I’ve said it before - the Bush family would be nothing in politics without Ronald Reagan yet they show no gratitude to him or his core supporters (only about 90 percent of Republican voters). George, Sr. could not win a Senate seat in Texas; he had been a congressman in a safe seat and held a series of appointive posts but never won anything statewide until he hung on Reagan’s coattails. When Reagan was inaugurated, his first official act was to pardon FBI officials who had wiretapped the WeatherUndeground - it was meant as a contrast to Mr. Carter’s first act as “president”, which was to provide amnesty to Vietnam draft dodgers. Bush, Sr., on the other hand, having been elected on the basis of providing Reagan’s “third term” (which he promptly abandoned) gave an inauguration speech trying to distance himself from Reagan on a series of issues - one line in there was that there was “a statute of limitations for the Vietnam War” - in addition to being a slap at Vietnam veterans (by making a comparison to “criminal” activity), I always thought it was a riposte to what Reagan had done as his first act so that George could ingratiate himself with the “better” people of Georgetown by telling them, in so many words, that he is really on their side.
I will never again vote for another Bush - they have been a disaster for the nation and for the Republican Party.
So if you are or were in TX, would you be for George P. for land commissioner or a Democrat?