April 24, 2005


Bush Boosting Hillary in '08? (NewsMax, 4/24/05)

By befriending Bill Clinton so enthusiastically, ex-President George H.W. Bush is inadvertently helping Hillary Clinton to reclaim the White House in 2008, a longtime Bush family confidante said Sunday.

"They're trying to move Hillary to the center for 2008, and this helps de-demonize her and her husband," the unnamed Bush insider tells the New York Daily News.

An unidentified Clinton aide agreed that the ex-presidents' warm relationship is giving Hillary's presidential bid a big boost, proclaiming, "It gives [Mr.] Clinton back some legitimacy."

Sen. Clinton certainly left no doubt that she approves of her husband's new pal, telling the News, "They really have been having a great time together."


Posted by Orrin Judd at April 24, 2005 7:34 PM

Long time Bush family confidentes aren't likely to leak confidential information to the media nor are they likely to repeat gossip. Take this information from whence it comes.

Posted by: erp at April 24, 2005 8:20 PM

Although a fine man otherwise, GHW seems politically dense ... and not just in this instance.

Posted by: Genecis at April 24, 2005 8:51 PM

The sense where he upset a popular incumbent governor? beat a media darling in the primaries? beat a sitting VP in time of peace and plenty? added seats in a midterm? was the first war president re-elected since FDR? ...

Posted by: oj at April 24, 2005 8:55 PM

And people would prefer another Jimmy Carter?

GHWB is just reflecting good manners, and for all we know he likes bantering with Bill Clinton.

And how can (political) legitimacy be determinative upon the blessings of 41? This article is spin, nothing more.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 24, 2005 9:11 PM

Actually, W's warm relations with Clinton dehumanize W to the VRC crowd who felt like the GOP hounded poor ole Bill.

Isn't there something to the effect about keeping your friends close and your enemies closer? I hope that isn't some lame quote from The Godfather movies. Oh well, better than "booyay" or whatever Ron is fond of saying, right, AOG?

PS: Mr. Judd, you recommended Thunderbirds, but after the intimate puppet scene from that stupid movie by the South Park guys, somehow I'm a little put off by puppets.

Posted by: Buttercup at April 24, 2005 9:14 PM

Don't worry, the originals are clean, family viewing.

Posted by: oj at April 24, 2005 9:25 PM



I'm with you on the DVD recommendation as well. I mean, who's the real hottie: Shego or Lady Penelope?

Mr. Judd;

I don't recall former President Bush (41) doing any of those things you mention. I think Genecis mistyped and was referring to the Bush mentioned in the cited article. Howeve, I tend to agree with Mr. Hamlen that it's a lot of spin about very little.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at April 24, 2005 10:24 PM

W being the first war President re-elected since FDR might be a technicality, since Harry Truman was ineligible to run.

Posted by: J. Tiberius K. at April 24, 2005 10:32 PM

No he wasn't. He considered running but after Barkley did well in NH dropped any idea of running.

Posted by: oj at April 24, 2005 11:00 PM


You're right.


My apologies.

Posted by: oj at April 24, 2005 11:02 PM

Right you are. After looking up the 22d Amendment, I see that he was grandfathered in.

Posted by: Rip Van Winkle at April 24, 2005 11:06 PM

Hanging out with Bush 41 is a good general election strategy for the Clintons, though they'll have to play it carefully, too. Hillary's past gives her more of a right with the Democratic left to triangulate than any other potential candidate, but even triangulations has its limits.

Act like you're comfortable too much with the Bushes and that might just be too much for the Bush haters in the Democratic Party to swallow. They still wouldn'r defeat Hillary in the primary election, but it could leave the left with the same "we're staying home" attitude in the general election that the Republicans fear might happen with the evangelicals, if the wrong candidate is nominated for 2008.

Posted by: John at April 25, 2005 12:39 AM

I remember a story wayyyy back after Bubba became pres, #41 & Barbara came to visit the WH and they all had a really good time sharing stories.

Posted by: Sandy P at April 25, 2005 12:39 AM