Bill Clinton and Mark Dayton welcome George W. Bush to their side

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Miss him yet? Bill Clinton said the Republicans would barely recognize him.
Bill Clinton blew into town last night for a $1000-a-head fundraiser benefiting Democrat Mark Dayton's run for governor.

George W. Bush wasn't with him, but Clinton suggested that maybe he would have been welcomed, since W's politics would have a tough time finding a home in today's teabaggin' GOP.

"A lot of their candidates today, they make him look like a liberal," he told the crowd at the Graves 601.

He has a point. After all, the Republicans are now a party where even Karl Rove, the guy who masterminded Bush's White House victories, is persona-non-grata.

Rove went on Sean Hannity's gabfest last night and trashed Christine O'Donnell, Michele Bachmann's preferred candidate for the GOP Senate primary in Delaware, insisting, "There are just a lot of nutty things she's been saying."

High-profile rightbloggers like Michele Malkin promptly went nuts:

Rove came across as an effete sore loser instead of the supposedly brilliant and grounded GOP strategist that he's supposed to be. Expect more Washington Republicans to start sounding like Tea Party-bashing libs as their entrenched incumbent friends go down.

Here's Rove:

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