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The Bush I'd vote for

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I really like the Bush family or "We Bushes" as George the First says. I love Kennebunkport and the Western connection - the Texas ranch and cowboy boots. With all those kids and grandkids, I bet they even have a messy house sometimes.

But what I like best about the Bushes is Barbara. I love her white hair and wrinkles. I especially liked the way she and George kept a dog in the White House - and let her have puppies on their bed.

I read the interview with Barbara and George last month in The New York Times and cheered when she said what she really thought about the presidency and the Clintons, even though her husband kept telling her to hush up.

In a perfect world, folks like the Bushes should be holding family reunions in the White House. After all, they're as American as an L.L. Bean catalog - and I mean that as a compliment. My grandmother always said the apple never falls far from the tree, so with parents like the senior Bushes, George the Second, I'm sure, is a fine fellow.

Early in the campaign, when I first saw photos of young W., he was in sweaty running clothes feeding the cat. My husband does the same thing every morning.

I think it's great that the Texas governor owned a baseball team. If I had a million dollars - or I suppose a lot more - one of the first things I'd do is buy a baseball team for Alaska. An American president should like baseball.

I like political dynasties, I liked the Kennedys and the Roosevelts. But they weren't as normal as the Bushes, you know? I mean the Bushes could have a Thanksgiving special on TV.

Mind you, here in the small town in southeast Alaska where I live, no one is really paying much attention to the presidential race. The only political posters up in town are for a local fisherman who's running for the state Senate. This is the kind of place, like most rural Western towns, that will probably vote Republican, no matter what. More Alaskans are registered as independents than anything else, but they tend be on the Libertarian side. Ross Perot got a lot of votes in Haines; so did Ralph Nader.


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