The Great Vanishing Republicans

The New Yorker‘s Jeffrey Toobin examines why recent Republican presidents and presidential candidates have “disappeared from the face of the earth.” As for our own George W. Bush:

George W. Bush, in contrast, gives the Republicans their own version of the Jimmy Carter problem. Some Republicans criticized Obama for campaigning in 2008 and 2012 as if Bush were still on the ballot, but from a political perspective Obama probably did not run hard enough against Bush, who is much less popular than Carter. It’s true that Americans generally soften toward their Presidents over time, but a George W. revival does not appear imminent. It’s hard to imagine that many voters in 2016 will be pining for a restoration of the Bush years. (This could be an especially pressing problem for one prospective candidate in 2016, George W.’s brother Jeb.)

Then again, maybe he just enjoys painting.


  • Dubious Brother

    W talked about the “axis of evil” and the liberal press mocked him. There are three countries in the axis, Iran, Iraq and North Korea. Of the three, the only one that is not nuking up is Iraq. Of course, the liberal press wanted to hang W for the invasion of Iraq. W’s approval rating after 9/11 was 92% which was intollerable for the liberal press and they went to work on it. W “inherited” the dot com bubble bursting recession that was compounded by the 9/11 attack that basically brought several industries to a stand still. Not to mention the moronic Fannie/Freddie situation that he had nothing to do with but was blamed for the collapse.
    Was W a perfect president? Of course not. Republican Presidents are always compared to perfect though by the press while Democrat Presidents are portrayed as perfect.

  • Avid Reader

    Maybe throw in some Talking Points Memo or Daily Kos links to give the NY and Mother Jones ones a little variety.