Poll: 51 Percent of Democrats Have a Favorable View of George W. Bush

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Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • If polls are to be believed, 51 percent of Democrats in this Economist/YouGov survey have a somewhat or very favorable view of George W. Bush, a guy whose historic lies and fucking war crimes could only pale in comparison to someone as unhinged and violently racist as Donald Trump. WAY TO DREAM BIG, EVERYONE. GLAD TO HEAR WE ARE ALL DOING WELL, MENTALLY. [The Hill]
  • Here’s something we are never, ever going to stop hearing about for the rest of our miserable twitching lives: the Clinton campaign and the DNC funded research for the notorious “pee tape” dossier, a fact they lied about a lot. How will the Clinton Administration handle this scandal? Click here for thoughts from Ronna! [New York Times]
  • Another thing thing to look forward to: more drones. [Washington Post]
  • Your 401k is NOT going anywhere! Or maybe it is, who can say, who needs those, they’re so confusing! What? [Washington Post]

Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:


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Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.

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With W, it seems to be half nostalgia, half perspective.

I received my first and only detention for walking out of high school to attend an anti war protest. And yet, we forget that until 9/11, he was pretty much a joke. That’s My Bush was an actual sitcom that existed. Cheney helped instigate an economic downturn that destroyed many young people like myself that graduated from good colleges with debt, facing down a massive unemployment rate.

But let’s be real on the perspective element: He was “evil” because so many of us, especially younger people, didn’t know the true meaning of the word. Implementing poor policies is not equivocal to the mission of this administration. The tenor of a country in 2000 where many folks didn’t have a computer or were relying on AOL dial up doesn’t even remotely equate to a 2016 country fed bullshit and hyperbole (and yes, on both sides) 24/7 that has easy access to communities that are extremely eager to reinforce their views.

It’s not so much as “favorable” as it is recognizing our naivety that there is so much worse out there.