GOP Rep Pushing Bill To Rename Midland, TX Courthouse After Bush

bushbustweb2.jpgDuring the past few months, President Bush and his closest allies have been working diligently to shape his legacy. Their efforts have included rewriting history in the last days of his presidency, creating the Bush-Cheney Alumni Association website to “set the record straight,” and working on the “partisan” Bush library and “think tank” at Southern Methodist University.

Now, the Dallas Morning News reports Bush may be getting some help from his friends in Congress:

Texas lawmakers are pushing to name a Midland courthouse for former President George W. Bush. […] Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Midland – Bush’s longtime friend and former accountant – is pushing the idea. All 20 Texas Republicans in the U.S. House have signed on, as well as 10 of the 12 Texas Democrats.

However, the name change would be particularly ironic considering the Bush administration’s penchant for abusing the justice system. Some of the lowlights:

— Bush directly and explicitly ordered torture, including the waterboarding of at least three detainees.

— The Bush administration repeatedly denied the rights of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay until the Supreme Court ruled that habeas corpus protections apply to detainees.

— An 18-month DOJ Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility investigation released in September found that the Bush administration fired nine U.S. Attorneys in 2006 for political reasons.

— Bush secretly authorized the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program which has infringed on the liberties of ordinary Americans.

While Conaway introduced the measure last week, he pushed a similar idea in Congress last spring but “the bill died in committee.” But unlike previous local measures honoring his name, even if the bill passes, Bush “would have to share the honor with his dad and a longtime Democratic congressman.”

(HT: Pam’s House Blend)

Matt Finkelstein