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Friday, October 17, 2008

“Bush” may soon become a verb

The way John McCain and Sarah Palin have been moving away from the ostensible leader of their party, you’d think George W. Bush had lice. Of course when a man presides over a long and unpopular war, the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression, and moves into uncharted territory for presidential disapproval ratings, it gets very itchy for the heirs of his political mantle.

In fact, the president’s unpopularity has become so universal, it may only be a matter of time before his name becomes a figure of speech.  I can hear it now…

“Man, you sure bushed that up.”

“You’re full of bush, dude.”

“Sorry, I totally bushed up.”

“That’s the worst bushing job I’ve ever seen.”

Just think of it. In much the same way the disgraced Roman general Sulla gave us the word “sully,” George W. Bush’s most enduring legacy may be to enrich our language with another term for incompetence.  I can't imagine a more fitting tribute. 

Raul Ramos y Sanchez

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