The Laura Bush “It’s Possible” Controversy

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A huge deal has been made today over supposed ‘controversial’ comments First Lady Laura Bush made in response to a question Matt Lauer from the “Today” show asked her. Relevant part of the transcript:

Lauer: Some are suggesting —

Laura Bush: Not only that, she is very deliberate and thoughtful and will bring dignity to, uh, wherever she goes. But certainly to the Supreme Court, she will be really excellent.

Lauer: Some are suggesting there’s a little possible sexism in the criticism of Judge [sic] Miers.

Laura Bush: That’s possible. I think —

Lauer: How would you feel about that?

Laura Bush: That’s possible. I think she is so accomplished that… I know, I think that people are not looking at her accomplishments and not realizing that she was the first elected woman to be the head of the Texas Bar Association, for instance, and all the other things. She was the first, uh, woman managing partner of a major law firm. She was the first woman hired by a major law firm, her law firm.

The “it’s possible” answer to Lauer’s question as to whether the suggestion that some of the criticism was sexist in nature has turned into “Laura Bush says you’re sexist if you oppose Harriet Miers nomination.” (paraphrasing). A simple check of the transcript, as provided above, shows that she said no such thing. Any number of things are “possible” in terms of what the critics of the nomination are saying. I’ve seen no ‘big names’ play the sexism card against Miers’, but travel around the comments sections on some blogs and political message boards and note some of the things that have been said about Miers, like she’s 60 and single with no kids, which supposedly means that as a result she would have limited understanding of certain family issue-based cases that come before court, which *is* sexist in nature because I don’t think that would be said by anyone if it were an unmarried man who had been nominated to the USSC.

I know this nomination has stirred the passions of my fellow conservatives who obviously have strong opinions about it, but I think criticism of Mrs. Bush’s “it’s possible” remark is overblown. I find myself respectfully disagreeing with two people I generally agree with on most issues: Captain Ed and Michelle Malkin, and agreeing wholeheartedly with Big Lizards’ Dafydd (emphasis Dafydd’s):

Again, Laura Bush did not call critics sexist. She did not even agree with Lauer that they were sexist. Close examination of the transcript — or simply viewing the segment — shows that she brushed off the question and instead simply gushed about what she saw as Miers’ accomplishments.

Make sure to read the entire post. Ian has the video.

With all due respect to my fellow conservatives out there who have taken issue with Mrs. Bush’s comments, I ask you to reassess them – presented in the context as they were in this post (courtesy Dafydd) and if you still see the “it’s possible” statement as off the mark, that’s fine. We’ll just have to agree to disagree. But I think what really should be getting attention here is not what the First Lady said, but what the President says, and what Ed Gillespie and other RNC big players have said. We should continue down that path of discussion, and abandon this argument against Laura Bush’s remarks, which were – in my opinion, innocent.

Other bloggers thinking similarly: Bryan Preston , Jay at Stop the ACLU, Cao, Rob at Say Anything, AJStrata

Cross-posted at California Conservative

How much blame goes to Blanco?

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Lisa Myers at MSNBC does a great job of laying out the facts on what La. Gov. Blanco did wrong in the days leading up to Katrina, and the days after the levees were breached.

Pointing out the full facts in the “who’s to blame” game was something the blogosphere did very well in the immediate aftermath of Katrina. I’m happy to see the media slowly jumping on board that train, even though it’d have been nice if they wouldn’t have jumped to faulty conclusions the first time around.

This is just silly

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No matter which side of the fence you are on regarding the nomination of Harriet Miers, I think you’ll agree that the following snippets from this story is just silly:

Miers told Mr. Bush in a 1997 birthday card that he was “the best governor ever” and, in a separate note to her boss, said she hoped his twin daughters recognize their parents are “cool.”

The correspondence with Mr. Bush was among thousands of pages of records released Monday by the Texas state archives from Miers’ record as chair of the Texas Lottery Commission from 1995-2000.

A transcript of her confirmation hearing before the state Senate in 1995 indicated that lawmakers asked Miers, an attorney, only a few questions and that her nomination by Mr. Bush was generally unopposed.

Miers and Mr. Bush exchanged several birthday notes and general well-wishes during her lottery tenure.

In 1997, Miers sent him a belated birthday card featuring a sad-looking dog and the note: “Dear Governor GWB, You are the best Governor ever — deserving of great respect!” She added, “At least for thirty days — you are not younger than me.”

Mr. Bush’s birthdate is July 6, 1946; Miers’ is Aug. 10, 1945.

Mr. Bush wrote back to wish Miers a happy 52nd birthday, telling her that he appreciated her friendship and to “never hold back your sage advice.” He ended with a postscript: “No more public scatology.”

That October, Miers wrote Mr. Bush a note saying she hopes his twins, Jenna and Barbara, recognize they have “cool” parents.

Mr. Bush told Miers in a birthday note in 2000: “Have a great life!”

*Sigh* – there are plenty of things to be concerned with concerning the Miers nomination. Her writing cute notes in birthday cards to the President are not one of them (unless they read something like “George, thanks for last night. It was pure heaven!” or something ;)). I think the media has established that Miers and the Prez have been close over the years without having to report something like this as though it’s ‘telling’. Sheesh.

Mary Landrieu: Show me da money!

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Via Noel Sheppard at the American Thinker:

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) was unhappy last Friday night. After sparring with Senate Republicans, including her counterpart from Louisiana, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), she didn’t get what she wanted – $15 billion in hurricane-related loans to her state without any strings attached. No matter how much she gets for her state, it’s never enough.

Now, don’t get me wrong, she did get some money — $750 million to be exact. But the recipients are going to have to pay it back, and that’s not what Landrieu wanted. She felt that given everything Louisianans have gone through, these loans should have been totally forgivable, meaning that if the recipients didn’t want to reimburse America’s taxpayers, they didn’t have to.

Doesn’t that make it a grant and not a loan, or am I parsing words?

Regardless, it’s not like there hasn’t been a significant amount of money already approved by Congress and the President to go to this region’s recovery efforts, unless you don’t consider $62 billion (that’s billion with a “b”) significant. And, given that this represents more than three times the amount of federal income taxes collected from Louisiana residents and businesses in 2004, this is certainly not chump change.

Read the whole thing and see if you’re not shaking your head at the end of it. Don’t be surprised to read quotes of hers in the future along the lines of “we’re starving kids and the elderly” and other such typical nonsense that we see out of DC Democrats when they don’t get the money they want.

Gore – 2008 run?

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Adding more fuel to the fire over the speculation as to which Democrats will be running for president in ’08 comes this piece from US News’ Washington Whispers section (scroll down):

Is Al Gore coming back? If allies we talked to have their way, the former veep will be the next president. “It’s Gore Time,” says a political strategist and fundraiser who is opening a bid to get Gore into the race. Gore friends see his recent political and business moves as proof he’s preparing to run. Allies say that in speeches, Gore has found his voice to address domestic and world issues. And in raising money for his Current TV network, which targets the critical youth market, Big Al has built an issue base and donor network that’s competitive with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton ‘s. Our source–a top aide in the previous Bush administration–is planning meetings with Gore’s team to push an early entry while Clinton runs for re-election in New York. It doesn’t end there: The Gorebots want him to pick Sen. Barack Obama, the youthful Illinois African-American, as his No. 2.

I know it’s way early to be speculating, but I wouldn’t rule out Gore as a possibility. No doubt he’s still seething with anger over what happened in 2000 and would love to take one more shot at being elected president. I for one would get a chuckle out of blogging his angryman moments ;)

Cross-posted at Blogs For Bush

Related Toldjah So post:

Welll …..? (ST INTERVIEW AUDIO)

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What did you think? Did I have too much a of a twang? LOL. I thought I had lost most of my southern accent from my days in radio but it’s alive and well ;) Edited to add: and I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, either!

I did manage to get it recorded but my copy is 74.2 MB! To Kevin: were you able to get it recorded and if so, how big is the file?

A big thanks to Allman and Smash – had a great time!

Afternoon update: Let’s hope this link works! (Mucho thanks, Kevin!) Note: it might take a minute or so to load, depending on your connection speed, so please be patient :)