shape or form"?

      I'm terrified that a Romney presidency could be a sequel to the Bush Years. And like most sequels, this one would be truly horrible. Romney has no experience nor any interest in foreign policy. He'll delegate to those people who have an impressively long record of destroying lives without even blinking an eye.

      Bush may have thought he was dealing with terrorists (or possible "evildoers") in the wake of 9/11 and authorized atrocious actions. Yes, what Bush authorized Was criminal. But i do believe that 9/11 affected him deeply and scared him. Amd it allowed Cheney, Yoo, etc to manipulate him.

      Romney won't give a crap. The man is a psychopath who lacks basic bonds of humanity even with his family. He'll sign off on stuff worse than Bush did without giving it a second thought.

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 08:56:20 PM PDT

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