George Bush's Pithy Endorsement
It was sort of the way President-elect
In that case,
Considering Bush's own preference to disappear into the woodwork since leaving the presidency, it suggests that the 43rd president and son of the 41st is well aware that his endorsement could be as unwelcome as a bad toothache. He is playing the once-fierce partisan who has put down his sword and has quietly slipped into retirement, with no bad feelings about all the slings and arrows thrown his way.
Perhaps it's just a matter of Dubya's temperament having calmed now that he's not carrying the world on his shoulders anymore. Or maybe he realizes that if he were to jump into the 2012 presidential fray, his presence would only help President Obama in his effort to make the election even more about the mess Bush left behind.
In 2010, Obama tried and failed to use what he had inherited from his
While Romney expressed his appreciation for Bush's endorsement -- through a spokesperson -- he didn't seem to be eager to drag him onto any campaign stage. Not the way he did, for example, when the likes of
The fact is that the party's conservative wing, the prime target of Romney's courtship during this year's primaries and caucuses, is not any more enthralled with the memories of the second Bush presidency than it was with the first. Both Dubya and his father brought continued growth in the federal bureaucracy and in government spending.
So Romney apparently can't look for any great party yearnings for the good old days as he strives to pick up the pieces after a debilitating fight for the nomination. If there was any former Republican president who could stir such sentiments, it was the departed
It was interesting in recent days to hear Romney accuse Obama of turning his back on his Democratic predecessor in the Oval Office, of forgetting it was "almost a generation ago
But in contrast to the brush-block of a Romney endorsement from Bush, Clinton already is all out in active campaign support of Obama. He is probably the most effective cheerleader in bringing back some of the lost enthusiasm for the incumbent among Democratic liberals over the last three years.
It will be interesting to see how Romney will deal with this first lukewarm endorsement from the junior Bush, who seems to have little interest in getting into the 2012 fight for the
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