Laura “Stepford” Bush, the Closet Liberal

By Adele

Laura Bush has been making the obligatory talk-show rounds to plug her memoirs, Spoken from the Heart. Since George left office, she hasn’t lost much of that glazed, “Where’s my Prozac?” look, and she’s been talking crazy by Texas standards. (Sarah Palin probably told her it does wonders for book sales.)

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For example, Laura recently told Larry King she believes in gay marriage and a woman’s right to have an abortion.

She said she was asked about abortion on George’s first inauguration day in 2001, and decided not to immediately make waves by disagreeing with him.

And so for the next 8 years, she kept her lip zipped while she was First Lady and her opinions could have mattered, if only to give hope to everyone who thought there was no intelligent life in the Bush White House.

Barbara Bush did the same thing, but she only had to play dumb for 4 years because her husband couldn’t hold on to the job.

Now, who gives a rat’s ass what either of them think about anything?

Laura and Barbara were intelligent women who married into a family of idiots. They kept their compassion and common sense on the back burner while their husbands championed the Republican agenda of denying rights and benefits to anybody who isn’t a rich white guy. The Bush fortune apparently meant a lot more to them than a clear conscience, and saying what they really think now changes nothing.

Laura Bush’s belated empathy is moot. And I’m not even sure I believe her.

9 Responses to Laura “Stepford” Bush, the Closet Liberal

  1. Imabear says:

    I read the other day that she was a Democrat before marrying that dumb guy. I cannot imagine for one second changing my political affiliation (or my politics) for my man/husband/fiance or anyone else. Of course, I can’t imagine marrying George either.

  2. catsworking says:

    Imabear, I’ve always said Laura parked her brain under the church steps like an old wad of gum when she married into the Bush family. According to the book, he was Midland TX’s “most eligible bachelor” and she was its “biggest old maid librarian” when they met, fell madly in love, and got married 3 months later. She didn’t have a lot of time to consider, but I guess when you’ve got a millionaire on the hook, you don’t give him a chance to think twice.

  3. Imabear says:

    Okay, I know I should resist making the following comments, but I can’t help myself:

    (1) if he was the most eligible bachelor, what does that say about the rest of them, and (2) I wouldn’t worry about him thinking twice – I don’t think he thought the first time.

    Okay, I’m done.

  4. catsworking says:

    Imabear, 1) W was probably getting heat from Dad to give up his cavorting and settle down. 2) She was there.

    The only reason they’ve lasted together all these years is that she’s willing to put up with anything. They don’t seem to have a thing in common.

  5. MorganLF says:

    Since when is a wall eyed drunk, draft evader a catch??

  6. catsworking says:

    When you’re an aging librarian and everyone in Midland thinks you’re probably a lesbian. 😉

  7. Joanaroo says:

    Living with Dubya would make you crazy so I can see why she may be rattling off her repressed Democratic feelings to everyone. She must have her own version of PTSD, but hers is Pathetic Texas Stupid Decision – as in her marriage. Certainly not a very wise Decision….point! Now I know where the saying ‘Not if you were the last man on Earth!’ came from!

  8. catsworking says:

    Karen tells me she sees a lot of Laura and George in the grocery store at the checkout. They keep making headlines with him cheating and her kicking him out, apparently. And, of course, there’s that persistent rumor about what was REALLY going on between him and Condi…

    I get the impression that they are living separate lives these days. Laura and George, I mean. She even had the nerve to jump ahead and publish her book FIRST, instead of respectfully waiting for his book to come out and then faithfully corroborating every harebrained story he told in her own book. The doctor must be cutting back on her meds.

  9. MorganLF says:

    I hear he’s putting his book on hold, to explore the world of blogging and pesting.

    Of course he is using a “nome de plume” and a phony picture of pasty nerd to hide his identity but you can tell from all the misspellings and word murdering mix-ups that it’s him. After all who else would mix up adieu for ado???

    It HAS to be him.

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