Laura Bush is glad GOP has room for women-haters, bigots

While accepting that the GOP ran “some obvious candidates that frightened women” in the 2012 campaign, Laura Bush told CNN yesterday that she was “glad that in our party we have room for all of them.”

Yeah, cuz America wouldn’t be America if we didn’t welcome “legitimate rape” as legitimate political discourse.

Yes, bring us your bigots, your hate mongers and your socially-backward women-haters because it’s important to allow all of them to have their say in the GOP’s big tent of bigotry. You won’t find a political party more tolerant of intolerance than the Republicans.

Brings a tear to the eye, doesn’t it?

Laura Bush thinks same-sex marriage ‘will come.’ Does Michelle Obama agree?Never mind that the social issues that Laura Bush finds so “heartfelt” are about denying people their rights, denying people proper healthcare and promoting hatred.  Laura Bush is glad “that in our party we have room for all of them. I think that’s important too.”

Yes, the “legitimate rape” of women is important, as is the legitimate rape of science.

Laura Bush then went on to claim that the anti-women, anti-black, anti-gay, anti-Latino extremists in the GOP “were the exception rather than the norm in the party.”  Huh.  As John wrote last year, extremists like legitimate-rape Akin aren’t a glitch, they’re a feature of the modern GOP.

Hell, you’ve still got Republicans defending the legitimate rape comment, and defending the notion that women’s bodies have a way of shutting down unwanted rape-babies.  And a New Mexico Republican recently tried to make abortion after rape a felony because, get this, it would be tampering with the evidence of a crime.

Crazy-ass anti-women GOP bigotry isn’t a glitch, it’s a feature.  Does anyone remember these greatest recent hits?  Does Laura Bush?

And don’t even get me started on the GOP position on gays, Latinos, and blacks.

These are not nice people.  And they’re not the fringe of the GOP, they are the GOP.

The biggest problem with the Republican party isn’t that they’re so welcoming of so many different forms of bigotry and hate.  No, the biggest problem the Republicans have is that they, like Laura Bush, not only welcome bigotry, and not only embrace bigots as some kind of perverse evidence of their love of “diversity,” but rather, the the biggest problem with the GOP is that they routinely elevate their bigots to the highest levels of the party.

Republicans don’t just tolerate hate and bigotry.  They admire it, and reward it.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1355224588 Nicholas A Kocal

    Also higher is teenage pregnancy rates, divorce rates, poverty rates, illiteracy rates, …

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Cudos to CNN for this zenith of mediocrity. For a moment there I thought we might have a spot of journalism, Instead we got a Laura Bush hagiography as the savior of oppressed brown ladies in Egypt, One of whom summarized her stay in Texas: “I managed to avoid blond hair and high boots.” It went right over the head of Erin what’s her name.

  • sophie

    Turn OFF FUX, moron. I’m so sick of ignorant comments like this. And it’s “alleged bigotry,” idiot. Yeah, you SHOULD know.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    So Laura Bush is glad her Republican party has room for anti-woman and anti-gay bigots.

    What don’t they have room for? Women in positions in leadership. LGBT people. People of color. Immigrants. Non-Christians, agnostics, and atheists. Poor people. Disabled people. Union and organized labor supporters. Anyone who thinks we can and should ensure that every American has food, shelter, health care, and a decent retirement pension. Anyone who believes in women’s reproductive freedoms. And most of all, anyone who believes in moderate or progressive policies, or in the need to compromise as a function of competent governance.

    Other than that, oh fer sure, the GOP is SO inclusive! You can be conservative, extremely conservative, severely conservative, or even foaming at the mouth regressively conservative. Being wealthy, white, male, and fundamentalist Christian are also bonuses.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Yes. She clearly can’t tell the difference between fear and righteous fury.

  • samiinh

    When you spend your life stoned, is there any reality? And I thought she dealt the white powder, not just the brown weed.

  • cole3244

    very good, the only thing you left out is, 17 year old rich white girl, ain’t texas grand.

  • Zorba

    “Some obvious candidates that frightened women.”
    Laura, they didn’t frighten us- they absolutely infuriated us.

  • Ninong

    You mean the time she blew through that stop sign at 50 mph and broadsided that 17-yr-old kid in front of his father, who was following behind him? When her only excuse was that she was engaged in conversation with her girlfriend passenger? When she got off scott free? That guy?

    Yeah, she did date him for a time but they had already broken up and, besides, she was only 17 and 17-yr-old girls (white girls anyway) don’t get charged with involuntary manslaughter in Texas even when the accident was entirely due to her negligence. We’re not supposed to bring that up.

  • AnitaMann

    I’ll have what she’s having. (Not the dumbassery or the dumbass hubby, the happy meds)

  • http://twitter.com/OGrady_Texas Mary O’Grady

    I take that “un-Republican” as a high compliment– thank you, Nicho.

  • nicho

    She was also known as the “go-to girl” on campus when someone wanted to buy a little weed.

  • nicho

    There you go with that “facts and logic” thing again. That is so un-Republican.

  • Badgerite

    Well, that is it, isn’t it? The base of the GOP with ‘deeply held religious convictions’ have the idea that unless they can use the state to IMPOSE those beliefs on the rest of society, their religious freedom is being infringed somehow. They do not accept one of the best ideas of the Founding Fathers which was the principle of separation of church and state which came about, after all, from experiences in Europe and elsewhere where church and state were one. And all that really produced is quite a lot of killing and corruption.

  • cole3244

    laura bush fits in with the 1% gop, her boyfriend of yesterday will vouch for that, if he was still alive that is, she was his last relationship in case you didn’t know.

  • Joneses

    As a women, I’m speechless. She has two (2) daughters, shakes head.

  • http://twitter.com/OGrady_Texas Mary O’Grady

    I think so– a condition for marriage followed by a cushy existence well-isolated from reality, forever.

  • http://twitter.com/OGrady_Texas Mary O’Grady

    At the end of WWII, thousands upon thousands of German women were raped by Soviet troops as the latter marched toward the Elbe. The victims ranged from small children to elderly women, as reported by historian William Shirer and others. Some were murdered; plenty of others became pregnant as a result of rape by the invading army. If there were any truth at all in this ridiculous “rape shuts down conception” notion, would it not have to hold true under the extreme stress of rape by enemy soldier(s) as one’s country crumbles violently around one’s ears?

  • Ninong

    Tell me, Paul, do you believe abortion should be legal in the case of rape?

  • UncleBucky

    He made her what she was after she made herself (remember she was a Texas Democrat before).

    UPDATE: OR maybe that was a condition for marriage, a little brainwashing??? :O

  • UncleBucky

    She accepts women-haters and bigots politically? She may be talking religiously, where we have to accept sinners in our midst, but really!

    How many times was she beaten in a GOP kinda way?

  • Ninong

    What we see as obvious discrimination and outright hatred espoused by the wing-nut branch of the Republican Party, people like Laura Bush see as tolerance for “deeply-held religious convictions.” Remember, it doesn’t have to make sense to any rational person to be a “deeply-held religious conviction.” That’s why the Republican Party is more and more concentrated in the Deep South, where regular attendance at church services is more than double that in the rest of the country.

  • Naja pallida

    Welcome to the Republican party, the Baskin-Robbins 31 flavors of hate, ignorance, bigotry and stupidity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/monoceros.forth Monoceros Forth

    Remember: as always, pointing out bigotry is the real bigotry. *rolls eyes*

  • MyrddinWilt

    How does Laura Bush feel about that fine young Republican Ted Bundy?

    Is she glad that there was room in the party for Bundy?

  • freewayblogger

    Seeing Laura is the only thing capable of making me feel the least bit sorry for George W. Bush.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Oh I’m game. :) Tell us, please, where Chris demonstrated that he was a bigot? Let me guess: Because he’s bigoted against bigotry!

  • nicho

    What a stupid and ill-informed statement.

  • nicho

    Well, after a while, all that Xanax takes its toll.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.k.ogden.5 Paul K. Ogden

    Wow, someone complaining about allegedly bigotry while demonstrating that he himself is a closed-minded bigot. I guess you should know.

  • judybrowni

    Well said.

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