Sunday, January 11, 2009


From a report on today's Fox News interview of George Bush the Elder and Younger:

The president's father, former President George H.W. Bush, ... said political invective has "gotten worse" since his days in the White House, adding: "It's offensive, very offensive."

The younger Bush agreed. "The biggest disappointment in the political process, that's been this kind of bitterness by a few people to the point where they don't want to have a logical discussion or a civil discussion about policy," he said. "They just want to tear you down."

Bush fils has, under Rove's tutelage, learned to leave the verbal bomb-throwing to the help, but it's just lovely to be lectured on civility by Bush pere, who high-mindedly said of Bill Clinton and Al Gore, "My dog Millie knows more about foreign affairs than these two bozos."

(Although Poppy, too, liked to leave this sort of thing to his underlings, as when Dan Quayle said in 1988, "Want to hear a sad story about the Dukakis campaign? The governor of Massachusetts, he lost his top naval adviser last week. The rubber duck drowned in his bathtub.")

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