George P. Bush, the product of American political royalty, has filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission to run for office. Bush, 36, is the nephew of former President George W. Bush and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush. His father is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and his mother, Columba, is a native of Mexico. The younger Bush´s move comes at a pivotal moment for the GOP, after the party´s lack of success with Latino voters was cited as a primary cause for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney´s loss to President Barack Obama in Tuesday´s election.
As a life long Republican, I have to say the last election was an embarrassment. With Romney and Ryan we had two extremely competent candidates and where were our Republican elite??? Sitting around with thumbs up their behinds. And I can say this because I was walking the precincts in Nevada for four days. It would have been helpful to hear encouragement from Boehner, McConnell, McCain or any of the Bushes, but....cue the crickets. Thanks guys, I just love being left to twist in the wind. Please, please do not ask me for money--or I could get way more specific about my campaign experiences.
No. This guy may pull in the Latino vote with his Ricky Martin good looks but I am not keen to have another inarticulate Big Spender with a bad habit of reaching across the aisle to total sharks anywhere near the levers of power anytime soon. We´re all done with the Bushes.
There is just something sick about this personality cult driven system we are in. Everyone is just supposed to turn into a sycophant at the mention of names and position. I´m already fed up with Marco Rubio.
One other thing: The reason Mitt Lost the election wasn´t because he couldn´t win over Latinos - it was because so many Americans blamed the foul Obama economy on George W. Bush. Bush tried to do the right thing but never responded to his maggoty attackers who demonized him, allowed a lot of incompetence to go on among his lieutenants as americans lost their lives in assorted hellholes, somehow annoyed much of the world (I don´t understand this dynamic), believed idiot arabs are all hot for democracy, and never had the cojones to follow through on his social security privatization idea of 2005. Good man or not, the name Bush is toxic for party prospects.
FTA: after the party´s lack of success with Latino voters
Again, again, again -- wretched thinking! Backwards! Backwards! The "problem" isn´t that Republicans [conservatives?] "aren´t successful with Latinos" [who, BTW, somebody might be dispatched to discover and then let the rest of us know are not a homogeneous, monolithic group]. The problem is that too many "Latinos" obviously put other things ahead of critical basic principles.
Really, we should pander to their bad choices rather than help them do the right and vital things for the right and necessary reasons?
2. A Bush? Another Bush? No, no, no, no, no, no, no! Another Bush sends prospective young leaders the wrong signals, that "the club" is all. Not the country.
#3: Agreed. #5: Yep. The pool is so much larger than a Bush family reunion. And just what has the latest Bush actually done?
#13: The "hatred" of the US is a simple matter. It isn´t because of who we are or what we stand for. It´s because we [or someone] are necessary as the evil "other." Every tyranny needs some outside "evil other" to blame all its ills on. Remember Hoffer´s point: "An excuse is better than achievement because an excuse can last a lifetime." Muslim countries blame us and Israel. Their leaders love it. Tyrants can never admit they´re messing up their countries or they can wind up on a lamppost. Failed societies can never admit that fact. A people, especially an ignorant, arrogant, "we´re so great" [though in actual fact altogether backward] people [think of highly patriarchal examples], have no choice but to blame the outsider, the "other." Like kids: "it´s not my fault!"
Both parties are fighting over people,who in large part don´t even belong in this country.Selling out on illegal immigration is a great way to make your base stay home.These people just helped Obama steal the election and bring the wrath of hell with him and we´re shaking their hand for it.
You know you´re lost when even right wingers become deranged.
The GOP establishment, which is the Bush crowd, did everything they could to undermine Romney. A 10/14/12 NY Mag. article said George W. was critical of Romney´s campaign and skeptical of his chances. Jeb Bush openly ran a shadow campaign during the summer, had a separate convention for himself at the RNC convention in Tampa. Jeb has for several years been very outspoken in his contempt for those of us who aren´t democrats and have nowhere else to go. The Bushes constant negativity had to have some effect on Romney´s confidence. The most chilling part is they obviously don´t care about this country at all, were hoping Obama would win again.
Instead of prejudging this young man, wouldn´t it be wiser to adopt a wait and see attitude? Having Bush for a last name says absolutely nothing about his politics or his character. It should not automatically disqualify him from the same fair consideration we owe to any other candidate for public office. And for heaven´s sake, he isn´t even running yet!
I am absolutely astonished at all the naysayers. George P. Bush is 36 years old. He has a law degree and is a small business owner. A military veteran, he served in Afghanistan under an assumed name. He is Hispanic and speaks Spanish fluently. He has worked in political campaigns at the state and federal level.He is filing the first papers so that he can seek an office in his adopted state, Texas. (He grew up in Florida, but came to Texas for college and stayed.)
And you think he doesn´t have the right to get into politics just because of his surname?
#25 we can´t judge a person on their character and competence that would take to much thinking. We won´t even read the article, again to much work. I will use conservative principals when looking at candidates, I will judge them on their character and ability.
I thought #26´s comment was informative, and it sounds like this new Bush might have something to offer, maybe in local politics or Congress. But I agree with most posters that the last thing the party needs now is to start touting another Bush for the presidency.
In 1988 Dole trounced 41 in Iowa. Then in New Hampshire he proved prophetic when he said "Elect Bush and the Reagan Revolution is over". Was it ever. Bush gave us the Clintons...ably assisted by Perot. But 43 had it all. And gave it away to the Rats then Obama. W would have made a fine Rat.
I would rather cheer on the ´Love´ lady who lost in her election bid. at least we have a number of easily built-in slogans. LOVE that lady, and so forth. Just saw her twice on TV and she makes most people in the Democratic Party look pretty bad.
When an article similar to this came out earlier in the week my entire office was in fits of laughter at the thought of the GOP running a Bush. The name Bush is so toxic it doesn´t matter how good a guy he is, he cannot win ANYTHING with that name.
Really talking about the revenge that King Teflon mentioned just before the election...drive the friggin Loonie Leftest Liberals insane and over the cliff by supporting and voting for the latest George Bush to enter politics...how ironic!
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