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Laura Bush on Elena Kagan Nom: "It's great"

May 18, 2010

Go progressive once, props to you. Go progressive twice and uh, props to you again!  Go progressive THREE TIMES, and someone might mistake you for a liberal. So has gone the trajectory of Laura Bush in the past few weeks, as revelations from her memoir out the former First Lady as not only pro-choice, but a supporter of LGBT rights. So her interview on this week's "Fox News Sunday" is just about the last straw; she said President Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court is "great," and that increased gender equity in political leadership "does make a difference. And you know, I just like women to be represented in all parts of American political and civic life." Say what? Who knew Bush was such an assured supporter of representative government? Who knew she was pro-choice and supported gay folks when her husband made them THE wedge issues of his administration, generating a culture war that helped his re-election and hurt his country? As much as I want to high-five Laura Bush right now, and as much as I applaud her airing these views, I also want to sit down and ask why she's waiting until now to speak her mind publicly. Why, when she was in arguably one of the greatest positions to influence the President, she maintained her opinions but kept them to herself. If it weren't for the actions of her husband's administration, the debates over abortion and gay rights would not be half as divisive and vicious as they has become. What kept her so quiet? The expectation of political wives to remain uncontroversial and agreeable? Laura Bush, thank you for declaring what side you're on; we welcome you with open arms. But if you'd spoken up sooner, we all (including you) wouldn't have nearly as difficult a fight.

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