Dear Republicans: Like it or Not, George W. Bush is the Reason Your Party is Destroying Itself

By all accounts, 2016 is looking like the year when the Republican party self-destructs. If you think things are chaotic now, just wait until the convention rolls around in July. Essentially no matter what happens, all hell is about to break loose within the GOP. There’s no “happy ending” for any of this.

Either “Republican nominee” Donald Trump is going to tear the party apart from the inside or the party is going to “steal” the nomination from him at the convention, which could lead to him running as an independent. And if Trump is denied the GOP nomination, I really do believe we’re going to see a complete implosion within the party itself. It would not surprise me at all to see a legitimate third party eventually emerge from this chaos claiming to be the “true conservative” movement against the “establishment GOP” which they feel has sold them out by sabotaging Trump.

Depending on who you ask, there are all sorts of excuses as to why the GOP is currently embroiled in this mind-numbing chaotic mess. There are even those who blame President Obama for the rise of Trump.

But the truth of the matter is, this is all still linked to George W. Bush’s disastrous eight years in the White House.

The moment Bush left office, the GOP instantly embraced the tea party “movement” as a way to try to repair its image from the damage the previous eight years had done. It was their way to try to “reinvent” themselves as a “true conservative party for the people.”

Though the tea party was never a “new” movement. The only thing the tea party has ever been is a voice for the racists, the bigots and the crazies who’ve been slowly gaining control over the GOP for decades. With the emergence of the tea party, these bottom-feeders finally had a voice in Washington. And because Republicans were so desperate to do anything to cleanse themselves of the horrible eight years of George W. Bush, they blindly embraced the very monster that was always destined to destroy them.

If George W. Bush was actually a great president (as many Republicans claim he was), then why did Jeb Bush do so awful this year? One would think that the brother of a “great president” would have been a lock for the nomination in this field of clowns. Instead, Jeb’s campaign will go down as one of the most disappointing in U.S. history. Aside from early hype long before Trump got into the race, he was almost never a factor.

To be fair, Jeb was an awful candidate – but so was Mitt Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008, so that’s not really an excuse. Jeb’s last name alone (if his brother was a good president) should have been more than enough to at least have made him a strong contender for the nomination.

But when you look at this race, there’s no boasting about anything Bush did during his eight years. In fact, there’s hardly a mention of those eight years at all. Most Republicans seem to go out of their way to act as if January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2009 never happened. The only candidate who really did speak highly of “Dubya” was Sen. Lindsey Graham, someone who polled around one percent for most of his campaign. If anything, Trump has taken quite a few shots at our last Republican president, repeatedly calling the Iraq War a disaster and at one point basically saying Bush is partially responsible for not protecting Americans on 9/11.

Like it or not Republicans, what we’re all seeing with the current chaos resulting from Donald Trump and Ted Cruz sitting atop your presidential leaderboard is all linked to how disastrous George W. Bush and his administration was for this country. In the GOP’s desperation to distance themselves from his catastrophic presidency, to rid themselves of anything or anyone that was even linked to those terrible eight years, it embraced the movement that’s now pushed the party to the brink of collapse.

Had Bush actually been a decent president, this year we would have a candidate similar to the type of president he was as the frontrunner for the GOP nomination. Likely his brother Jeb, who was essentially running to be the exact same type of president.

Instead, the current overwhelming frontrunner is an eccentric billionaire reality TV star who has often used the failures of George W. Bush’s administration to boost his own campaign.

The bottom line is, it’s 2016 and the GOP is still paying the price for how awful President George W. Bush truly was.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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