If You Liked Bush, You’ll Love Romney


A signal has apparently gone out among the Bush family and faithful: Line up behind Romney!

Recently, former Gov. Jeb Bush, former Pres. George H.W. Bush, and his wife, Barbara, publicly endorsed the Mormon. The admiration is mutual, according to Reuters, since Romney is relying on members of Pres. George W. Bush’s administration to advise him on national security and foreign policy.

If the rest of the Republican party hoped for more in the way of a candidate this year, the Bush folks couldn’t be happier.

Romney has named 24 “special advisers” in national security and foreign policy, 16 of whom served in diplomatic or political roles under Bush. They include Michael Chertoff, the former homeland security chief, and Dan Senor, who was an administration spokesman in Iraq.

On judicial issues, Romney is advised by at least three top veterans of Bush’s Justice Department.

Romney’s education advisers include Margaret Spellings, who was secretary of education under Bush and a chief advocate for No Child Left Behind….

Privately, they believe that…a Romney presidency could have a look much like Bush’s presidency.

Romney’s campaign is “a restoration of the Bush establishment,” said former Bush speechwriter Matt Lattimer, who is not supporting Romney. Bush loyalists “all want to be back in power again, and Romney’s the best bet.”

It’s easy to see why anyone who enjoyed watching Pres. George W. Bush go through the motions of being president would support Romney. Both men are given to jaw-dropping gaffes at home and abroad.

No one will forget Pres. Bush struggling to open the door on a Chinese state visit or the look on German Chancellor Angela Merkels’ face when he attempted to give her a shoulder massage. Nor can we forget his brush-clearing and guitar strumming as Americans drowned in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, nor his ridiculous donning of a flight suit to proclaim profoundly erroneously that the mission had been accomplished in Iraq. And the anti-American sentiment inflamed internationally during Bush’s presidency is still being doused.

For his part, Romney isn’t waiting to be sworn in before he begins pissing off the world. When he recently called Russia our “number one geopolitical foe,” Russian Pres. Dmitry Medvedev’s response dripped with disdain.

“I would urge all who lay claim to the chair of US president, not excluding the candidate you have mentioned, to do at least two things: first, use reasonable arguments while formulating your positions. Doing so won’t hurt. And second, check your watches. It’s 2012 now, not the mid-1970s.”

On the homefront, if you got the feeling that George W. Bush didn’t give a damn about average Americans, you’ll likely have the option to vote for the guy who is razing his seaside mansion in La Jolla, Calif. in order to build a new, larger estate complete with car elevators so he and his guests can park their vehicles in the basement and rotate them up to ground level when needed.

Karl Rove and Barbara Bush have been taking shots at Romney’s challengers, calling on them to get out of the primary race, although the former first lady had a strange way of doing it. As Pres. George H.W. Bush was about to introduce Romney to a crowd of supporters, she embraced the Republican party’s unhappy acknowledgment of their candidate’s inevitability.

“Aren’t you going to sing a song for us? Know when to fold ‘em?” she asked her husband, per POLITICO’s Reid Epstein.

“Yeah,” he said. “I do think it’s time for the party to get behind Gov. Romney. And she was reminding me Kenny Rogers sang, ‘It’s time when to hold ‘em and time when to fold ‘em.’

If the rest of the party hoped for more in the way of a candidate this year, the Bush folks couldn’t be happier.

Get ready for Bush II II.

Their enthusiasm for Romney may be rooted in the respect he has shown Bush’s administration in choosing his advisers, some leading Republicans said.

As a leading contender for president, “you have the choice of every adviser in the world,” said Houston venture capitalist Fred Zeidman, a Bush friend and Romney fundraiser.

Romney “picked the people who had been advising Bush and raising money for Bush because I think they have been consistent with the way he wants to run the country and what he believes.”

One comment

  • Shorebreak
    March 30, 2012 - 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Is Brownie coming back to head FEMA?

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