The last Republican

The airwaves are rightly cluttered with memories of George H.W. Bush, the 41st-President who died yesterday at age 94. There are kind remarks, and recollections of campaign squalor — and universal acknowledgment of his private integrity and kindness. I’ve nothing to add to any of that, so I’ll just point to this 2913 news story of his last, or near last, public appearance.

Former President George H.W. Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends, his spokesman said Wednesday.

Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, attended the ceremony joining Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen as private citizens and friends on Saturday, spokesman Jim McGrath said.

Thorgalsen posted a photo on her Facebook page showing Bush signing the marriage license as a witness. She captioned the photo: “Getting our marriage license witnessed!”

That outraged the nutjobs, but I’ll remember Bush as a decent man who at last repudiated the Evangelical Right that he sucked-up to as a politician and finally understood that same-sex marriage ought to be a conservative cause.

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