Why in the world would a Republican want to run as the “anti-bush”? That is a defeatist attitude if I have ever seen one. Bush has made some mistakes, I grant, but we have all the anti-Bush candidates we need running now: Hillary, Obama, Paul, etc., and they are all losers.
Whoever gets the nomination at the Republican convention will need the support of the President to win. That won’t be enough by itself to elect the next Republican President, but without it the Democrats will win.
I doubt it. Whoever wins the nomination probably won't want the president anywhere near them.
It has more to do with swing voters. You may be in Bush's ideal demographic, but there are definitely people out there who won't respond to the same appeals and qualities that they identify with the current President.
I guess Bartlett's mistake is in thinking that you can produce a candidate in accordance with a recipe. Republicans weren't looking for another Eisenhower in 1980. They chose Reagan on his own merits.
Older voters may see Fred and think Reagan, but a lot of younger voters will see him and think Bush, for better or for worse. Maybe he has to find his "inner Fred" and hope the rest of us will respond, and not try to copy someone else.
Whoever gets the nomination at the Republican convention will need the support of the President to win. That wont be enough by itself to elect the next Republican President, but without it the Democrats will win.
Well, if Bush is going to be "that way" and try to boss the party around, maybe people are right to be fed up with him. I'd hope he'd have the graciousness to support the party's nominee wholeheartedly, and not make it about himself.
Because Bush is no Conservative, that’s why.
The Republicans continue to “NOT get it”. He’s done far more than make mistakes. People can forgive mistakes. Sheer determined arrogance against the very people who put him in office is quite another matter.
The Republicans can and will put a conservative up for the presidency, or the Republicans will be defeated in 2008
Liberal Democrats and Liberal Republicans are still Liberal.
The party be damned.