George W. Bush isn't on the ballot this year but he could play a decisive role in the presidential race. That's what liberal writer Peter Beinart says of the 43rd president in The Daily Beast.
The GOP's image with voters is just too freighted with memories of Bush, no matter how far of the way Mitt Romney goes to avoid mentioning the former president. Deficits as far as the eye can see, a misguided war in Iraq, poor response to Hurricane Katrina - in Beinart's view all reasons many Americans hold low opinions of Bush's leadership.
"Without the Bush legacy, Romney would be leading this race. His problem is that except among staunch conservatives, Bush has so hurt the GOP's brand that Romney doesn't look like the fresh economic fix-it man that Republicans want to portray him as," Beinart writes. "Instead, it's all too easy for Democrats to paint him as George W. Bush the 3rd."
The Republicans are so ashamed of GWB that they didn't even invite him to their Convention. They have distanced themselves far enough away that he will probably do no harm. But, there is always a but, Romney's own policies and record is his biggest deficit.
I have heard that the REPS & DEMS are quietly trading the White House back and forth every 8 years. This is why there were only 2nd & 3rd stringers running in the REP primary. Romney was always destined to be the nominee but he is SUPPOSED to lose.
If everything pans out, Jeb Bush will be president #45 in 2016 for the next 8 year exchange. Here's a fun White House photo from January this year when the REP primary was in full bloom:
Romney is being set up to lose to Obama. Here is a 27 JAN 2012 White House photo of President #41(Bush I) introducing President #44(Obama) to future President #45 who will assume office on schedule in January 2017:
@Romney_Rube I've heard things like this before, but I for one avoid putting to much stock in "conspiracy" theories. But you never know. I have also heard that Hill is gearing up for 2016 as well. Would be a good election Bush/Clintion 2...
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George W. Bush the Third currently resides in the White House. Consider Obama's move to further TARP payments started under Bush, his move to continue the bail out of GM as started by Bush, and his continued engagement in Afghanistan (Bush). The only thing missing is the leadership side. Unlike Bush, Obama won't put his name on the economy (they're still called the Bush tax cuts even though Obama and his democratic congress extended them). If he thought Bush was driving us in the wrong direction, you'd think he'd turn the wheel when he took over. Remember the travesty known as Gitmo?
i think it is time to move on. bush is out of the picture. if you can't fix the problem get the hell out of the way and let someone else have a crack at it. whoever wants this job should quit bitchen and tell us what the hell tey are going to do to fix things. we have enough crybabies allready.
Nooo..sorry Mr. BET...But that's not the way it works...Picture it this way...The circus has just left town after a week of joy and merriment and all sorts of animals to clean up after...But the event planners hired a small army of workers to clean up all of the elephant sh---uh,,"stuff" ...left behind.....It will take them more than a week to get the event hall back to its condition before the circus and all of the wild animals messed it up....Now substitute the George Bush's mess in place of the circus.....only put the mess he left behind on steroids!!! times 10...Now you have the equivalent of what GWB left behind..........So no, you can't just sweep the sh...uh.."stuff" he left behind under any convenient rug and call for the next event...So you see its just not as simple as you and other repubs would like it to be...Your guy screwed up Royally! There ain't no way around that fact!
Well they don't have to look very far. I mean GW was bad enough...now those poor souls have to deal with their lunatic fringe called the tea party.....I wake up every morning and thank my personal god that I am NOT a republican!
What a terrible feeling living under an ocean of broken political promises. I feel with you democrats but there is a better choice and that will be entirely up to you. Mr. Obama or Mr.Romney or you can vote for MICKIE THE MOUSE. Only one will probably fix some of the problems .