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George W. Bush and last night's GOP debate

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So far during this Republican presidential primary season, discussion of George W. Bush and his policies has been almost non-existent.

But at last night's GOP debate, He Who Must Not Be Named -- Bush -- was named by the candidates or moderator nine times.

And his presence over the debate was even bigger: Almost every heated exchange invoked, one way or another, policies, endorsements, or legislation from the Bush era.

No Child Left Behind. That infamous "Bridge to Nowhere." TARP. The 2001 airline bailout. The 2002 steel bailout. Even the 2004 Specter-vs.-Toomey primary.

With Mitt Romney highlighting and criticizing Rick Santorum's Senate record, perhaps it was inevitable that votes in the Bush era would receive a more thorough examination last night than in previous debates.