Agreeing with Tom Vilsack…George W. Bush?


As I mentioned in my last post, former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack (D-Corn) attacked Rudy Giuliani’s shoddy family credentials. Turns out George W. Bush might also see them as a problem. Here’s Bush on what he thinks the next president should be like:

“He should be comfortable with his family,” Bush said. “Should be somebody who’ll work hard to make sure there’s love in the White House …”

First, Bush obviously isn’t comfortable with the “he or she” construction, as in “He or she should be comfortable with his family.”

Second, I’m pretty sure the fact that Giuliani (1) has been married three times, once to a woman who was his cousin and once to a woman he divorced at a press conference; (2) barely, if ever, speaks to his own children, at least one of whom doesn’t want him to be president, and (3) has been identified by a repeat adulterer…. well, that would suggest Rudy doesn’t meet Bush’s criteria. Maybe Bush is a Romney man.

Of course, this is all gossipy and trivial and you wish we would cover more substantive things. I know, I know. Cut me some slack, it’s a Friday. Go read Winslow T. Wheeler.

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