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.
Where did I say anything about Bush boss8ing the party around? I have never seen any tendency on the part of Bush to boss anyone around. Whoever is the Republican nominee will have the support of Bush to win the Presidency, but if the nominee is "anti-Bush," and thinks he can win without the President's support, he will be in for a really great fall.
I'm not saying we need a Bush clone as nominee, but that the "anti-Bush" rhetoric is counter-productive.
It seems to me that no one eats there own like Republicans. It never ceases to amaze me.