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George W. Bush

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Surprised to see Dubya on this list? The scary truth is, as today's extremist GOP gets screwier and screwier, Bush keeps looking less and less horrific by the minute – proof that, as the Good Lord teaches, even the lowest among us can find redemption. He bucked the most racist elements of his party to pursue a moderate path towards immigration reform, and his record on fighting AIDS in the Third World won him a shout-out in Bill Clinton's 2012 Democratic National Convention speech. Even deeply flawed legislation like No Child Left Behind and Medicare Part D at least reflected a basic belief that government can and should play an active role in society, which is more than you can say for a lot of congressional Republicans in 2014. Look, there's no question he still sucks compared to Al Gore. But compared to Ted Cruz, Bush II might as well be LBJ.  

 

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