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GOP watch: Pining for Bush?

“Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell argued Sunday for extending Bush administration tax cuts while opposing an extension of unemployment benefits without offsets,” Roll Call notes. (It’s interesting and perhaps telling that in arguing about budget deficits, McConnell is for extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, which amounts to government spending, but is against the unemployment benefits extension.)

John Cornyn said this in a C-SPAN interview: "I think President Bush's stock has gone up a lot since he left office. I think a lot people are looking back with more fondness on President Bush's administration, and I think history will treat him well."

The NBC/WSJ poll, however, does not bear that out. Bush’s numbers largely are unchanged. Our poll showed him with a 29%-50% fav/unfav -- largely unchanged from Jan. 2009, when Obama took office. (Then, Bush was at 31%/58%.)

Sen. David Vitter accused President Obama of playing politics by supposedly trying to move the Gulf oil spill out of the headlines by not appearing there since last month, June 4th.