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Laura Bush says there's room enough for everyone
In what apparently was an extraordinarily slow news day at CNN, former first lady Laura Bush sat down with Erin Burnett to share her deep thoughts on how Republican men sort of scare the bejesus out of women. And no, she's not even talking about her husband emailing bizarre nude self-portraits to his sister. This is actually about the 2012 election.
EB: Some of the issues with women in the country, obviously, you know last time more than half the women voted for President Obama, in part because of abortion, gay marriage, issues like that. Do you think the Republican Party has made a mistake in doubling down on those issues and making social issues so central to the platform?

LB: Well, no, I mean, I wouldn't say that necessarily. And every candidate was different, each one of them. There were obvious examples of candidates that I think frightened some women, but they were the exception rather than the norm in the party.

All of those social issues are very, very heartfelt by people. And I understand that. There are differences. There just will be. And I’m glad that in our party we have room for all of them. I think that's important too.


Well, thanks for that political insight, Mrs. Bush. Obviously, it was only a few examples of the Republican Party who explained the virtues and "science" of rape, threatened to defund women's health care, and scoffed at such radical ideas as equal pay for equal work and trying to reduce violence against women. It's not like Republicans wrote their extremist "social issues" agenda into their party platform or anything. Except for how they did.

But that's just the kind of all-inclusiveness we've come to expect from the party that kicked out Arlen Specter, chased out Olympia Snowe, and teabagged Lisa Murkowski—all Republican senators who had the audacity to not make hating women their whole raison d'être (translation: freedom reason). So you see? The Republican Party is its own big tent, with room enough for everyone—the old white dudes who think rape isn't that bad, so just lay back and enjoy it, and the old white dudes who think rape is a gift from God.

Originally posted to Kaili Joy Gray on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 12:11 PM PDT.

Also republished by TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans and Daily Kos.

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  •  Ramping Up The I Luv The Nuts for Jeb Bush (5+ / 0-)

    "Don't Let Them Catch You With Your Eyes Closed"

    by rssrai on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 12:15:46 PM PDT

    •  First Lady... Hillary ~ no wait, Michelle... (0+ / 0-)

      I so completely blocked out the W years, reference to the First Lady made me think, Hillary? But then I knew that was wrong, so I focused my mind: Michelle.

      Fuck, fuck, fuck Republicans!!!!!!!

  •  That's her comeback? "We're not all that bad" (8+ / 0-)

    They just keep digging deeper.

    i just baptized andrew breitbart into the church of islam, planned parenthood, the girl scouts and three teachers unions. - @blainecapatch

    by bobinson on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 12:16:59 PM PDT

  •  Go Jebbers! (3+ / 0-)
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    blueoregon, AnnieR, Penny GC

    The Family's got your back. What we need is more Laura Bush, like Ann Romney, she has the charm and the brains in the family.

    Aspirin between your legs, ladies. And sit up straight, don't cross your legs like that , and fergawdssake stop dressing like a slut. Chicago Parade for Post 9/11 vets on Saturday, Dec 15th.

    by lexalou on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 12:22:25 PM PDT

  •  Why are they interviewing (3+ / 0-)
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    lexalou, SilentBrook, jan4insight

    Laura Bush in 2013? Her husband has not talked to the media in years.

    She never cared much about politics as far as I can tell so I don't expect her to start providing deep insights now.

    •  She's been out and about quite a bit (3+ / 0-)

      Seems early for a ramp up for the Bush Library opening in May. But she has been making a fair number of public appearances recently.

      March 1

      Former First Lady Laura Welch Bush is on a mission, spreading the message of Texas conservation. She was the keynote speaker at the Playa Conservation Symposium for Private Landowners Friday afternoon at the Petroleum Club.
      "We are about a 94% private property state," Mrs. Bush explained. "We don't have the Federal Lands that a lot of western states have. And that's really good for our economy. But it also means that conservation starts at home."

      March 8

      A year-long fellowship at the Bush Institute has empowered a group of Egyptian women to become leaders in making their country a better place to live.
      On International Women’s Day, the Bush Institute celebrates success stories like these and welcomes its second class of fellows into the Women’s Initiative Fellowship Program. Former first lady Laura Bush will speak at an event Friday morning at Southern Methodist University.

      March 9

      Former First Lady Laura Bush helped dedicate a library Saturday at Holmes Middle School in Dallas, now named for a woman who was her professor at SMU.

      There was a packed house inside Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Middle School, to honor Dr. Harryette B. Ehrhardt, former DISD teacher, principal and retired state legislator.

      Coming up in April

      Former Midlander and First Lady Laura Bush will return to the Tall City for the opening of the new Midland County Library branch in April.

          Bush -- a former librarian -- will speak at the grand opening for the new Midland County Library Centennial Branch, which will be located at Loop 250 and Whitmire Boulevard.

      "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

      by Catte Nappe on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 02:11:50 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Trying to polish up GWB's image? (1+ / 0-)
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        Catte Nappe

        Every time he comes out of hiding, people just remember what a mess he left us. Best he remain in the bathroom and paint portraits.

        © 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 Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 05:08:42 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Polish? She will need something stronger (1+ / 0-)
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          than Old English or Mineral Oil. for that turd.   She sure is making a lot to do over one book in his library...My Pet Goat....what is the rest going to be.....Him clearing brush or Watch this drive playing on a continual loop?  I hope someone sends him Bushisms.   How sad for a librarian to have to look at a library named after her war criminal husband and call it a library.  I guess her job is to keep the place stocked in washable crayons.     It should be called America's Hall of Shame.

          We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

          by Vetwife on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 07:10:17 PM PDT

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  •  I just saw this on fb (0+ / 0-)

    still can't stop laughing.

    Sequestration? GOP=Family Values, my ass.

    by blueoregon on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 12:38:22 PM PDT

  •  Trim the Bushes before they get out of control.... (3+ / 0-)
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    "The sun is shining........"

    by LamontCranston on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 12:48:36 PM PDT

  •  More WTF moments from the frightwing today (3+ / 0-)
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    And I’m glad that in our party we have room for all of them.
  •  Just thinking about LB lately (6+ / 0-)

    Mostly, it came to me as I was watching Michelle Obama rollout her latest efforts in her anti-obesity campaign. What struck me most is the vast difference between the robustness of her campaign vs. the quiet, nearly imperceptable campaign of Mrs. W to fight illiteracy.

    Illiteracy's as important an issue as obesity in my mind, but the underwhelmingness of her efforts, which rarely went beyond a Today show interview, compared with the intensive engagement with which our current First Lady has comported her struggle seems as different from apples and elevators.

    PrezObama's only mistake in the sequester is that he assumed that the Republicans would be more loyal to their oath of office to serve the people than their oath to Norquist to never close tax loopholes.

    by SilentBrook on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 03:01:17 PM PDT

  •  yeah. i believe it. afterall, this is a woman who, (2+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, Calamity Jean

    as a teenager, ran a stop sign & killed the occupant of the other car (but was never charged), & actually had sex with george w (brain bleach, pleeze!), so that pretty much shoots any credibility she might have ever had imo.

    it's obvious laura's been braindead for decades. maybe even longer than george, it that's possible.

  •  Gotta love the Bushes. (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    Totally off topic, but I stumbled across this last night. Makes sense in light of the mess that this family keeps making of the economy whenever it's in power.

    10 Highly Paid CEOs at Low-Rated Charities


    Despite receiving more than $200,000 in annual pay, these CEOs run organizations that devote less than 60% of their budgets to their programs and services. That means that at least 40% of your dollars are going to such costs as fundraising and administration, including the salary of the CEO.

    Rank     Charity     Salary
    1     Citi Performing Arts Center     $431,697    
    2     Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights     $374,500    
    3     Coalition to Salute America's Heroes     $362,500    
    4     YWCA USA     $357,280    
    5     American Studies Center     $305,000    
    6     Detroit Symphony Orchestra     $303,813    
    7     Riley Children's Foundation     $299,684    
    8     National Foundation for Cancer Research     $289,760    
    9     George Bush Presidential Library Foundation     $289,308   
    10     Defenders of Wildlife     $288,616

    I'm guessing that the George W Bush Presidential Library Foundation will likely end up on that list next year.

    © 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 Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 05:05:22 PM PDT

  •  RAPEpublicans 2014 (2+ / 0-)
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    Go Team RAPE

    Citing the Bible as proof of God is like citing comic books to prove the existence of Superman. (h/t to Stevie Ray Fromstein @

    by rdbaker43 on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 05:28:53 PM PDT

  •  ^^^Love that^^^ (2+ / 0-)
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    drmah, Gooserock

    RAPEpublicans, I was using repukes, because they make me throw up in my mouth at best or projectile vomit at worst. But RAPEpublicans says it all. Can I use this?! Pleeeeaaasse!
    Peace and Blessings!

    United we the people stand, divided we the people fall.

    by Penny GC on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 12:28:51 PM PDT

  •  The problem of cannibalism in the Royal Navy (1+ / 0-)
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    is now relatively under control.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 06:33:32 PM PDT

  •  when did she start doing stand-up? (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, starduster

    Room for different opinions in the GOP?

    Maybe if she means the difference between extreme rightwing and extremely right wing.

  •  I normally don't comment on First Lady comments (4+ / 0-)
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    drmah, Mogolori, Gooserock, METAL TREK

    But she really ran a stop sign on this one.

  •  She never had anything to say when she was in the (1+ / 0-)
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    White House for 8 stolen years. Why is she speaking up now? And who cares what she has to say?  She and her husband are well matched - worst president ever and worst first lady ever. A match made in hell.

  •  I think Laura is a basically a very decent person (3+ / 0-)
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    cmoreNC, RamblinDave, bluelaser2

    and probably a closet semi-progressive.
    Not to the liking of most at DKOS.

    This quote falls into the category of political fluff to keep people from discovering her "real" views.

    Probably  the wine taking however...

    "Everyone has to believe in something. I believe I will have another glass of wine."



    "Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here." Marianne Williamson

    by Canadian Green Card Alien on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 06:46:31 PM PDT

    •  Same here (4+ / 0-)

      Throughout her husband's pathetic, tragic romp on the national stage, I can only recall her ever expressing one opinion of her own, and that was support for abortion rights. Tempted as I was to hate her, I never really could. I figured she just married into a family where it's effectively still 1952 and the men are in charge, and she knew which side her bread was buttered on.

      Certaines personnes disent qu'il y a une femme à blâmer, Mais je sais que c'est ma faute sacrément.

      by RamblinDave on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 07:23:00 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Hassling Laura Bush over Conventional GOP Wisdom (1+ / 0-)
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        is pointless and low-class.  

        Bush was misunderesitmated from the beginning.  His entire first term was botched beyond belief by Cheney.  

        From all I have seen of the man, he is not a hater, just incredibly weak and unfit to be President.  By his second term, he had found a better voice- in fact, I don't see all that much difference between his second term and Obama's first if you back out party loyalty to a corrupt, fanatic party that would put an unqualified person (three or four in a row in fact) in the oval office just to gain power.....

        Cheney OTH is a sociopath and incompetent to boot.  

        Out of my cold dead hands

        by bluelaser2 on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 05:54:00 AM PDT

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  •  Raison d'etre == reason for existence (0+ / 0-)

    I know that was snark but I just want to may sure everyone knows.

  •  put 'em all in the tent. (1+ / 0-)
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    then burn the tent down.

    "Just because you win the fight, don't mean you're right," - Funkadelic

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 06:51:44 PM PDT

  •  Kaili, you are horrible for calling them pro-rape. (0+ / 0-)

    On the otherhand, had you used the term "The God-willed rape, but only if it is legitimate" crowd, I'd be with you 100%.  Just being a wee bit snarky here.  Thanks for your post!  

    There is no hell on earth appropriate enough for those who would promote the killing of another person, in the name of a god.

    by HarryParatestis on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 06:55:24 PM PDT

  •  Laura Bush was attempting noncommittal blandness (2+ / 0-)
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    RamblinDave, starduster

    ...her primary goal in that interview was to try to blend three goals: defend the GOP's purported attractability of a as many of its candidates to women as possible while minimizing giving offense to its various factions, while at the same time being as risk-aversely bland about anything substantive as possible.  You'll note that there is not the slightest bit of analytical insight or substance to her comments.

    She's very much sticking to a traditional-wife model where women aren't supposed to do anyhthing that might rock the boat their men ride in.

  •  Have another valium Laura (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, starduster

    There's something behind those eyes that screams.."DAMAGED!!"

  •  Probably an oblique Bob Casey reference: (1+ / 0-)
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    There are differences. There just will be. And I’m glad that in our party we have room for all of them. I think that's important too.
    For 20 years (and I think it was her mother in law who originated the whole thing in 1992), they've been sticking to the lie that the Dems wouldn't let Casey speak at their convention because he was anti-choice. (The real reason was that Casey had refused to endorse the Clinton/Gore ticket.) Every time the Republicans have the chance to nominate anyone even remotely approaching moderation, the "moderate" candidate always gets hir ass handed to hir and is out of contention within a week or two after New Hampshire, but not before the Republicans crow about how "we had a pro-abortion candidate and Bob Casey blah blah blah!" I'm pretty sure that's what LB was alluding to, but I can't decide if she was being extremely subtle about it, or if she just isn't as good at playing that particular game as more vocal Republicans are. But if nothing else, she certainly is sticking to the script.

    Certaines personnes disent qu'il y a une femme à blâmer, Mais je sais que c'est ma faute sacrément.

    by RamblinDave on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 07:29:56 PM PDT

  •  And to think (1+ / 0-)
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    I thought George was the dummy in that marriage.  She's in Stepford LaLa Land.  

  •  Please...someone do a diary.. Tons of material (0+ / 0-)


    This came from W's library page

    Become a Volunteer!
    DALLAS --- The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is now accepting volunteer applications.  Volunteers play a vital role in all the activities at the Library and Museum.  From welcoming visitors, students and researchers, to assisting with educational programs, to supporting special events, we depend on the talents and time of our volunteer staff.

    Volunteering at the Library and Museum gives you a unique opportunity to learn about the life, career and administration of President George W. Bush, while also promoting civic engagement and a better understanding of American history and public policy. Listed below are many different positions that help assist the Library and Museum staff.  Learn more about each of these positions at the Volunteer Program page!

    Docents: assist the museum education experience through group learning activities, demonstrations and community outreach programs.
    Due to the sensitive nature of Presidential materials, all volunteers must successfully pass a background check and sign a confidentiality agreement. Other requirements are as follows:

    Must be able to make a one-year commitment;

    You must pass the loyalty test..Grover Norquest gave us the idea

    Able to work up to 4 hours per week on a non-paid basis unless serving as a volunteer or docent substitute;

    Pay ?   No we are republican.. Slave labor.....That is in the book ...The GOP bible

    Ability to learn new skills;

    ( That leaves a lot to the imagination )

    Proficient in Microsoft Suite programs is a plus;

    We only know about Brother II Typewriters... Help !!!
    For some duties, must be able to lift up to 50 pounds; and

    Putting George to Bed.....W falls out or is eating pretzels

    For some duties, must be able to stand for long periods of time and able to climb ladders.

    Our enhanced interrogation  of loyalty program...
     Water and boards may be involved

    If you are interested in joining our Volunteer Program, please call 972-353-0509 or email  Paper and electronic application packets are available upon request.

    Begging is prefered.. We are elite....

    Please send your completed application packet in a single Word or PDF file by email or mail to the information below.

    Carina B. Morgan, Volunteer Program Coordinator
    George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
    2943 SMU Boulevard
    Dallas, TX 75205

    Cause W don't want to be bothered.....

    I put the answers in bold.... someone could do a whole skit on their requirements for volunteers.. ROFL...

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 07:55:57 PM PDT

  •  they play both kinds of music (1+ / 0-)
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    country and western. i'm just glad there's room enough in the party for both.

    If only Michael Phelps hadn't smoked that pot...imagine what he could have accomplished with motivation and good lung capacity.

    by papa monzano on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 08:21:04 PM PDT

  •  The Bush cabal is beginning to circle the campaign (0+ / 0-)

    wagons for Jeb's (I'm the smart one) bid for the White House in 2016.  They are laying the groundwork to bring together all of the wing nuttia and hardcore Tea Baggers into the Jeb Bush camp.  

    "The sun is shining........"

    by LamontCranston on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 08:54:49 PM PDT

  •  Saying LB welcomes pro-rape crowd? (0+ / 0-)

    Come on! Bad form.

  •  So Rape is just a difference of opinion? (0+ / 0-)

    I can understand her balking at the question. And all the doublespeak. But the last part seems really odd given the topic. She is diluting the problems down to silly little differences of opinion?

    These are differences when it comes to civil rights, LGBT rights, and which dumb tv show you watch at night. But when it comes to Rape that is just a PROBLEM. Attacking Women seems to be the GOP "thang" lately. They treat it like just another standard position, but they forget that women aren't possessions, or toys, or optional human beings. They are citizens, and voters, and real live people that suffer through this country of backwater laws thanks to the GOP.

    The LGBT crowd deserves their equal rights as much as everyone else which have fought for theirs. But the attack on women's rights and defense of rape is just a GOP "PROBLEM", not something to be watered down by a former FL.

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 11:38:04 PM PDT

  •  Jeezy Peezy (0+ / 0-)

    I am not a fan of Laura Bush but this headline is a bit much. No where in her comments does she even intimate that rape is ok or that the GOP should be ok with it.

    Experience required, ovaries desired.

    by bulldog on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 03:14:07 AM PDT

  •  Hey, there has to be some political party (0+ / 0-)

    for those morons. I'm just glad it's far away from me (and most of the rest of America).

    "You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think." -- Dorothy Parker, who knew someone like Jeff Gannon

    by PDiddie on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 04:42:38 AM PDT

  •  Exceptions (0+ / 0-)
    ...but they were the exception rather than the norm in the party.
    A few exceptions here a few exceptions there and pretty soon your talkin' a real party!
  •  The news here isn't what Laura Bush thinks... (0+ / 0-)'s that the utterly despicable Erin Burnett thinks that it's important for us to know what Laura Bush thinks. Cable TV's most heinous "newsperson" continues to carry water for Wall Street, Republicans, and whatever else her bizarre concept of her job requires her to do. Debt ceiling countdown clock? Toting up the number of days since the meaningless credit rating reduction? A discredited First Lady's thoughts on anything, after she spent eight years as a cipher in the actual position? That's Erin Burnett for you. Do not EVER expect any straight information from this miserable, embarrassing excuse for a journalist.

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