Just in case you’ve forgotten what kind of “leaders" we had running the country during the George W. Bush administration, let a story from former Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer’s new book Speechless be a reminder. According to ThinkProgress, Latimer writes about attending a meeting at which recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom were to be chosen. Among those considered for the honor were British author J.K. Rowling, but she didn’t get the nod because too many people at the meeting thought her Harry Potter books “encouraged witchcraft.” SI-I-I-I-I-I-GH. Instead of Rowling or other evil influences (such as Sen. Ted Kennedy, denied because “he’s a liberal”), Bush wound up giving the award to people who had helped him start and then bungle the war in Iraq, such as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former CIA director George “Slam Dunk” Tenet, and Paul Bremer, the head of the Coalition Provisional Authority which made sure our occupation of Iraq was as inefficient and corrupt as humanly possible (see the award-winning book Fiasco). All fine specimens of competence, integrity, and brilliance, each and every one. But seriously, folks, how did we survive these morons? Oh yeah, that's right, we haven't yet since their biggest mistakes are still with us.