Barbara Bush: Let’s face it, this is the worst campaign ever

posted at 8:57 pm on March 5, 2012 by Allahpundit

Sounds like she means it in a “I can’t believe how mean people are to the RINOs” way whereas I mean it in a “these candidates are terrible beyond my wildest imaginings” way. But let’s not quibble over petty differences. Let’s find common ground.

Worst campaign evah:

The 2012 presidential campaign may have eight months to go, but former first lady Barbara Bush has already given it a bad review.

“I think it’s been the worst campaign I’ve ever seen in my life,” she said Monday at Southern Methodist University during a conference on the influence of the nation’s first ladies. “I hate that people think compromise is a dirty word. It’s not a dirty word,” she said…

On a question about the loss of civility in Washington, Laura Bush recalled seeing bitter cartoons about Abraham Lincoln and diplomatically said, “You see that and you realize it’s just a part of American politics.”

But her mother-in-law disagreed. “I think the rest of the world is looking at us these days and saying, ‘What are you doing?’”

What we’re doing, thanks to the RNC’s decision to use a proportional delegate system this year, is dragging out a campaign in which a lot of people seem to have lost interest. Like J-Pod, I find myself hoping Romney has a big night tomorrow, not because I’m on Team Mitt but because increasingly I’m on Team Grim Reaper:

The GOP primary has become a real-life version of the nightmare scenario in Luis Bunuel’s surreal 1962 film “The Exterminating Angel.” A group of people meet for a dinner party in Mexico City, then finds they can’t leave the dining room — for days and weeks — and turn on each other, commit suicide, offer sacrifices to the gods, etc.

Conservatives have all become like those guests: getting no nourishment from the endless primary, learning nothing new, getting crabby and eating each other alive…

A Romney triumph Tuesday would put enormous pressure on Santorum and Gingrich to surrender to reality and leave the race.

Our chances for blissful escape from the Exterminating Angel are in the hands of Ohioans and Tennesseans. Let us out, dear Buckeyes. Liberate us, glorious Volunteers. Please.

Yeah, if Mitt wins Ohio and Tennessee, that could all but do it. On the other hand, if Santorum upsets him in one or both of those and Gingrich underperforms in Georgia, Newt might finally fall on his sword and end up extending the race for several more months as his supporters flow to Santorum. (Said Santorum of Super Tuesday, “We’re winning. Whether we end up with the most votes or not [in Ohio], we’re winning.”) The thing is, there’s a fair chance that Gingrich will do better tomorrow than Santorum will. He’s set to clean up in Georgia while it’s possible that Santorum will win only in Oklahoma; depending upon how they fare in other states, Newt may emerge with more delegates between the two of them, which means more paralysis on the Not Romney side. Also, BuzzFeed noticed this morning that Santorum’s begun to mention that he and his wife are “spending down their savings” to keep the campaign going even as three of their kids approach college age. If he loses decisively to Mitt in the battleground states tomorrow, he may decide that he simply can’t justify the expense of a long longshot campaign. Advantage: Newt?

If you’re interested in hearing Barbara Bush defend Romney to the hosts of “The Five,” head on over to Mediaite. (ABC wonders: Since when does the Bush family blanch at harshly negative campaigning?) Otherwise, via the Daily Caller, here’s Scarborough jumping aboard Team Reaper as well. Exit question: It’s probably a bad sign that some Republican strategists are gaming out whom they’d rather lose with in November, huh? Oh well. We knew that moment was coming.


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Compromise always means giving in to the left. How much has the left compromised in the last three years?

Not At All!

ConcealedKerry on March 5, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Are you serious? Boehner was at the precipice of a ‘grand bargain’ on entitlement reform after pushing Obama into negotiation and forcing concessions from the White House. What happened? Nothing- because the geniuses in the Tea Party (you know, predominantly under-educated extremists with no serious business experience or major accomplishments in life) forced Boehner, a successful businessman and skilled negotiator, to back out at the last minute. As a result, the GOP left the table with nothing and the country’s problems were pushed further down the road. Meanwhile, Obama left with the impression that negotiation with his adversaries was a waste of time.

This, in a nutshell, is why Barbara “hates” the no-negotiation idiots.

bayam on March 6, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Barbara Bush is a great person. She sent me an autograph letter back when I wrote to her in school! Of course I will always like her for this, but it doesn’t make up for the comments she and Jeb have made about this Presidential nomination process. I’m still waiting for one of the candidates to get mad enough at this crap and tell them GW nearly ruined the party.

Roymunson on March 6, 2012 at 12:36 AM

….because the geniuses in the Tea Party (you know, predominantly under-educated extremists with no serious business experience or major accomplishments in life) forced Boehner, …..
bayam on March 6, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Yeah, those bible huggin’, gun totin gap-toothed morons marched up there and tortured him into submitting to their stupid hick ways.

Why weren’t they arrested then executed for that?

Or better….

0bama should have ordered a nuclear strike to wipe out all of fly-over country so that those bastards can’t ruin a good compromise that would further bankrupt the country.

LegendHasIt on March 6, 2012 at 12:44 AM

those bastards can’t ruin a good compromise that would further bankrupt the country.

LegendHasIt on March 6, 2012 at 12:44 AM

News flash- your’re not a victim and the country doesn’t need your principles to thrive. The budget was balanced by Clinton and a moderate GOP House just over a decade ago- and there was no Tea Party.

Reagan was a master of negotiation and compromise, and the Tea Party learned nothing from him.

bayam on March 6, 2012 at 12:52 AM

News flash- your’re not a victim

You got that right.

But apparently YOU are a victim. Of those stupid tea-party terrorist hicks. Did they chase you down and steal your lollypop?
Give you a wedgie?

country doesn’t need your principles to thrive.

It could thrive a bit with RINO policies. Thrive better with Conservative principles. Not doing so well now with your beloved 0bama crony crapitalist / socialist principles.

budget was balanced by Clinton and a moderate GOP House

You came close with that one. I just had to make a small correction. The squandered ‘peace dividend’ that the great ‘compromiser’ Reagan won and Bush nearly blew helped as well, for a while, but as soon as the Democrats regained power in the house, that went to hell.

Quit pretending to be a moderate. You have been around here too long to convince anyone but the newest of the newbies that you are anything but a leftist.

LegendHasIt on March 6, 2012 at 1:17 AM

With all due respect, ma’am. Shut up and retire.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on March 6, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Was this ridiculous primary schedule Michael Steele’s fault?

scotash on March 6, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Reagan was a master of negotiation and compromise, and the Tea Party learned nothing from him.

bayam on March 6, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Is it the Tea Party’s fault that Obama and the Democrats refuse to produce a budget? ANY budget?

Is it the Tea Party’s fault that politicians on both sides of the aisle refuse to be fiscally responsible?

Is it the Tea Party’s fault that the national debt is now 15.5 TRILLION dollars? Somehow I must have missed that meeting where they were calling for a continuation of the unprecedented levels of spending. Or have they been calling for the opposite all along, and been demonized by Obama and company and called terrorists? I seem to recall things a little differently than you. I seem to recall that it was the latter that happened.

Oh, and BTW, the budget was never actually balanced, except on paper.

JannyMae on March 6, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Oh, I’m pathetic am I? I suppose you think it’s perfectly acceptable to have an entire thread of losers taking shots at an elderly first lady simply for stating her opinion? You didn’t use to be such an ass.

BettyRuth on March 5, 2012 at 11:12 PM

You’re probably not going to get it but I’m going to extend my comment anyway.

I see a couple notorious Mitt Romney supporters making cracks about her appearance too. I saw quite a few people who aren’t Romney shills defending her appearance. But you have the unmitigated audacity after writing the things here that you do about other candidates and their families to plead indignation over lack of civility and assume it was Santorum and Gingrich supporters? Please. Just please.

As far as making fun of someone’s appearance?

You know what would make a superb Saturday Night Live skit?

Buy Danish on January 6, 2012 at 4:32 PM

You know there’s going to be someone in a Calista, helmet head wig tomorrow night.

BettyRuth on January 6, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Did you bust on Danish here? Nope.

You know there’s going to be someone in a Calista, helmet head wig tomorrow night.
BettyRuth on January 6, 2012 at 5:16 PM

I try not to make fun of candidate’s wives, but if they do, and do it well, I’ll probably laugh:)Buy Danish on January 6, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Besides, the first and hardest attacks against Newt were from Ron Paul. It just shows that Newt is a sore jealous loser. Good Luck getting any money from me for one of your worthless future books.

mark cantu on January 4, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Oddly enough, that fact about Ron Paul going after Newt first has been ignored by all the idiots who think Romney “deserves” to be attacked by the old, fat, ugly, white guy.

BettyRuth on January 4, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Here’s civility. Maybe he acts this way because of you?

Piss off platypus

BettyRuth on February 25, 2012 at 12:20 PM

There’s so much more.

hawkdriver on March 5, 2012 at 11:33 PM

BettyRuth, ugly and mean is no way to go thru life. You got schooled!

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on March 6, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Back to Babs. I used to respect her a lot, although I didn’t always agree with her. Now, not so much. Mrs. Bush, your era of influence ended a long time ago. Retire quietly, please.

JannyMae on March 6, 2012 at 1:28 AM

“I hate that people think compromise is a dirty word. It’s not a dirty word,” she said…

It’s a dirty word when it’s only the Republicans who ever compromise. We’re way beyond tired of that “moderate” BS.

If Republicans can’t push for and put Republican and Conservative ideals and policies into place, they are largely useless.

RJL on March 6, 2012 at 1:29 AM

MA Mitt is a self-described progressive who 3 months ago said he wanted to “identify [Democrats] he can work with.”
Politico reports that Mitt has many big money green donors who expect him to flip on global warming. Mitt has already said he wants to control CO2 emissions (June 2011), so it wouldn’t require much of a flip to enact “cost effective” carbon cuts in “collaboration” with the Dems.
His betrayal on O-Care would need no flip. Mitt has said himself that a key will be the “replacement” for O-Care that he offers up. Expect a R-Care / O-Care hybrid as the replacement.

Sometimes it’s not about winning, but about maintaining pride and dignity, and fighting for inherent value. Vote to keep this going! Vote Not Romney.

anotherJoe on March 6, 2012 at 1:35 AM

The squandered ‘peace dividend’ that the great ‘compromiser’ Reagan won and Bush nearly blew helped as well, for a while, but as soon as the Democrats regained power in the house, that went to hell.

When the GOP held complete control of the government from 2000 to 2006, federal spending increased by 40%.

“I hate that people think compromise is a dirty word. It’s not a dirty word,” she said…

It’s a dirty word when it’s only the Republicans who ever compromise. We’re way beyond tired of that “moderate” BS.

If Republicans can’t push for and put Republican and Conservative ideals and policies into place, they are largely useless.

RJL on March 6, 2012 at 1:29 AM

So tell us, what did you accomplish in life by refusing to compromise? You’re living in a fantasy world of victimization if you actually believe that the GOP is the only party to negotiate.

Unfortunately for you, this isn’t Nazi Germany or the USSR. No single group can impose its will on the nation. The founding father’s crafted a democratic system that can only be governed through compromise.

bayam on March 6, 2012 at 1:49 AM

When the GOP held complete control of the government from 2000 to 2006, federal spending increased by 40%.

Gee, Ya think maybe the terrorist attacks and two wars might have had something to do with that?

Ya think that a bunch of RINO big government big spenders might have had something to do with that?

The TEA party rose up just as much because of those big spending RINO compromisers as because of you even bigger spending, behemoth government leftists.

Since Pelosi took over after 2006 the deficit went up 285% in one year, using 2007 as a baseline. In the period of 2007-2012 under the control of Pelosi, 0bama and the RINO compromisers you pretend to like, the deficit has gone up by 824%..

If it wasn’t for the TEA party terrorists that so abused you and the Boehner, that deficit likely would have increased 1000% since the folks you laud took over.

LegendHasIt on March 6, 2012 at 2:19 AM

As Mr. Limbaugh used to say:

Sooey-side.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on March 6, 2012 at 3:51 AM

You know, I totally disagree that we have bad candidates. If Romney is the nominee, we have some one who, let us see, graduated valedictorian of his college class, went to Harvard and got a dual degree MBA and Harvard Law, was a Christian missionary to France, gave away his inheritance to charity, continues to give away a large portion of his money to charity, is a good family man, oh, was a Governor of a state for 4 years, headed the Olympics, and besides all that made well over $250 million dollars being a Capitalist. And we are suppose to fear that Obama is going to top that?

Of course, this is the Age of the Common Man, we don’t like Extraordinary, especially a lot of Hot Air commentators.

mark cantu on March 6, 2012 at 5:30 AM

Bet Barbara Bush never spent $3,000 a year on contraception. She is all the contraception we need.

CoolChange80 on March 6, 2012 at 5:46 AM

More is at stake now, Mrs. Bush. In case you haven’t noticed we have a radical socialist president!

So dummy up, will ya!

Sherman1864 on March 6, 2012 at 6:08 AM

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed just how liberal all of the Bush women are.

logman1 on March 6, 2012 at 6:09 AM

Thanks to your son that set up the polices that led us to going Full Retard with the Chicago Machine. Thanks yourself, Barbara.

MNHawk on March 6, 2012 at 6:19 AM

Sounds like she means it in a “I can’t believe how mean people are to the RINOs” way whereas

AP, you have consistently been the biggest jackazz at H/A and you’re doing the very cause you pretend to care about the biggest disservice of all. Day in and day out you continue to use your microphone to trash Mitt. This ignorant pretense that there is another candidate in the race is an itsy bitsy fig leaf that doesn’t begin to hide your larger than life cajones.

Get your head right, boy. Mitt is our nominee and PBHO is our opposition. Get on board or get lost. Maybe, with the reputation you’ve made for yourself as such a Mitt hater, you can give Charles Johnson a ring?

MJBrutus on March 6, 2012 at 6:21 AM

I’m still waiting for one of the candidates to get mad enough at this crap and tell them GW nearly ruined the party.

Roymunson on March 6, 2012 at 12:36 AM

They’re just pissed because they can’t see a clear path to wedge Jeb in there somewhere. Now they have to wait for the next generation of Bush family weenies to be groomed.

swinia sutki on March 6, 2012 at 6:40 AM

Thanks to your son that set up the polices that led us to going Full Retard with the Chicago Machine. Thanks yourself, Barbara.
MNHawk on March 6, 2012 at 6:19 AM

Excellent!

Sherman1864 on March 6, 2012 at 7:03 AM

MNHawk on March 6, 2012 at 6:19 AM

Excellent!

Sherman1864 on March 6, 2012 at 7:03 AM

John McCain was not a Bush family product by any stretch of the imagination. A better GOP candidate could have beat him. I honestly think Romney had a better chance in 2008 than McCain.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Get your head right, boy. Mitt is our nominee and PBHO is our opposition. Get on board or get lost. Maybe, with the reputation you’ve made for yourself as such a Mitt hater, you can give Charles Johnson a ring?

MJBrutus on March 6, 2012 at 6:21 AM

Sorry, but that Mitt Mutt won’t hunt. Until now he’s gotten away with multi-million dollar smear campaigns but if he is indeed the nominee he’ll be on the receiving end run by experts in that kind of crapola. In a negative campaign he’ll be handicapped by the other side having a full deck of race cards to play with a few jokers to throw in on past Mormon racism. The Republicans, with McCain calling the shots, held back on Wright et al, such restraint will not be exercised by the Chicago central super pac.

What could have been a good year for Republicans is devolving into a catastrophe.

Annar on March 6, 2012 at 7:18 AM

STFU Babs.

WordsMatter on March 6, 2012 at 7:33 AM

All the Bush women are pro unborn baby murder.

Imagine that close to power and instead of influencing for LIFE you spend your time focusing on the Federal government helping your kids learn to read.

Okay for the Feds to teach your kids to read…….but not for the them to protect future readers.

PappyD61 on March 6, 2012 at 7:42 AM

“I hate that people think compromise is a dirty word. It’s not a dirty word,” she said…

Sorry Mrs. Pro-abortion, but they crucified the man that refused to compromise – it is a two edge weapon crafted in Hades and used by Marxists to deceive people into thinking they’re doing good by submiting to evil.

Don L on March 6, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Since Pelosi took over after 2006 the deficit went up 285% in one year, using 2007 as a baseline. In the period of 2007-2012

There you go again, suggesting that it’s a one-party problem. The inevitability of an exploding deficit is the most predictable aspect of a near collapse of the financial system.

The Tea Party hasn’t solved anything and it doesn’t have the intellectual foundation to realize that its goals cannot be achieved by refusing to allow GOP leaders with actual real-world, business experience to negotiate. This nation was founded on the principle of a multi-party democracy ruled by compromise.

bayam on March 6, 2012 at 7:58 AM

I find myself hoping Romney has a big night tomorrow,

Just a few weeks ago you were hoping for a protracted fight & a brokered convention, AP.

itsnotaboutme on March 6, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Face it, this is just another GOP insider voice sent out to sell us on Oromneycare.

Interpreted: We must not confuse his unprincipled flip-flopping with his marvelous ability to call his unprincipled flip-flopping that beautiful sanctifying word–tah dah-compromise.

Don L on March 6, 2012 at 8:04 AM

I still remember when the late Geraldine Ferraro was nominated for VP on the Democratic ticket. It was the first time a woman had ever been chosen for a spot on a national ticket. Instead of congratulating Ferraro on the break-through, Barbara Bush (whose husband was then the Republican VP nominee) went on one of the morning t.v. shows and suggested that Ferraro was a b*tch.

Now Barbara Bush is criticizing others for a lack of civility? That’s rich (rhymes with b*tch . . . wink, wink).

AZCoyote on March 6, 2012 at 8:04 AM

The Tea Party hasn’t solved anything and it doesn’t have the intellectual foundation to realize that its goals cannot be achieved by refusing to allow GOP leaders with actual real-world, business experience to negotiate. This nation was founded on the principle of a multi-party democracy ruled by compromise.

bayam on March 6, 2012 at 7:58 AM

You make it sound like CEOs were our founding fathers. Really now, do you want the chairman of GM to save us, perhaps, Solondra, Yugo?

Don L on March 6, 2012 at 8:06 AM

bayam on March 6, 2012 at 7:58 AM

What compromises?

Increasing the minimum wage?
Extending unemployment insurance?
Raising the Debt Ceiling?
Approving bailouts and stimulus?
Buckling under media pressure and not enacting proposed cuts?

I’m trying to see where compromising with the Democrats has improved the economy recently.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2012 at 8:10 AM

You can’t be serious!

“…he’ll be handicapped by the other side having a full deck of race cards to play with a few jokers to throw in on past Mormon racism.”

Annar on March 6, 2012 at 7:18 AM

Mormonism vs. Rev Wright. Let’s see Obama goes to a church known for its white racism and the Rev proclaims…”GD America!”

I think the Mormons have the upper hand here.

mark cantu on March 6, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Bush produced Obama. Barbara should STFU and enjoy her retirement.

Wade on March 6, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Rick Santorum: “We’re Winning, DUH!”

DailyKos Hopes So!

I’m about to ask you to do something that might sound strange, but hear me out: in order to help President Obama and all Democratic candidates this November, please vote for Rick Santorum in the Tennessee primary on Tuesday, March 6.

If Rick Santorum is able to keep the Tennessee primary close, it will help extend the Republican presidential nomination campaign. That would be very good news for President Obama, Democratic candidates and most importantly, our country. Here’s why:

Less money to attack Democrats: The longer the GOP primary and caucus season continues, the less money Republicans will have to attack President Obama. For example, in January, Mitt Romney spent $32.7 million attacking Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. If Romney is able to wrap up the nomination quickly, he can start using that money to attack President Obama.

Dropping in the polls: As the Republican candidates try and appeal to the tea party and religious fundamentalists, they are turning off the rest of the country. For example, on the day or the Iowa caucus, Mitt Romney trailed President Obama by an average of only 2% in general election polls. However, now he trails by 5%. The more time Republicans have to spend winning over their crazy base, the worse all Republicans will look to the rest of America.

You are invited: Tennessee is a special case where every registered voter is allowed to vote in the Republican primary. You do not have to be a Republican in order to vote.

So please, head to your usual polling place on Tuesday, March 6, and vote for Rick Santorum. It might be painful, but you will be doing both President Obama, the Democratic Party and the entire country a big favor.

Keep fighting,
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Publisher, Daily Kos

mountainaires on March 6, 2012 at 9:23 AM

mountainaires on March 6, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Link?

hawkdriver on March 6, 2012 at 9:25 AM

I don’t care about the caterwauling by the damned RINOs. Next time around, we ought to up the ante by making the primaries play out like a NASCAR championship. Where a consistent 2nd place finisher could win, based on points.

Make it so that ballots have 3 picks: 3 points for the 1st pick, 2 points for the 2nd pick and 1 point for the 3rd pick. Whoever scores the most, takes the State in a winner take all. In proportional States, do the same at the Congressional District or however that State dictates.

This gives an incentive for everyone to stay in for the long haul. Imagine if Perry, Michelle, even TPaw were still in. They could all have some delegates by the time Super Tuesday played out. Heck, even Sarah would more likely have tossed in her name.

This way, the last State to have their primary will have a voice in making or breaking the candidates.

AH_C on March 6, 2012 at 9:40 AM

This nation was founded on the principle of a multi-party democracy ruled by compromise.

bayam on March 6, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Wrong. We’re not a democracy. Get. That. Thru. Your. Head!!!!

This nation was founded on the principle of gridlock. The Senators representing the interests of the State Governor/Legislature putting the brakes on the passionate exuberance of popularly/democratically elected Representatives. Between them, if they couldn’t compromise, then it’s gridlocked. A Republican form of Govt designed to go slow.

AH_C on March 6, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Now Barbara Bush is criticizing others for a lack of civility? That’s rich (rhymes with b*tch . . . wink, wink).

AZCoyote on March 6, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Heh. Bet Rush mentions that today. ;)

AH_C on March 6, 2012 at 9:52 AM

I honestly think Romney had a better chance in 2008 than McCain.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2012 at 7:16 AM

So did I and I voted for FliFlopney back then, but times have changed and moderate compromise rs won’t swing the pendulum back from stuck on far leftard!

Only a conservative with the balls to be just as aggressive as the rats were will unhitch the pendulum from stuck on full out socialism and move it anywhere near back to the center.

Nominating a guy who will tinker with ObamaMittcare and look at cap and trade will leave the country stuck on stupid!

Not to mention the Judges Flipflopney will appoint, surely leftard of Bush!

ConcealedKerry on March 6, 2012 at 10:02 AM

How quickly Barb forgets the 1980 primary. Didn’t her husband bash Reagan for monthss, even coining the phrase “voodoo economics” and calling Reagan “dangerous and a cowboy” in his stance toward the Soviet Union.Of course, this wasbefore accepting the VP nomination from Reagan.

Bevan on March 6, 2012 at 10:08 AM

So did I and I voted for FliFlopney back then, but times have changed and moderate compromise rs won’t swing the pendulum back from stuck on far leftard!

Only a conservative with the balls to be just as aggressive as the rats were will unhitch the pendulum from stuck on full out socialism and move it anywhere near back to the center.

Nominating a guy who will tinker with ObamaMittcare and look at cap and trade will leave the country stuck on stupid!

Not to mention the Judges Flipflopney will appoint, surely leftard of Bush!

ConcealedKerry on March 6, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Couldn’t agree more. This cycle the only way I’ll cast a vote for Romney will be if he has a conservative VP on the ticket. If it is another squish, I’m doing a write-in and focusing on filling the down ticket offices with conservatives.

KickandSwimMom on March 6, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Sorry, but that Mitt Mutt won’t hunt. Until now he’s gotten away with multi-million dollar smear campaigns but if he is indeed the nominee he’ll be on the receiving end run by experts in that kind of crapola. In a negative campaign he’ll be handicapped by the other side having a full deck of race cards to play with a few jokers to throw in on past Mormon racism. The Republicans, with McCain calling the shots, held back on Wright et al, such restraint will not be exercised by the Chicago central super pac.

What could have been a good year for Republicans is devolving into a catastrophe.

Annar on March 6, 2012 at 7:18 AM

X 1000

Mitt cannot sell himself its obvious when going into each state he trails by double digits and only by spending over 10 Million in attack ads vs his latest opponent does he level the playing field and eeck out a victory.
Many posters here have just not yet seen the full fury of the progressive Republican attack machine at work as it is not unleshed until the final days before a primary, I have I was one of the first and to think it will work against Obama and his Presstitutes is insanity.
We need a man who can articulate the conservative vision and contrast it vs Obamas far left policies.
Mitt can’t he don’t have it.
Hang in There Newt…!!!

ConcealedKerry on March 6, 2012 at 10:12 AM

The founding father’s crafted a democratic system that can only be governed through compromise.

bayam on March 6, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Actually, oh great scholar, the founding fathers crafted a representative republic founded upon the rule of law as enumerated in our constitution.

While you seem to love to just make statements out of whole cloth without anything to back them up, the above statement is just as wrong as most of your arguments.

Tennman on March 6, 2012 at 10:13 AM

It will take as long as it takes. But when it is over we need to remember that this is first and foremost about beating Obama. If not we have four more years of Obama’s HHS, NLRB, EPA and DOJ. Thats enough for me, right there. But I’m sure Obama will use the full extent of his office to trample our rights and break our laws no matter who controls congress. He must go. All this negativity from our Republican leaders and their moms…I just don’t see how that helps.

magicbeans on March 6, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Babs looks like an old mattress I have in my garage.

jake-the-goose on March 6, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Former First Lady says something to the nastiness of this primary; her comments result in attacks on her age, looks, intelligence, and moral character. I think she was trolling and got exactly the response she was looking for.

antisense on March 6, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Barbara, we want to remember you as classy.

You know, Barbara, you could have been referring to your husband’s reelection campaign, and as you know, he had no one to run against.

So, pot, please refrain from calling the tea kettle black.

Funny how the two Bushies- Jeb and Barbara- are whining about the campaign. Is this the Sign we have been awaiting- the end of the Bush dynasty?

bumsteaddithers on March 6, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Babs looks like an old mattress I have in my garage.

jake-the-goose on March 6, 2012 at 10:20 AM

A couple of observations:

1. She’s right.
2. She looks like George Washington in a dress.

KeninCT on March 6, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Two things Barbara…First, you will always be my favorite first Lady. That time you broke your arm playing with your grandkids.. classic..You were pure grace while in office.

Second, ALL republican primaries are like this, and with all things said, this one has been pretty mild. I remember Reagan, quite vividly, the entire process. I will say though, I thought the general election season between 43 and Kerry was the worst I have ever seen. It was a nail biter… and suffice to say, as much as I loathe the current occupant of the White House, I hated John Kerry more…….

shar61 on March 6, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I knew there was a reason I liked Laura Bush better than her MIL. Barbara Bush’s idea of civility is why we tend to end up with squishes/RINOs.

katiejane on March 6, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Did the Democrats compromise on Obamacare? Hell no! NO COMPROMISE! My dream utopia would be full GOP majority and POTUS and completely 100% partisan politics, just like Pelosi, Reid and Obama did.

kirkill on March 6, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Bushes go away. We’re done with you.

And I hope this primary goes to the bitter end just to payback any and all who were saying it was over before it even began. But more importantly I want simply to allow the process to play itself out and to give everyone the chance to be heard. Otherwise why do we waste the time and money and the inane rhetoric on this? Even after Super Tuesday we still won’t be halfway through ALL the states so to say it’s over or it should be over now is the same as saying let the party elites choose. Hey media, which way do you want it? And what would you otherwise do with yourselves?

stukinIL4now on March 6, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Once I found out that that Bush woman loves abortion, I was sick of her.

BillCarson on March 6, 2012 at 11:40 AM

How quickly Barb forgets the 1980 primary.

Bevan on March 6, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Barbara Bush has enough trouble remembering her name.

bw222 on March 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Barbara Bush is a nasty old crone who should go back to her kitchen or her nursing home, and knit or play cards…..or whatever old crones do.

As for her beloved LIAR, fellow RINO Mitt……well he was the one who started this primary war by spending millions spreading lies and innuendo against Gingrich in Iowa…..and then spent millions more in Florida.

Romney has NO RECORD to run on and the only way he can win is by being filthy and dirty!

Go home Barbara. Your family has ruined the country enough!

Sparky5253 on March 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Perfect characterization of Barbara Bush:

The crone is a stock character in folklore and fairy tale, an old woman. In some stories, she is disagreeable, malicious, or sinister in manner, often with magical or supernatural associations that can make her either helpful or obstructing. The Crone is also an archetypal figure, a Wise Woman. She is marginalized by her exclusion from the reproductive cycle,[1] and her proximity to death places her in contact with occult wisdom. As a character type, the crone shares characteristics with the hag.

Sparky5253 on March 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM

It has been a nasty campaign but she need look no further than the Romney camp.

Here in Oklahoma today the Dems are worried that Obama might lose as four others are on the ballot and most Dems don’t realize they have a primary.

This primary is much nastier then 1980 which I didn’t think possible and it is because of the Romney Super PAC and the Romney camp’s scorched earth policy. How do they expect anyone from the other camps to join their campaign after the nasty war he has conducted against fellow Republicans? It is like a hostile takeover and most of us will not forget.

In other news, Libertarians with 51,000 signatures will be on the Oklahoma ballot in the general election this fall. How many votes will they get because if they get over 5%, they will have ballot access — I am predicting they will get more than 5% here.

PhiKapMom on March 6, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Funny how the two Bushies- Jeb and Barbara- are whining about the campaign. Is this the Sign we have been awaiting- the end of the Bush dynasty?

bumsteaddithers on March 6, 2012 at 10:38 AM

If God is merciful. He did promise no more great floods. This would be on par with that.

swinia sutki on March 6, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Barbara Bush has been a nasty old crone since she was forced to take a back seat to Nancy Reagan in 1980. After Katrina, she went to the Astrodome and praised all the cots people were forced to sleep on. She said it was better than what they had before (their former homes.)
And she make a large donation to NOLA schools to buy material; but they could only purchase material from a company owned by one of her sons. Such a philanthropist! No wonder, GHWB had a woman on the side for many years.

lonestar1 on March 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

News flash- your’re not a victim and the country doesn’t need your principles to thrive. The budget was balanced by Clinton and a moderate GOP House just over a decade ago- and there was no Tea Party.

bayam on March 6, 2012 at 12:52 AM

News flash – Clinton and a conservative GOP House did not balance the budget. The budget has not been balanced in decades. Congress spent at a deficit every year Clinton was in office. The national debt increased every year Clinton was in office. There was no surplus. The “surplus” projected for years to come (you know, the one Bush squandered) was a myth. You can look all of this up and then having done so, perhaps you won’t parade your ignorance in future.

Love all the vitriol aimed at Barbara Bush. Reflects well.

SukieTawdry on March 6, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Romney would govern similar to President Bush Sr., who was also a moderate., He was elected because he promised to continue Reagan’s policies, which he didn’t and promptly caved to the Democrats and raised taxes. History is getting ready to repeat itself if a moderate like Romney is elected.

lea on March 6, 2012 at 1:01 PM

It could be worse. Your kid or husband could be running.

EddieC on March 6, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Even after Super Tuesday we still won’t be halfway through ALL the states so to say it’s over or it should be over now is the same as saying let the party elites choose. Hey media, which way do you want it? And what would you otherwise do with yourselves?

stukinIL4now on March 6, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Yea, this is just FlipFlopney and the RINO herd tryin to disenfanchise the vote and the voters. Half the states haven’t voted, count every vote cause every vote counts!

No-ones got this thing wrapped up its wide open, take it all the way baby, to the convention!

ConcealedKerry on March 6, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Has there been a single Fox News show in the past 4 months that hasn’t pushed Romney? Or offered him advice? Or spit on other candidates to help him out? Or sinned by omitting to mention the lies from Restore Our Future? Megyn Kelly’s panel? Frank Luntz’s show Sunday? Huck’s forum with the teary question saved for Mitt? Fox has become Chris Matthews.

Fox is so wee wee’d up over Romney that I can only stomach Hannity and Greta. Both of them get totally choked when having to kiss Romney’s butt. What what grat they are getting from the Romney camp?

HA and Drudge are just as bad.

So pathetic when you must forego any morals, values and principles to keep viewers and readers!

Sparky5253 on March 6, 2012 at 3:19 PM

It’s uncanny now much she resembles George Washington.

Buttercup on March 6, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Legend/Tennman, now that’s a ticket I’d get on board wholeheartedly for!

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2012 at 4:16 PM

She looks like the guy from Quaker Oats…

http://www.freakingnews.com/pictures/23500/Barbara-Bush–23648.jpg

dom89031 on March 6, 2012 at 8:16 PM

HotAir used to be one of my favorite places to visit, because it was mostly conservatives. Now the whiney liberals have landed and monopolized.
So much for a happy place without liberals.
Tainted and ruined – thanks to liberals.

pastselldate on March 7, 2012 at 9:20 AM

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