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Chimpy on the road


Actual caption: President Bush reaches out to shake hands with supporters after speaking at a campaign rally at Sugar Land regional airport, Monday, Oct. 30, 2006 in Sugar Land, Texas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

BTW, he’s spewing on the NJ ruling on the stump, a clear sign that the GOP is running out of gas — they’ve got nothing left to toss out there. Keep it up, you losers.

“For decades, activist judges have tried to redefine America by court order,” Bush said Monday. “Just this last week in New Jersey, another activist court issued a ruling that raises doubt about the institution of marriage. We believe marriage is a union between a man and a woman, and should be defended.”

The line earned Bush by far his most sustained applause at a rally of 5,000 people aimed at boosting former GOP Rep. Max Burns (news, bio, voting record)’ effort to unseat a Democratic incumbent. In this conservative rural corner of eastern Georgia, even children jumped to their feet alongside their parents to cheer and clap for nearly 30 seconds – a near-eternity in political speechmaking.

…The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples must be given all the benefits of married couples, leaving it up to the state Legislature to decide whether to extend those rights under the structure of marriage or something else.

One alternative, civil unions, is an idea Bush supports. But he ignored that on the way to portraying the New Jersey decision as the kind of thing America should do without.

“I believe I should continue to appoint judges who strictly interpret the law and not legislate from the bench,” the president said, earning more applause in the sweltering basketball arena at Georgia Southern University. He pointed to his nominations to the Supreme Court of Chief Justice John Roberts and Samuel Alito.

For all those professionally closeted homos in the GOP, how does it feel to be used all over again?

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