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Woman, Thou Art Loosed

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. George W. Bush might have been slightly better president if he’d listened to the women in his family. That’s become even more evident, now that he’s safely out of office, and some of the women in the family are more free to speak their minds.

Back in 2006, First Lady Laura Bush was advising her husband and any Republicans within earshot not to run on a same-sex marriage ban that year.

But there’s something else that makes me wonder if George is listening to Laura when she’s talking to him and isn’t scripted by his handlers. Basically, it’s this little tidbit: Laura is telling George and any other Republicans who will listen, “don’t run on a gay marriage ban this year.”

Some election-year advice to Republicans from a high-ranking source who has the president’s ear: Don’t use a proposed constitutional amendment against gay marriage as a campaign tool.

Just who is that political strategist? Laura Bush.

The first lady told “Fox News Sunday” that she thinks the American people want a debate on the issue. But, she said, “I don’t think it should be used as a campaign tool, obviously.”

“It requires a lot of sensitivity to just talk about the issue — a lot of sensitivity,” she said.

The Senate will debate legislation that would have the Constitution define marriage as the union between a man and a woman early next month, Majority Leader Bill Frist said on CNN’s “Late Edition.”

Unfortunately, I don’t think congressional Republicans are likely to listen to Laura on this issue this year for two reasons. They need this issue to appeal to an important voting block in what is going to be a rough year for them, and they’re running out of time.

Then last month, Laura Bush “came out” as pro-choice and pro-marriage equality, saying that she believes marriage equality will come via a “generational shift”. I tend to agree, and have for a while. (And apparently, she told George twice — in 2004 and 2006 — not to run on banning same-sex marriage.)

Let’s not forget, also, that Jenna Bush invited Ellen Degeneres to have her wedding at Dubya’s Crawford, TX, ranch. (Of course, Degeneres and de Rossi declined, tying the knot in California instead — where, in those pre-Prop 8 days, it was legal.)

And now, former “First Daughter” Barbara Bush is speaking up and saying — on Fox News, no less — that she’s glad health care reform passed.

Barbara Bush, daughter of president George W. Bush, appeared as a guest on “Fox News Sunday” this week to discuss her non-profit Global Health Corps, whose mission is to bring health equity to the U.S. and Africa, and she made some comments that surprised host Chris Wallace.

“Why do, basically, people with money have good health care and why do people who live on lower salaries not have good health care?” Bush asked. “Health should be a right for everyone.”

“What do you think about Obama health care reform?” Wallace asked.

“Obviously the health care reform bill was highly debated by a lot of people,” Bush responded., “and I’m glad the bill was passed.”

We all knew Dubya was not the sharpest tool in the shed.

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Now we know that the women have the lion’s share of the brains in the Bush family.

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