September 18, 2015

ALL ANGLOSPHERIC POLITICS IS THE SAME:

Jeb's Defense of His Brother Deflates Trump's Balloon (Lou Cannon, September 18, 2015, RCP)

If the Donald Trump balloon ever falls to earth, history may record that it was a pinprick by Jeb Bush at this week's Republican debate that began deflating it.

It happened during a testy exchange in which Trump dismissively blamed former President George W. Bush for the current mess in which Republicans now find the United States. 

"Your brother's administration gave us Barack Obama, because it was such a disaster," Trump snapped at Bush, stirring a passionate response that had been previously lacking.

"You know what?" Bush said. "As it relates to my brother, there's one thing I know for sure: he kept us safe."

Trump's remark had produced a gasp. Bush's reply was greeted with loud applause from an audience of mostly establishment Republicans that included California's last two GOP governors, Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger. This audience, in which I was in the ninth row, was not a Trump crowd, as could be ascertained by its appreciation of Carly Fiorina's effective put-downs of The Donald. But it was the attack on the former president that most stirred the crowd's juices.

Unnoticed by Trump and many Democrats, George W. Bush is now more popular than when he retired in 2009 in the midst of a sagging economy and the Iraq War. Recent polls gave Bush higher favorability ratings than Obama or Hillary Clinton. Among Republicans, according to a Gallup survey, 84 percent approve of Bush.


The simple political calculus is that the next president will be the candidate whose policies are the closest to those of Thatcher/Clinton/Blair/W/Cameron.

Posted by at September 18, 2015 8:05 AM
  

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