These days, Bush family is hardly popular in the public eye. After being in the forefront of American politics for over 3 decades, they have come to represent everything that was wrong with the Republican Party.
After a disappointing administration with George Bush senior during the 80’s and 90’s and a downright disastrous W administration, the Bush family doesn’t have much clout left among conservatives. When younger son Jeb tried to make a play for the White House this year, well, we saw how that worked out.
It would come as no surprise to many that modern conservatives, including many young and new voters, have very little in common with this established, political family. Their time in the sun has ended. The fact that W’s time in office ended with the rise of the most liberal president in history shows what little impact his legacy has had on the country.
Now it seems like they are trying to put further distance between themselves and conservatives, as they come out in opposition of GOP nominee Donald Trump.
Over a 24-hour span that began with Jeb Bush’s surprising and sardonic cameo in Sunday’s Emmy Awards broadcast and Monday night’s reports that his father, former President George H.W. Bush, had told a family friend privately that he intended to support Hillary Clinton, the Bushes returned to the headlines, and are giving Trump just the establishment foil he so capably exploits.
“He probably loves that former President Bush isn’t backing him because it underlines his whole case against the establishment,” one former Jeb Bush campaign staffer said. “I bet he’s highlighting it in his stump speech before long.”
George W. Bush, who is headed to Washington this weekend to headline a fundraiser for Senate Republicans and attend the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, has shared in private settings for months his fear that he will be “the last Republican president.” And while Bush family loyalists say they do not know whether he is joking, they are certain he cannot support Trump.
Hmm. He fears he’ll be the “last Republican president.” Why might that be, W? Could it perhaps be because you destroyed any credibility with American voters? George W’s time in office ended with such low approval ratings, it practically rolled out the red carpet for Obama.
If he fears he might have been the last republican president, he only has himself to blame.
Donald Trump represents a significant change in American politics. He is a conservative, to be sure, but he does not resemble the insider republicans that have been in bed with the left for decades. He might not be a “republican president” according to W, but considering Bush’s legacy, that’ll be a very good thing.
Let’s not overlook the fact that Trump thoroughly trounced Jeb Bush in the primaries. Before Trump entered the race, Jeb looked to be the favorite. A son and brother of former presidents. Of course he’d get the nod!
But then came Trump, whose anti-establishment rhetoric was just the sort of thing Americans needed to hear, after eight years of misery.
Jeb didn’t stand a chance.
Make no mistake, the Bush family is part and parcel of the establishment. They want to protect their legacy from the needed reforms a Trump administration would bring. They oppose him because he beat their son and fear how he will repair the damage the Bush’s have caused over years of insider politics.
Their current criticism is only a sign of how truly out of touch with America they are.