George H.W. Bush: Romney’s my favorite in 2012

posted at 1:24 pm on November 23, 2010 by Allahpundit

Short of a crown physically being placed on Mitt’s head, this is as close as we’re likely to get to an official coronation of him as the establishment choice in the primaries. I was giggling while watching it, trying to imagine his reaction as the most RINO-y president of modern times gives him a very public thumbs up, but actually this shouldn’t hurt much. The base is already lost to him thanks to RomneyCare, so the best he can hope for now is to consolidate his position among centrists/anti-Palinists. And the Bushes did him a major solid on that front: Not only do they both talk him up, but when pressed on other candidates they like, they mentioned only Pawlenty, Haley Barbour, and Bobby Jindal (who almost certainly isn’t running). The omission of Mitch Daniels, a potential genuine threat to Romney, is conspicuous given Daniels’s service in Dubya’s administration. I wonder if that was mere absent-mindedness or a deliberate snub. Ah well. No mystery, though, as to why they failed to mention Palin; Barbara’s contempt for her, in particular, is obvious.

Incidentally, now that we’ve got the Bushes sniping at her and Karl Rove criticizing her show and her fans, does that make this hotly disputed Daily News piece from earlier this month any more credible? Palin supporters bristled at the idea that Dubya might have been privately critical of her, but I’m not sure why. Tea partiers are forever reminding us that the movement is as much a reaction to Bush 43 as it is to Obama; if the man behind TARP and years of ballooning deficits doesn’t think much of Palin, that only proves her conservative cred, no?


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Abby Adams on November 23, 2010 at 1:35 PM

That is putrid, Abby…..and it’s only the opening shot

thebrokenrattle on November 23, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Bush 41 makes presidential endorsement, Romney hardest hit. Film at 11.

jnelchef on November 23, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Relax conservatives, you’ll get Lindsey Graham as VP. Now buff my golf shoes and polish them with a fine shammy.

Ted Torgerson on November 23, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Between Joy Behar endorsing Huckabee and H.W. endorsing Mitt, Sarah is having a pretty good week. :)

yogi41 on November 23, 2010 at 2:16 PM

This is the same Mitt Romney whose continued strategery is to HIDE and hope no one remembers what a moron he is, just how bad he s*cked at being governor, and destroyed his state with RomneyCare?

The loser who wants to HIDE until 2012, and not say anything because he’ll probably change his position a 1000 times anyway?

The one who wants to just pop up in 2012 and scream “It’s my turn, vote for ME!”

Yeah, good luck with that pal!

BTW, using the establishment, RINO, moronic Republican logic, wouldn’t it actually be PALIN’S TURN?

Romney came in THIRD in one of the worst field of losers the Republican Party has ever put together. THIRD! The guy couldn’t even beat Huckabee for God’s sake, let alone McCain.

Palin was the Vice Presidential candidate, and the only bright spot of the most pathetic efforts by a Republican nominee in history.

If anyone has the right to claim “next in line” it’s Palin, not this phony-baloney, incompetent hack. One of the most incompetent governors in the country. Nothing but failure during his tenure. Massive failure.

Mr Financial Genius ran on job creation and Massachusetts was DEAD LAST a year after this poseur took office! Number 47 when he left, and that was partly because of Katrina, and NO JOBS being created in that region!

Mitt Romney plays the jobs card
Commentary: Looking at his record, it’s a losing argument

By Brett Arends, WSJ.com and MarketWatch

BOSTON (MarketWatch) — Is Mitt Romney for real?

Romney, who may well be President Barack Obama’s opponent in 2012, he had great time last week blaming the president for the current jobs shortage.

Speaking to the CPAC right-wing conference in Washington, D.C., Romney said that the dismal employment situation, a year after Obama took office, showed the president was a “failure” who was “going downhill faster than… Lindsey Vonn.”

OK, let’s take him at his word. Then what does that say about Romney?

The Republican contender was the governor of Massachusetts from January 2003 to January 2007. And during that time, according to the U.S. Labor Department, the state ranked 47th in the entire country in jobs growth. Fourth from last.

The only ones that did worse? Ohio, Michigan and Louisiana. In other words, two rustbelt states and another that lost its biggest city to a hurricane.

The Massachusetts jobs growth over that period, a pitiful 0.9%, badly lagged other high-skill, high-wage, knowledge economy states like New York (2.7%), California (4.7%) and North Carolina (7.6%).

The national average: More than 5%.

This was after four years. So far Obama has been in office for just one year. How was Romney’s performance by his first anniversary?

Fiftieth out of fifty.

That’s right. In Romney’s first year in charge, Massachusetts ranked dead last in America in jobs growth.

What makes this worse for Romney is that he actually ran on a jobs platform. Romney — who made his fortune building Bain Capital into one of the biggest venture capital firms in the world — promised the voters of Massachusetts that as governor he’d use his business savvy and connections to bring new jobs to the state.

“I don’t have to wait in the lobby to see middle management,” he pointedly said during one campaign event. It was a shot at his opponent, state politico Shannon O’Brien.

Romney went on: “There’s virtually not a chief executive officer in the country that won’t let me in to sit down with them in their office to pitch Massachusetts. And that is what I’ll do, inside Massachusetts, outside Massachusetts, outside of our country, to encourage businesses to come grow and thrive in the most robust portion of the economy, Massachusetts.”

Net result: 50th out of 50 after one year, 47th after four.

The NUMBER ONE domestic priority is job creation, and Romney has a PROVEN RECORD of total and complete failure in this area. Nothing but massive incompetence.

Anyone who thinks Romney is the answer has asked an incredibly stupid question.

gary4205 on November 23, 2010 at 2:16 PM

if the man behind TARP and years of ballooning deficits doesn’t think much of Palin, that only proves her conservative cred, no?

Why, yes. Yes it does.

SouthernGent on November 23, 2010 at 2:16 PM

I think that may be the plan as it worked so well last time. Huck runnin wingman for McSame siphonig enough votes from Romney to let McCain win the nomination and we all see how well that turned out Noe of the above please.

An electoral victory for the Republican may not be what everyone wants though. A Romney defeat leaves Jeb Bush with a shot at the presidency in 2016 without having to face a Republican incumbent.

sarah is the only one exhibiting the desire and the stones to take on OBlahBlah, the media, the TSA, the death panels, the illegal border hoppers and the Hailbut.

Well if you listen to the video clip, you realize they like Obama and they very much do not like Palin. They also have no problem with most of what Obama has done so Palin taking on Obama’s agenda doesn’t appeal to them at all.

she could beat OBlah Balh no one else has the backbone!

dhunter on November 23, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Given a choice most of the DC crowd would vote for Obama. They don’t want her to win against Obama.

sharrukin on November 23, 2010 at 2:17 PM

This is the same Mitt Romney whose continued strategery is to HIDE and hope no one remembers what a moron he is, just how bad he s*cked at being governor, and destroyed his state with RomneyCare?

The loser who wants to HIDE until 2012, and not say anything because he’ll probably change his position a 1000 times anyway?

The one who wants to just pop up in 2012 and scream “It’s my turn, vote for ME!”

Yeah, good luck with that pal!

BTW, using the establishment, RINO, moronic Republican logic, wouldn’t it actually be PALIN’S TURN?

Romney came in THIRD in one of the worst field of losers the Republican Party has ever put together. THIRD! The guy couldn’t even beat Huckabee for God’s sake, let alone McCain.

Palin was the Vice Presidential candidate, and the only bright spot of the most pathetic efforts by a Republican nominee in history.

If anyone has the right to claim “next in line” it’s Palin, not this phony-baloney, incompetent hack. One of the most incompetent governors in the country. Nothing but failure during his tenure. Massive failure.

gary4205 on November 23, 2010 at 2:17 PM

unseen on November 23, 2010 at 1:55 PM

I agree with about everything of your list of shortcomings of Bush 41 and Bush 43. By respect, conservatives (non-establishment of course) are not a hateful bunch. They can recognize the Bushes’ accomplishments and general decency without making excuses for their failures in policies and for their poor political strategies. Bush 43 is respected by most here, but they will not give him a pass for his spending and the things are your list. For Bush 41 however, his time has long since passed so that his endorsements will have no positive effect for Romney or Jeb. Ironically it is more likely to help Palin and other candidates seeking to be anti-establishment.

mwbri on November 23, 2010 at 2:18 PM

I’m sure the Bushie and Tokyo Rove are pissed at Sarah for almost upending the Murcrookskie DYNASTy there in Alaska. Think about that a sec. Tokyo Rove was pissed taht Miller beat the “DYNASTY” in Alaska! He showed it on Fox the night it happened he was pissed off!

The Tokyo backs Murcrookski, Castle and Mittens?

Piss off RINOs theres a new sheriff in town and hes’ a SHE with teeth and cajones!

dhunter on November 23, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Good. Hopefully more highly respected Republicans speak out and stop the upcoming Palin disaster/spectacle.

therightwinger on November 23, 2010 at 2:18 PM

wouldn’t Poppy Bush’s favorite in 2012 by default become little Jebby?
steebo77 on November 23, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Maybe they figure an eight year cool-down is needed before force-feeding us another Bush. Last time was a squeaker, so they won’t push their luck. 2016.

Feedie on November 23, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Mr Financial Genius ran on job creation and Massachusetts was DEAD LAST a year after this poseur took office! Number 47 when he left, and that was partly because of Katrina, and NO JOBS being created in that region!

Mitt Romney plays the jobs card
Commentary: Looking at his record, it’s a losing argument

The NUMBER ONE domestic priority is job creation, and Romney has a PROVEN RECORD of total and complete failure in this area. Nothing but massive incompetence.

Anyone who thinks Romney is the answer has asked an incredibly stupid question.

gary4205 on November 23, 2010 at 2:19 PM

If anyone is swayed by an endorsement, then I don’t want them voting anyway. Instead of the giant popularity contest, I’d rather see informed voters, even if they are my ideological opposite, deciding the fate of our country’s future.

John Deaux on November 23, 2010 at 2:20 PM

you Palin lemmings would be wetting your pants and slobbering over him and waxing poetic on what a wonderful guy he is. You know it’s true!

JA

You don’t get us “lemmings” (translation: conservatives)and you will never get Palin. It is just beyond your capacity to understand.

Dan Pet on November 23, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Good. Hopefully more highly respected Republicans speak out and stop the upcoming Palin disaster/spectacle.

therightwinger on November 23, 2010 at 2:18 PM

what? #41 isn’t liked very well. Do you forget.. “NO NEW TAXES”? I sure do, and I was a child. He signed a death warrent for Romney… all wrapped in pretty festive paper and bows, just like Romney would like.

upinak on November 23, 2010 at 2:20 PM

How exactly is Bush 41 a RINO? He lowered the deficit, had a sound foreign policy, and was socially conservative. Oh yeah, he nominated Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.

RINO!!!!

therightwinger on November 23, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Mr Financial Genius ran on job creation and Massachusetts was DEAD LAST a year after this poseur took office! Number 47 when he left, and that was partly because of Katrina, and NO JOBS being created in that region!

Mitt Romney plays the jobs card
Commentary: Looking at his record, it’s a losing argument

****For Some reason Hot Air’s filter won’t let me link to the story on what a loser Romney is and how he couldn’t create a job with a gun to his head.

The story is from the WSJ’s Market Watch. Use Bing and search for “Mitt Romney plays the jobs card” and “Market Watch”
The NUMBER ONE domestic priority is job creation, and Romney has a PROVEN RECORD of total and complete failure in this area. Nothing but massive incompetence.

Anyone who thinks Romney is the answer has asked an incredibly stupid question.

gary4205 on November 23, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Looks like a couple more GOP insiders making sure the Republicans throw away their chances in 2012.

katiejane on November 23, 2010 at 2:25 PM

steebo77 on November 23, 2010 at 2:11 PM

I don’t think there is any question that Jeb is the GOP establishment favorite if they can get past the dynasty thing. Granny Bush snipes at Palin and George Sr. administers the kiss of death to Mitt. I can’t believe the GOP primary voters would be stupid enough to even consider him, but he would draw from the center, and amnesty for illegals would be a done deal, so there’s that. The elitists really don’t want this nominationg process to fall outside their control.

a capella on November 23, 2010 at 2:27 PM

I found the tv clip interesting. It seems being pleasant, not critical and decent trumps almost everything. Never mind political philosophy-”the vision thing”-; being nice makes a good President. So what if we are turning into a banana republic with corrupt communist/socialists appointed to every executive office and we have “more czars than a Romanoff wedding”, don’t criticize or question someone’s motives. If you do, you are mean. Utterly childish and disconnected.

This is sad. Really sad. Because it reflects their tenure in the White House perfectly and it doesn’t help the country.

All of us middle class slobs who have been ruined by ‘W’s failure to do anything effective about the housing bubble etc and the Obama ‘economy’ etc need to STFU, sit by and watch the country go down the tubes and be nice, along with conservative candidates who know politics ain’t beanbag. And we are the ones who work to pay for all their Patrician largesse. I did have some respect for Bushes as people before. Not now. They have no compassion for the people that pay the freight in this country and are now suffering unnecessarily.

Shameful.

JimP on November 23, 2010 at 2:29 PM

I don’t see how it helps Jeb in the least. Isn’t he, after all, still a BUSH? And if he were to seek the nomination, wouldn’t Poppy Bush’s favorite in 2012 by default become little Jebby? And wouldn’t that make him radioactive to GOP primary voters?

steebo77 on November 23, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Just for fun, guess who Jeb told John Roberts on CNN who he’d endorse in 2012.

If you guessed Sarah Palin, you’d be right!

gary4205 on November 23, 2010 at 2:29 PM

question: which horse is Tokyo Rove going to back.

exceller on November 23, 2010 at 2:01 PM

If he was smart rove would make common cause with Palin and get some power in her admin. If he continues down this path and she wins they are out of power for years…..

unseen on November 23, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Just for fun, guess who Jeb told John Roberts on CNN who he’d endorse in 2012.

If you guessed Sarah Palin, you’d be right!

gary4205 on November 23, 2010 at 2:29 PM

no he said he would endorse the nominee and if that happened to be gov Palin he would support her. there is a difference.

unseen on November 23, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Why are we fighting over this?

Why even have a primary? Mitt Romney has Ronald Reagans hair.

Just give Mitt what he wants. It’s his turn.

portlandon on November 23, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Read my lips:

No More RINO’s.

iurockhead on November 23, 2010 at 2:32 PM

How exactly is Bush 41 a RINO? He lowered the deficit, had a sound foreign policy, and was socially conservative. Oh yeah, he nominated Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.

RINO!!!!

therightwinger on November 23, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Can you say? New World Order! If that isn’t the ultimate big government love, please tell me what is.

P. Monk on November 23, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Hey guys, sorry about the multiple posts. For some reason the original wasn’t showing up when I reposted.

gary4205 on November 23, 2010 at 2:33 PM

a capella on November 23, 2010 at 2:27 PM

the main reason they like jeb is the dynasty thing. it hard to get past something they consider one of his greatest positives…

unseen on November 23, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Can you say? New World Order! If that isn’t the ultimate big government love, please tell me what is.

P. Monk on November 23, 2010 at 2:33 PM

raised taxes, WTO, MFN for china, NAFTA, open borders…….etc

unseen on November 23, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Interesting possibility: What if this is all an elaborate ruse, designed to divert attention from the fact that a Bush is after the White House in 2012…but not the Bush everyone is talking about?

What if Poppy Bush wants his old job back?

steebo77 on November 23, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Can you say? New World Order! If that isn’t the ultimate big government love, please tell me what is.

P. Monk on November 23, 2010 at 2:33 PM

raised taxes, WTO, MFN for china, NAFTA, open borders…….etc

unseen on November 23, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Exactly!!!!

P. Monk on November 23, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Good. Hopefully more highly respected Republicans speak out and stop the upcoming Palin disaster/spectacle.

therightwinger on November 23, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Yeah, we certainly don’t want a competent leader who believes in the Constitution and the Rule of Law in the White House.

That would put the “respectable Republicans” (RINOs, hacks, Ruling Class elites) completely and totally out of business, and … well …. we certainly can’t have that!

gary4205 on November 23, 2010 at 2:38 PM

How exactly is Bush 41 a RINO? He lowered the deficit, had a sound foreign policy, and was socially conservative. Oh yeah, he nominated Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.

RINO!!!!

therightwinger on November 23, 2010 at 2:23 PM

You forgot to mention that he puked on the Japanese Prime Minister (I think it was the PM). That alone triumps everything you listed. :-)

joejm65 on November 23, 2010 at 2:40 PM

How exactly is Bush 41 a RINO? He lowered the deficit, had a sound foreign policy, and was socially conservative. Oh yeah, he nominated Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.
RINO!!!!
therightwinger on November 23, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Calls for “kinder, gentler America” on first day in office, insulting Reagan and his supporters. Federal land grab in response to “wetlands” hysteria — No Swamp Left Behind. Federal Clean Water Act, Americans with Disabilities Act (expensive business mandates, American lawyer full-employment act). Gun control in response to Stockton Massacre (skank with multiple felonies plea-bargained to misdemeanors). Betrayed “read my lips” screeching with tax increase. Attacked cops involved in Rodney King arrest, leading to double-jeopardy “civil rights” trial. Put David Souter on Supreme Court. Tax increase and regulatory BS causes mild recession. Base angered enough to look to third party. Causes eight years of Clinton.

Feedie on November 23, 2010 at 2:41 PM

“How exactly is Bush 41 a RINO? He lowered the deficit, had a sound foreign policy, and was socially conservative. Oh yeah, he nominated Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.
RINO!!!!
therightwinger on November 23, 2010 at 2:23 PM”

He lied, raised taxes, wanted to establish “a new world order” and expanded government across the board. His foreign policy being sound is a matter of opinion. Not going into Iraq and getting rid of Sadam in ’91 and encouraging the Kurds and Shia’s to revolt against Sadam and then not backing them up were not sound policies, IMO. It’s not bad like Obama’s of course.

He could have been worse, but all in all he was pretty RINOish, IMO.

JimP on November 23, 2010 at 2:42 PM

With all due respect(the thing that everyone prefaces insults with these days!!!),the elder Bushes are out of the loop and in a personal bubble. They need to read more blogs!!!

jeanie on November 23, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Just give Mitt what he wants. It’s his turn.

portlandon on November 23, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Well, that is the way the GOP establishment works. God forbid they would cast a glance at a non-establishment conservative.
If Mitt does end up being the Republican nominee, I will vote for him…if he pays me…cash…no checks. Otherwise, forget it.

Extrafishy on November 23, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Of course Romney is their favorite. He’s a RINO!

MCGIRV on November 23, 2010 at 2:46 PM

no he said he would endorse the nominee and if that happened to be gov Palin he would support her. there is a difference.

unseen on November 23, 2010 at 2:31 PM

In RINOland, that’s as good as it gets. He could have pulled a Rove.

I just loved it because of the look on Robert’s face. He was HOPING Jeb would pull a Rove!

You know, Jeb was a good Governor, much like W was here in Texas. I think both are good people, personally.

The problem is they are “compassionate conservatives.” In other words, LIBERALS.

Neither one could do a heck of a lot of damage to the world as Governors, but as George proved, they can do a lot of damage in Washington.

W did some good things, and he was ABSOLUTELY the right man to have in office when 9/11 happened. But his domestic policy was a disaster. Couple that with the RINO majority Congress and we ended up with a guy in office who Lenin would call up and tell him “you’re going a little to far!”

The Bushes, W and Jeb are two people I can like, but I never want to see their sort in office again.

Their sort includes, but is not limited to, Romney, Huckabee, Daniels, Thune, Newt, Christie, and so on.

gary4205 on November 23, 2010 at 2:48 PM

How exactly is Bush 41 a RINO? therightwinger on November 23, 2010 at 2:23 PM

In case you slept through it, he raised taxes after promising not to, and sent the economy into a recession.

james23 on November 23, 2010 at 2:51 PM

An endorsement from Bush!!!!! Is that a curse?

antisocial on November 23, 2010 at 2:52 PM

I question the timing. Since Obama’s inauguration, we didn’t hear a peep out of either W or his Dad about politics, only working with Bill Clinton to help the earthquake victims in Haiti. Suddenly, after the midterms, where Republicans win 62 House seats and 6 Senate seats, W writes a book, and the ’92 has-beens are out of the closet picking winners in 2012.

Have we lost sight of the goal here, people??? John Boehner will soon be Speaker of the House, and he’s got a huge deficit to cut and socialized medicine to repeal, and an international crisis in the Koreas, and can’t we all just work together for now and save the circular firing squad for when Obama is at its center?

Do any of the Bushes remember 2006? We had Jeb Bush passing on an easily winnable Senate race, and Bill Frist resigning from the Senate to prepare Presidential runs, while W blew the budget and bungled Katrina and the Iraq war, and gave Democrats the majority in both houses of Congress. Neither Jeb nor Frist ran for President, we ended up with McCain and TARP and Obama. Dear Elder Bushes, remember ’92! If you demonize Sarah Palin, she will become the next Ross Perot.

Sarah Palin herself doesn’t WANT to become the next Ross Perot. For now, she told Hannity that she will run for President “if no other candidate steps forward who advances [her] ideas”, but she’s willing to be a team player.

Why are we looking at FORMER Governors (Jeb Bush, Pawlenty, Huckabee, Romney, even Palin herself) for Presidential candidates? What about CURRENT Governors (Christie, Jindal, Daniels, Barbour, Perry) doing their jobs NOW?

Let’s EVERYONE keep their powder dry about 2012 for now. The eventual GOP nominee is probably NOT one of the 2008 candidates, and he/she will need to unite the party and Independent voters to beat Obama, and the best way to do that is to work together with the House majority on “change WE can believe in” in 2011, and worry about 2012 in…2012.

Steve Z on November 23, 2010 at 2:53 PM

There’s no way an energized base will nominate a 10-time shape-shifting dissembler like Romney. He’ll have a better chance as a write-in. Keep yapping, pappy. I’d rather have Schumuckabee than a real schumuck.

Western_Civ on November 23, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Reagan got it right when he called Bush “A preppy, a Yalie, a sissy.” So it only makes sense that one sissy would support another sissy.

I’ll go with Palin, she is the only non-sissy in the whole GOP bunch. And right now we need strength in our next leader.

Done That on November 23, 2010 at 2:54 PM

It seems being pleasant, not critical and decent trumps almost everything. Never mind political philosophy-”the vision thing”-; being nice makes a good President. So what if we are turning into a banana republic
JimP on November 23, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Some people can’t get past the “nice” thing, especially after Clinton. Truth is the Bushies are the enablers and pavers of the road to leftist hell.

The Bush dynasty was always liberal, seeing government growth as a projection of their personal benevolence.

Feedie on November 23, 2010 at 3:01 PM

I think I would vote for Rudy before Mitt

ConservativePartyNow on November 23, 2010 at 3:01 PM

I think I would vote for Rudy before Mitt

ConservativePartyNow on November 23, 2010 at 3:01 PM

or huckabee.

BTW, nice weather we are having.

upinak on November 23, 2010 at 3:05 PM

It is a big idea: a new world order.

Romney wasn’t getting my vote anyway. Now it’s merely guaranteed.

MadisonConservative on November 23, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Of course they don’t like Palin. They have a dynasty to protect, and no one threatens the status quo more than Sarah.

The 3 things that stood out in this clip:
1) They have NO IDEA what the tea party movement is all about.
2) They think Obama is a swell guy; they couldn’t stop drooling over him.
3) They like Mitt.

bitsy on November 23, 2010 at 3:11 PM

I don’t see how it helps Jeb in the least. Isn’t he, after all, still a BUSH?

Yes, but he has a Mexican wife, which is helpful in the age of identity politics, and he is considered the “smart” Bush.

And if he were to seek the nomination, wouldn’t Poppy Bush’s favorite in 2012 by default become little Jebby? And wouldn’t that make him radioactive to GOP primary voters?

No, you’re expected to endorse your own son. If 41 didn’t, that would make Jeb radioactive.

Emperor Norton on November 23, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Let’s just spread that Romneycare around and couple it with Obamacare

Bring on that New World Order

Kini on November 23, 2010 at 3:16 PM

So what we really have here is a battle between three groups Obsma/Soros’ socialist gang, GOP Elites/Bush democrats and Palin/ deMint conservatives+ We the People. Obviously I’m in the last group and we’re going to crush the other two groups.

Barbara Bush showed herself to be classless by insulting Palin and if she thinks this country is going to stomach another Bush she is sadly mistaken. The Bushes can also push Romney all they want… He ain’t ever gonna be POTUS either. Our next POTUS will be a small gov’t, debt reducing, pro military patriotic American.

The Bushes just need to go away already. I still have to finish Decision Points but I kind of regret buying it now.

CCRWM on November 23, 2010 at 3:25 PM

That picture up top?

Did someone leave the door open to the Dementia Ward and those two snuck out and ended up on The Communist News Network?
Please someone put em back in!

dhunter on November 23, 2010 at 3:27 PM

“Stay out da Bushes… Stay out da Bushes…”

Akzed on November 23, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Mittens, Palin and Huck?

THis is this gruel this party dishes out?

Wow. Welcome President Obama in 2012.

rickyricardo on November 23, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Why do we need nominee advice from this tax-raising, promise-breaking, sucker-for-every-liberal-idea RINO???

Is the objective to LOSE in 2012???

landlines on November 23, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Wow. Welcome President Obama in 2012.

rickyricardo

Head back to Cuba, Ricky, we don’t need your snark here. Who is your stellar choice for 2012? Come on now, don’t keep it a secret. Share your wisdom. Or as usual are you going to just critize?

Dan Pet on November 23, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Bobby Jindal (who almost certainly isn’t running).

Of course he’s denying, but every politician denies.
Why else would you say that, Allah?

itsnotaboutme on November 23, 2010 at 3:37 PM

It’s so funny to see the drama queen supporters hyperventilating over the slightest imagined slight…lol. What a bunch of losers.

Chudi on November 23, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Barbara Bush has always been a nasty piece of work. If she’d said she supported Palin, I’d have to reconsider my good opinion of Palin.

AZCoyote on November 23, 2010 at 3:39 PM

What a bunch of losers.

Chudi on November 23, 2010 at 3:38 PM

How is that vote you casted for Obama doing?

upinak on November 23, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Like the Daleks… Babs, George “41″ and other Republican elites are a powerful race bent on universal conquest and domination, utterly without pity, compassion or remorse and with a strong desire to purge the Universe of Sarah Palin. :)

Fallon on November 23, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Nice, Barbara.
Slam Sarah, then boast that you’re the kind of person who respects others’ views.
Nice.

itsnotaboutme on November 23, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Too bad for the beltway boys — we have those pesky primary thingies. WE decide.

littleguy on November 23, 2010 at 3:49 PM

What is a David Frum?
blatantblue on November 23, 2010 at 1:26 PM

He’s Allahpundit without a bag over his head.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on November 23, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Hah !! Good one, Doc.

Hey Doc, I got this problem …… every time I drink coffee I get this awful pain in my eye ….. What’s the problem ??

Jerome Horwitz on November 23, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Chudi on November 23, 2010 at 3:38 PM

You’re such a drama queen, Chudi.

alwaysfiredup on November 23, 2010 at 4:07 PM

I liked GHWB and the missus better when they were quietly enjoying their retirement. Wish they would go back to it and take Jimmah and his missus with them.

Kissmygrits on November 23, 2010 at 4:10 PM

This is just what we need a one term former failed POTUS tellin us who to pick to run against the Half Black, Jugeared, American Hating, Marxist FAILURE that he is kinda fond of.

Someone kindly take Ma and Pa kettle back to the Dementia ward and wipe the oatmeal off their chins and fingers!

dhunter on November 23, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Wow! That really changed my mind. Not!

Mirimichi on November 23, 2010 at 4:18 PM

I was tired of this tool in 1981.

“Yes, my boy Mitt, what a reasonable guy.”

In walks Romney. Tall, gleaming smile, prodigious hairline, V-neck cable knit sweater with rowing team letter patch. Old GB 41 puts his arm around those broad shoulders.

“Swell fellow, just love the cut of his jib. We’re all going to have dinner down at the yacht club, talk about that oval office thing, that vision thing. No place for the unschooled, no place for outsiders. Too serious. Serious times we’re facing. Gotta have that background. Gotta know how things work. Gotta know how to get along and go along down there in that capitol. Not talkin’ about compromise our principles, no sir — just know how to talk to those folks down there. Gotta talk the language. Our boy Mitt here, he knows how it works. Been there, seen how it works. It’s his turn to take the helm for the team. Can’t have any impetuous young women from way out there in Alaska. No, sir.”

rrpjr on November 23, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Romney will not go liberal and lose the west. He knows that would happen.

It does appear he is not going to fight as hard for some of the more ignorant areas of the country though.

scotash on November 23, 2010 at 4:22 PM

some of the more ignorant areas of the country

scotash on November 23, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Tell us how you really feel.

alwaysfiredup on November 23, 2010 at 4:23 PM

There’s the kiss of death. I love H.W., he played the end game of the cold war very well, but he has never been a conservative. Goodbye Mitt.

motionview on November 23, 2010 at 4:31 PM

It’s so funny to see the drama queen supporters hyperventilating over the slightest imagined slight…lol. What a bunch of losers.
Chudi on November 23, 2010 at 3:38 PM

That is too simplistic. People are rejecting the Bush family less because of the slight against Sarah Palin and more because the history of betraying conservative principles of governance. The Bushes are Big Government progressives who have co-opted the Republican brand and certain social issues.

Threshing Flora on November 23, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Barbara Bush has always been a nasty piece of work. If she’d said she supported Palin, I’d have to reconsider my good opinion of Palin.

AZCoyote on November 23, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Hee, and I agree. I do not deign to disdain her because of her contempt of Sarah Palin, but because Barbara Bush is just that contemptible of a woman.

Threshing Flora on November 23, 2010 at 4:47 PM

some of the more ignorant areas of the country
scotash on November 23, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Excuse me?

kingsjester on November 23, 2010 at 4:50 PM

It does appear he is not going to fight as hard for some of the more ignorant areas of the country though.

scotash on November 23, 2010 at 4:22 PM

The genius must mean the two coasts!

dhunter on November 23, 2010 at 4:55 PM

It’s so funny to see the drama queen supporters hyperventilating over the slightest imagined slight…lol. What a bunch of losers.
Chudi on November 23, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Are you ccr6′s twin sister livin together there in your moms apartment together and crawlin home from the bars at night after gettin stood up by the over the roaders and under the bridgers?

Or is it Troll school 101 to come on sites where your obviously not in agreemnent or mentally capable of keeping up and calling its commenters losers?

dhunter on November 23, 2010 at 4:59 PM

dhunter on November 23, 2010 at 4:55 PM

It’s that attitude that will cost the Elite in 2012. Look at the 2010 map. You can’t win anything without carrying Dixie and the rest of the Heartland.

kingsjester on November 23, 2010 at 5:00 PM

kingsjester on November 23, 2010 at 5:00 PM

SSHHHH don’t tell em! Tokyo himself might be checkin in , come to think of it maybe he’s Chudi or sucatash, who knows?

dhunter on November 23, 2010 at 5:03 PM

The Establishment is supporting the Establishment candidate Romney.

But the voters will say NO to Romney=Romneycare.

texasconserv on November 23, 2010 at 5:12 PM

BREAKING NEWS………

I just heard her on Hannity’s radio show and I DO NOT THINK SHE IS GOING TO RUN IN 2012.

There is no one on the GOP scene that is committed to do what needs to be done to get it fixed.

WE ARE SCREWED!!!!!
WE ARE SCREWED!!!!!
WE ARE SCREWED!!!!!
WE ARE SCREWED!!!!!
WE ARE SCREWED!!!!!
WE ARE SCREWED!!!!!

PappyD61 on November 23, 2010 at 5:17 PM

I just heard her on Hannity’s radio show and I DO NOT THINK SHE IS GOING TO RUN IN 2012.

PappyD61 on November 23, 2010 at 5:17 PM

What makes you say that?

I honestly think everything is stacked against her and would certainly understand why she wouldn’t, but what did she say to make you think she is bowing out?

sharrukin on November 23, 2010 at 5:22 PM

How exactly is Bush 41 a RINO? He lowered the deficit, had a sound foreign policy, and was socially conservative. Oh yeah, he nominated Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.

RINO!!!!

therightwinger on November 23, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Does raising taxes (after promising not to) and nominating Justice Souter ring a bell?

bw222 on November 23, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Is this the kiss of death or what?

GHWB’s endorsement will be a heavier anchor around Mitt’s neck than RomneyCare in Massachusetts.

molonlabe28 on November 23, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Do I really care what George “voodoo economics” Bush has to say?

He was Reagan’s biggest mistake.

clement on November 23, 2010 at 5:47 PM

If and when Palin signals that she will not run, that may mean that she knows someone that she has confidence in and will endorse has decided to run. The former will likely happen first.

slickwillie2001 on November 23, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Yes, but he has a Mexican wife, which is helpful in the age of identity politics, and he is considered the “smart” Bush.

When it comes to border security and illegal immigration Jeb makes his brother George look like “Sheriff Joe.”

bw222 on November 23, 2010 at 5:56 PM

I can tell you right now that I will never vote for Jeb Bush. I have voted for my last Bush for the rest of my life. The first Bush threw the conservatives under the bus and then Bush the 2nd claimed he was a conservative and acted like a center left President. He over spent and he cost the country big by putting the left wing idiots in charge.
So Barbara can say whatever her little elitist heart wants to, there will not be another left wing Bush in the White House unless he runs under their true banner and runs as a democrat.

pwb on November 23, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Does Allahpundit enjoy tossing chum out to the Palin fanatics, or what?!

anniekc on November 23, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Bobby Jindal probably isn’t running because he has to campaign for reelection in Louisiana all next year. Hard to believe he would get reelected and then immediately turn around and run for POTUS. I think he is way up there on the VP spot. Or maybe Sec. of Energy or Interior in a Palin administration. I like the sound of that.

Dan Pet on November 23, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Does Allahpundit enjoy tossing chum out to the Palin fanatics, or what?!

anniekc on November 23, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Most commenters on HA actually have a favorable view of the Governor.

steebo77 on November 23, 2010 at 6:17 PM

A power-hungry patrician (Romney) who promised to pour billions of federal dollars into the auto industry has credibility on economic issues?

This campaign is going to be nauseating.

flyfisher

Romney is going to do more flip-flopping than an 80lb. halibut that just got BONKED by a former CONSERVATIVE governor of Alaska.

Dan Pet on November 23, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Romney is going to do more flip-flopping than an 80lb. halibut that just got BONKED by a former CONSERVATIVE governor of Alaska.

Dan Pet on November 23, 2010 at 6:18 PM

I think you meant “CONSERVATIVE former governor of Alaska.” Unless Palin recently announced she’s signing on to Team Obama.

steebo77 on November 23, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Thanks, Poppy, for reminding me why I voted for Perot in ’92!
(And I regret it helped Clinton get elected but I just could not force myself to vote for this putz!)

Jenfidel on November 23, 2010 at 7:01 PM

y’know what is gonna be teh awesome? Actually hearing the heads explode when Sarah Palin declines to run and endorses Mitt Romney in 2012. Can’t wait.

drballard on November 23, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Jeb Who?

ronsfi on November 23, 2010 at 7:09 PM

y’know what is gonna be teh awesome? Actually hearing the heads explode when Sarah Palin declines to run and endorses Mitt Romney in 2012. Can’t wait.

drballard on November 23, 2010 at 7:07 PM

This is never going to happen.
And if it does, I’m heading to Canada for good because the country will be lost.

Jenfidel on November 23, 2010 at 7:10 PM

so why won’t it happen? Sarah would never endorse? See you in 6 mo!

drballard on November 23, 2010 at 7:12 PM

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