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You see George H. W. Bush around the White House lately?

"No," you say? "G. W. Bush is the president."

He sure is, but daddy Bush appears to be back on the scene.

George H. W. Bush is back in the White House in the form of Jim Baker, who is on the commission looking for a new direction in Iraq, and Brent Scowcroft, who counseled against the Iraq war, and Bob Gates, who as recently as 2004 wrote that the U.S. should sit down with Iran to iron out issues relating to Iraq, nukes and the rest.

Last time the daddy Bush crowd had the president's ear was Colin Powell, and he eventually left in a huff. He's still mad.

But now Rummy is gone and Cheney may not have the dominant hand he once had. We'll have to see how that works out.

The old George H. W. Bush crowd of realists — not idealists or ideologues, but realists — they're back and seem to be in the ascendancy. They were happy to leave Saddam alone in Baghdad, and they're being asked to figure out what to do now.

Odd this should happen now because it also seems to be the moment when the Clinton crowd is back in control of the Democrats. Gone are the loser days of Gore and Kerry.

The Dem winners are back and doing exactly the same things that made them winners last time. Remember triangulation? The art of co-opting your opponents' issues? Bubba did it with welfare, and now Rahm Emanuel has done it with Dem candidates for Congress.

You are pro-gun, anti-abortion, and you hate hearing the military dumped on? In 2006 that made you a good candidate to run as a Democrat, and a bunch of them got elected.

So here we are again with daddy Bush against Bubba Clinton. It's feeling like 1991 all over again.

That's My Word.

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