George W. Bush

Bush Tries to Save Senate Seats

“After eight years of largely abstaining from politics, former President George W. Bush is throwing himself into an effort to save his party’s most vulnerable senators, including several whose re-election campaigns have been made more difficult by Donald Trump’s presence at the top of the ticket,” the New York Times reports.

“In the weeks since Mr. Trump emerged as the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Mr. Bush has headlined fund-raisers for two Republican senators and has made plans to help three more. Among them are Senators John McCain of Arizona, who was one of Mr. Trump’s earliest targets of derision, and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, who has struggled to respond to Mr. Trump’s inflammatory talk.”

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Coming this summer: Bush by Jean Edward Smith.

“Smith demonstrates that it was not Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, or Condoleezza Rice, but President Bush himself who took personal control of foreign policy. Bush drew on his deep religious conviction that important foreign-policy decisions were simply a matter of good versus evil. Domestically, he overreacted to 9/11 and endangered Americans’ civil liberties.”

Missing George W. Bush

Dana Milbank: “I had a twinge of nostalgia watching George W. Bush campaign for his little brother in South Carolina Monday night… He was earthy… Bush was corny… He was also self-deprecating.”

“But mostly, W’s cameo in the 2016 campaign served as a reminder that, not too long ago, conservative politics wasn’t so beastly. Bush, wading into the manure pile that is the 2016 Republican primary fight, was pleasant, civil and decent.”

When Ted Cruz Was Still an Insider

Politico: “In a never-before-reported meeting in Bush’s Dallas office, Cruz began to outline his 2012 campaign playbook for the former president… Cruz explained how he would consolidate conservatives yearning for a political outsider, how he would outflank the front-runner on the right, how he would proudly carry the mantle of the ascendant tea party to victory over entrenched elites.”

“It was impressive foreshadowing. But Bush cut Cruz off before he could finish.”

Said Bush: “I guess you don’t want my support. Ted, what the hell do you think I am?”

Cruz Was Offered Job In Bush White House

Sen. Ted Cruz “has said that after working on George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign, being passed over for a senior position with the new administration was ‘a crushing blow.’ Turns out, it was his own fault,” the AP reports.

“Cruz was offered a job as White House associate counsel shortly after Al Gore conceded the race in December, but he rejected it, members of the Bush transition team told The Associated Press. Cruz thought he was in line for the more senior role of deputy White House counsel.”

Bush Enlists Brother for NYC Fundraiser

Former President George W. Bush “is set to headline a luncheon fundraiser for the Jeb Bush presidential campaign in New York on Sept. 10, according to several people familiar with the event, part of an expanding role he is playing to help raise money for his younger brother’s White House bid,” the Washington Post reports.

“The New York luncheon was originally set to take place on Sept. 8 but had to be rescheduled for Sept. 10, putting the former president in the city the day before the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.”

Jeb Won’t Commit to Campaigning with George

Jeb Bush won’t commit to campaigning alongside his brother, former President George W. Bush, the Washington Post reports.

Said Jeb: “He’s been helpful already. He’s helped — in gatherings where it wasn’t inconvenient for him. And I — sure I’d love to have his help. But — by the way — the last time I saw my brother’s approval rating, or favorability rating, it’s higher than that of President Obama’s. He’s — he’s had a pretty good post-presidency.”

He added: “I’m– you know, I’m George’s brother, I love him. I know for me to be successful, this has to be about my ideas and about my life experience and about the future.”