September 29, 2016

EVERYONE DOES, WHICH IS WHY WE SHOULD BE RUNNING JEB:

I miss George W. Bush (Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, September 29, 2016, The Week)

For conservatives, the case for why we should all be missing Bush is simple: He won. And that's something no other conservative presidential candidate has done since. Say what you will about his narrow victories, but Bush won twice. And not only did he deliver the White House, but also both branches of Congress, and two pretty good Supreme Court picks. With Hillary looking like a shoo-in and Antonin Scalia's seat waiting to be filled, don't you want a guy who can win, fellow conservatives?

Many of my hardcore conservative friends have excoriated Dubya for his supposed breaches of conservative orthodoxy. And I have my own criticisms of his famous brand of "compassionate conservatism." But would you rather have compassionate conservatism, or Trumpism? The insistence by so many organs of movement conservatism that only small-government purism could be considered orthodox conservatism is what set the stage for the backlash against the GOP establishment by its working-class base, propelling Trump to the top of the ticket.

George W. Bush is a man of virtue. He got married only once, and he never cheated on his wife. That shouldn't necessarily be a stand-out quality, but in these late days of the Republic, it is, and I miss that about Bush.

Heck, even Bush's much-mocked malapropisms look positively charming next to Trump's foot-in-mouth ramblings.

Progressives have reason to miss George W. Bush, too. He spent his entire political career, dating back to Texas, reaching out to minorities. The Bush-style communitarian vision of the welfare state was designed to help many minority communities thrive. You may not have liked the way that he, as a conservative, thought that should be done (i.e. "faith-based initiatives"), but his heart was in the right place.

Posted by at September 29, 2016 1:36 PM

  

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