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Ear to the Ground

Dubya: I’m for Romney

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Posted on May 15, 2012
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George W. Bush addresses the nation from the White House in January 2007.

It is not uncommon for a politician to announce an endorsement for a candidate at a news conference or another major event, especially if the endorser in question is the former president of the United States. But George W. Bush bucked that convention by announcing his support for Mitt Romney on Tuesday in an unorthodox manner: He blurted it out from an elevator while the doors were closing. —TEB

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“I’m for Mitt Romney,” Bush told ABC News this morning as the doors of an elevator closed on him, after he gave a speech on human rights a block from his old home — the White House.

Bush’s endorsement isn’t a surprise, given that Romney is virtually the Republican Party’s nominee. But the 43rd president has been absent from the 2012 campaign and hasn’t made any public comments showing his support for Romney.

Romney did get the formal backing of Bush’s parents, President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, in March.

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By Marian Griffith, May 16, 2012 at 11:55 am Link to this comment
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@EmileZ
You are being too negative and acerbic.
The democrats have been taken over by a unprincipled career politicians who shamelessly do what their corporate sponsors tell them to in exchange for campaign money and an ample income.
The republicans have been taken over by a lunatic fringe of zealots who will gleefully throw the entire world in a depression, wage four more wars and dismantle the constitution in the name of protecting it.

The democrat party shackles their president to maintain the status quo and do nothing unless there really is no alternative.
By contrast the republican party would shackle their president to their insane ideas of policy. Remember these are people so crazily convinced of their own superiority that their definition of compromise is that the other party agrees with them. They would gleefully create a nightmarish Ayn Randian theocracy (and isn’t that a contradictio in terminis that illustrates their madness). And while Romney might personally be inclined to do the same as Obama (i.e. nothing) he too has to contend with fighting his own party as much as the opposition, just as Obama has to do.
We all like to blame our current problems on the politicians (or on one politician in particular with the fervent hatred of a jilted lover), but the reality is that the USA is deeply schizophrenic when it comes to election.
Mind this is not surprising as this whole global economy deal has not worked out so great for 75pct of the population who are sick and tired of seeing their income and securities slashed for the benefit of 1pct who already have more than they could possibly spend.
Myopic and self-centered as the USA is it is often hard to keep in mind that the OWS movement is an exponent of a global protest movement that did not originate in the USA (nor in Europe though Spain’s example was what inspired the first calls to occupy Wall Street). Voters are fragmenting into isolationism, populism and extremism in the whole world, undermining the legitimacy of the democracies everywhere. This is in reaction to how the global economy and the USA hegemony negatively impacts the lives of ordinary people.
And just so American voters are grasping for certainties which they seem to find in a idealised image of the 1950s, while those they put their trust in to realise that vision have their sights firmly set on the 1850s. A time when the rich could own entire states and could do as they pleased while the poor could only subsist in mindnumbing squalor until they dropped dead from disease, malnutrition or exhaustion.

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By surfnow, May 16, 2012 at 8:02 am Link to this comment

Hard to say what’s funnier.  His giving a speech on ” human rights”  or that imbecilic look on his face.

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By Fearless, May 15, 2012 at 8:03 pm Link to this comment
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[a tumbleweed tosses across the foreground of a faded
empire]

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By EmileZ, May 15, 2012 at 6:50 pm Link to this comment

I miss him, but I suppose it is all for the better as we can now no longer deny that a Democratic president will be any different (in case you didn’t learn anything from the Clinton years).

Obama is worse in at least as many ways as he is better.

If they would just officially combine into one party, it would be so much easier to mount a campaign of popular resistance, which is why they never will.

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By Margaret Currey, May 15, 2012 at 4:31 pm Link to this comment
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It makes no difference Romney will not be president in 2012.

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By PatrickHenry, May 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm Link to this comment

More the kiss of death than an endorsement.

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By Barry Wom, May 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm Link to this comment
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Looking at that mug makes me sick. This is a great place to waste your time.

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