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On Dana Carvey’s visit to the White House in 1992, he is said to have bounced up and down on the Lincoln Bed and said in his flawless Bushian accent, “Oh, no! I’m a one termer.”
And the outgoing Bush 41 is said not to have received the quip well.
Which probably has nothing to do with Jeb! Bush’s whiny, classless, sore-loser histrionics in the aftermath of the 2016 GOP primaries, but it certainly makes a guy wonder.
Newt put it best, this week:
“The reason people nominated Donald Trump is because they weren’t happy and, frankly, I think the Bushes are behaving childishly …”
“Jeb lost. Get over it.”
But they haven’t gotten over it, and, frankly, why would we expect anyone who is comfortable inviting Bill Clinton to dinner regularly and referring to him as their “black sheep son,” act any differently?
Washington (CNN) Jeb Bush is carrying his crusade against Donald Trump to the doorstep of the Republican convention, saying that he is not the future of the Republican Party even as it prepares to nominate him.
Bush, once seen as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, remains one of the most prominent anti-Trump holdouts in the GOP. In an op-ed for The Washington Post published Friday, Bush acknowledged that Trump had capitalized on legitimate frustrations with American politics.
“They have given rise to the success of a candidate who continues to grotesquely manipulate the deeply felt anger of many Americans,” Bush wrote, saying the nominee harkened back to an 1850s political party. “Trump’s abrasive, Know Nothing-like nativist rhetoric has blocked out sober discourse about how to tackle America’s big challenges.”
Or, in other words, we’re just too damn stupid to get it.
But here’s the kicker:
“I haven’t decided how I’ll vote in November — whether I’ll support the Libertarian ticket or write in a candidate — but I do know there are a lot of things Republicans can do in the coming months to lay the groundwork for rebuilding our party and the foundation for a true conservative renewal in our country.”
Which is, of course, RINO-speak for, “I know Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump – Hillary Clinton is a friend of mine, and you are no Hillary Clinton.”
The thing that is perhaps most disturbing about this act of public self-humiliation on the part of “the other son,” is that we have always liked the Bush family.
Regardless of the fact that they are the quintessential un-Reagan Neocons, or that their combined abysmally uncommunicative three terms in the White House laid the groundwork for the Clinton-Obama presidencies, we like them.
The Bush legacy was never likely to be more than mediocre in the history of GOP presidential politics to begin with, but still, what a disappointing footnote to leave it on.
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