Skip to comments.The 2012 elephant in the room: George W. Bush
Posted on 11/05/2012 8:46:35 PM PST by WilliamIII
One of the most telling aspects of the 2012 presidential campaign now racing to its end is the matter of the vanishing former two-term Republican president. His name is so seldom mentioned by his party's nominee and other stalwarts as to take on the characteristic of a toxic distant uncle.
That other GOP two-termer, Ronald Reagan, continues posthumously to enjoy the stature of political sainthood among the faithful. But the 43rd president, who is the son and namesake of the 41st, has been neither seen nor heard from in the blizzard of speech-making and television advertising by and in behalf of party standard-bearer Mitt Romney.
Yes, the missing person in the picture would be George W. Bush, now seemingly under party house arrest back in Texas as Mr. Romney runs as far away as he can get from Mr. Bush and his White House tenure. Memories of the junior Bush economic hangover haunt not only President Barack Obama, still struggling to recover from it, but also the Republican who wants Mr. Bush's old job.
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It's going to take a number of years for the GOP to get out from under the unpopularity of George Bush and his failed presidency.
That’s freaking retarded. The man’s name hasn’t been on a ballot in nearly 10 years.
History will be far kinder to George W. Bush than the present. BO has pretty much pissed away all of the advantages which George W. Bush’s good policies have brought us and he has doubled down on his worst policies.
If Romney loses, blame Herbert Hoover.
Landon was defeated in 1936 because he did not campaign. In Fact in 1940 Wilkie ran against the New Deal when the bigger issue was war.
GWB’s biggest lapse: he did nothing to defend the Republican brand.
If so, the American people have become purely ignorant. Obama has more than enough record to defeat. If he wins, it is no more Bush’s fault than the annual Trillion dollar deficits we have now have.
I had my best years when bush was president and many people love him.He looks very good after the bummer.
Preach it, brother! From six figures to $560 a month.
Complete BS. If this were true, the 2010 massacre of the Dims wouldn't have happened.
Bush did not defend the Republican brand, and McCain did so only in the most perfunctory fashion. So much flank was opened up for the media’s trashy, meretricious (not meritorious) attacks on the GOP.
George Bush inspired me to come to America and be more American than liberals.
As a former Kanadian, I hated my own country and whomever hated Bush was my sworn enemy. Odumbo’s presidency makes Bush’s presidency look like Reagan’s.
There were Kings in Israel who did a lot of things right, but did some things wrong ( like not destroying the groves, etc.)
Bush 43 is a decent man, IMHO. Should have done some stuff differently, but I was so glad Al Gore or John Kerry never had a shot at leading this country.
bs. if romney loses it’s because 47% of americans pay no federal income tax and are interested in getting more money from the 53% that do. Cobble that together with Obama being black and getting 985 of that vote, rich liberals and hispanics who have decided to become members of the dem plantation and america is in deep kimshi.
President Barack Obama would not have been possible if it were not for Bush 43. Can we move on now?
Not if Obama is re-elected.
The mans name hasnt been on a ballot in nearly 10 years.
That was also true of Herbert Hoover, but the Democrats were able to dine out on his unpopularity for at least 20 years after he left office.
Liberals are getting desperate.
Yep, those days of 5% unemployment and 1.84/gallon gas were sheer hell on earth.
If Romney loses, it will be due to his liberalism.
G W Bush is and was a ten times better man than the president that preceded him and the one that came after him.
I suppose it would be out of the question to blame the actual attacker? That’s like insisting that we have a gun problem when we really have a crime problem
Not overtly- he used some wisdom on stem cell research, made a path for faith-based groups to work the margins...
Kept the pride factor up in the military services.
But, yes he could have pushed harder.
So now even the GOP candidate should blame the GOP former president for potentially losing?
Bush was a great president and I despise how republicans do not defend him.
Clinton has 70 percent approval while bush has about 30.
He fought 2 wars successfully. He removed Charles Taylor. Ended genocide of south Sudan.
Shifted oil imports from ME to north America.
Kept America safe.
Prevented thousands of deaths during Katrina.
Stopped saddam Hussein.
Brought the deficit down to 260 billion. Got unemployment down to 4.7.
He saved gm and Chrysler and got that money back.
If Barky had somehow maintained the economy and the employment where Bush left it, he would be a shoo-in for reelection.
Obama owns this recession 100% and if he wins we are going back down.
Bush did not defend the Republican brand
Because Bush was “better” than the Republican brand. “Compassionate” conservatism implies there’s something wrong with straight-up conservatism. Just as “pappy’s” “kinder and gentler” conservatism was a dig at Reagan. Two losers - George Sr and Jr, suggesting they know better than Reagan conservatism !
You failed American History, didn’t you?
Not fiscally, and some foreign policy desicions were not a good idea.
the economy and the employment where Bush left it,
You mean when everyone - myself included - was worried about bank runs and general financial collapse? The last months of 2008 were a scary time, but maybe you’re an amnesiac?
How many times do you have to get fooled before it’s shame on you rather than shame on the one who fooled you?
I used to have a couple of Landon campaign posters
in mint condition. Wish I could find them.
I cant defend GWB’s legacy however the GOP has made a ton of screw-ups since he left office, the most damaging ones the past two years.
GWB’s legacy is not helpful but he is not the sole cause of the GOP’s current problems, especially when he had the good sense to stay out of sight.
On day one of 2009 the Republican minority in congress should have purged their failed leadership. That is what I was saying. They needed to show they learned something.
And for a nominee they (GOP) picked someone who appears to be a Bush clone.
Lastly, Obama has not won yet. Best to save these for if that happens.
After a (hopefully significant) Romney win tomorrow night, we need to lay into the GOP leadership harder than ever. We got then all 3 Houses for 2000-2006, and we got little to show for it. We also failed miserably in the primaries to get a candidate that could attack Obama on Obamacare, or would attack him much at all. (The GOP strategy seemed to be to nominate a guy who would be tougher for the MSM to attack, and would play decent defense... not a horrible strategy, but most of us care FAR more about limited government and lower spending... which is why the Ryan VP pick was pretty good.)
Let's (hopefully) celebrate WED and THU... and once the weekend hits, let's remember to start changing the character of the Stupid Party, the Cowardly Leadership, and the Slightly-Slower-Socialism Strategies.
More frequently than once per century.
What a load of crap! I’d vote for Bush again if I could.
Hice, not Houses
Hate to say it, but GWB ‘gave birth’ to Obama.
Pathetic sputtering from a faded glory BDSer.
Bush was a great president
If he was so great, why do no Republican candidates have him campaigning with them? Why isn’t he in GOP commercials? Why isn’t he at Romney’s rallies? Because the GOP knows that the public despises him and people haven’t forgotten the near-depression that was going on when Bush left office.
Reagan, in contrast, is the hero of every Republican, and his name can’t be mentioned enough. His picture is on the wall of every GOP headquarters and field office in the land. As it should be.
Barrack Obama ain’t a pimple on George Bush’s ass.
Barrack Obama aint a pimple on George Bushs ass.
Bush’s unpopularity made the Obama presidency possible.
Some writers only know Carter on.
It's more unlikely for Obama to be re-elected. Bill Clinton was the last Democrat to be elected to two terms since Harry S Truman and Clinton had help twice from Ross Pee-rot.
I hope not. He was nearly as destructive to conservatism as was Nixon, his dad, or Schwarzenegger.
Bush spent like a drunken retard in Iraq. He never fought back against the left. He tried to foist Harriet Miers, and gave us a Chief Justice who's looking more like Earl Warren by the day. He never hung the Community Reinvestment Act around the Democrats' necks. He built the DHS, the TSA, and neglected the border and Latin America to fester violent criminal communists. He never fixed the environmental agencies. When the floor gave, he merely caved to Goldman Sachs instead of letting some of those crooked RAT bastard banks sink.
Why should I celebrate George Bush?
LONG AGO when it was unpopular HERE to say it, I said Jorge El Segundo would become a curse on the lips of every conservative.
Wow you sound like Obama, Bush’s Fault Bush’s Fault Bush’s Fault. Bush did to much, he did not do enough, get over it! I respect him more for just staying the hell out of the way and being quiet. Unlike every friggin retarded Democrap ex president. Let the man be.
Nearly every evil expanded under BO had it genesis under Jorge El Segundo.
He didn't defend himself.