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BuzzChatter Monday: Bush’s painting style scrutinized

Yep, it’s Monday, but the weather’s fine.

• “They were being painted by someone who had a very literal view of the world.” — Paul Chan, an artist based in New York, on the portraits of world leaders by former President George W. Bush.

Bush himself acknowledges that he’s no Rembrandt. He’s also said it may have been foolish of him to put his work on display at his presidential library in Texas. Still, that hasn’t stopped all manner of experts from swooping in and speculating on what the paintings say about the artist.

• “This is a real moment of truth for General Motors.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on ABC’s “This Week.”

At a hearing last week, McCaskill decried a “culture of coverup” at GM for its tardiness at recalling more than 2 million vehicles for defective ignition switches that have been blamed for at least
13 deaths — including one in Missouri. On Sunday, McCaskill said jail time for employees involved in a coverup over the defective switches remained a possibility. “ I know Justice Department is taking a hard look,” she said.

• “Go completely on the offense. Don’t try to defend the program.” — Democratic consultant Bob Creamer talking about Obamacare and the need for Democrats to become more aggressive as the mid-term elections near.

Politico notes that President Barack Obama just notched a big win by getting 7 million Americans to enroll in the Affordable Care Act. Now, the key for the president is not to “blow it.” One way to do that is to make the Republicans the issue, not the president.

• “Crazy.” — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on the state of politics in the country.

Bush noted that he’s actually getting more attention now as the result of all the speculation about his presidential intentions than he would if he was an actual candidate. But that’s the way it’s long been. No wonder Bush said Sunday that he won’t make a decision about his presidential plans until year’s end.