Guess who else won’t be going to Tampa

posted at 8:31 am on July 21, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

It seems as if every time I see a headline saying that such and such person will not be attending either the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte or the RNC shindig in Tampa, it’s bad news for somebody. Every prominent name who decides to take a pass on the President’s big party is just another embarrassment to him. On the Republican side, problems flare up if somebody fails to get an invitation to the big dance.

But now we get news of a notable no-show which may actually prove to be a positive story and set a good example for all.

Former President George W. Bush will not attend the Republican convention next month in Tampa, POLITICO has learned.

“President Bush was grateful for the invitation to the Republican National Convention,” Bush spokesman Freddy Ford wrote in an e-mail. “He supports Governor Romney and wants him to succeed. President Bush is confident that Mitt Romney will be a great President. But he’s still enjoying his time off the political stage and respectfully declined the invitation to go to Tampa.”

Asked if the former president had been invited to only attend or whether he was also asked to speak, Ford said the conversation didn’t get that far and the former president declined “before details were discussed.”

The younger Bush is sticking to his original plan, and one which dates back to an old tradition which more presidents might do well to emulate. With his time on the big stage done, he’s retired to a private life, engaging in charitable work and generally staying out of the way of history for the time being. This is an ideal time for former presidents to work on their memoirs to help historians understand and frame their time in office and the actions they took. (Or failed to take.) Also, when Americans have spent eight years looking to you as the leader of the free world, it complicates the job of the next person if you keep hanging around at the party too long. (And this applies no matter whether you feel the new Oval Office occupant is an upgrade or a downgrade.)

Other past presidents have handled this in a variety of ways. Bush’s father also stayed pretty much off the front pages rather than trying to continue the battle with Clinton, though he did show up in support of his son at critical times as one might expect. Reagan never really got in the way Bush 41 and, at least to my observations, seemed genuinely glad to be done with the job and get back to his ranch.

Clinton was quite a bit different, though to his credit he didn’t seem to leap out and get in W’s face very much, at least during the first term. But he also managed to turn the “job” of ex-president into one of the most lucrative positions going with multiple book deals, six figure speaking fees around the country and some very high profile foundations which kept his face on televisions around the world.

Jimmy Carter is possibly the most meddlesome of still living presidents, seeking to be a senior statesman on nearly every issue which comes down the pike. While I personally find that bothersome at times, I will admit that he also got out there and did some helpful work as well, such as Habitat for Humanity and other non-government community projects.

Bush 43 seems to be handling is place in the world in a way that I can only describe as admirable. It makes me wonder what our current President will do with his legacy once he packs his bags and heads for the private sector. Will his ego cause him to to keep circling the limelight, or will he too go back to Chicago and lead a private life?


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A good man.

ted c on July 21, 2012 at 8:35 AM

President Bush always comports himself with dignity.

vityas on July 21, 2012 at 8:36 AM

once we voted Jimmah out of office (er, when my parents voted him out), we just wanted him to go away. He didn’t and that’s annoying.

GDub is handling himself in his post presidential time akin to how G Washington did–with grace, respect, bearing and a desire to get back to the things that are important to him after years of heavy lifting.

good for him.

ted c on July 21, 2012 at 8:38 AM

The mantle of faux conservatism has been passed to Willy McDole!

Three Cheers!

HondaV65 on July 21, 2012 at 8:39 AM

I thought Ed told us invitations had not gone out yet….

idesign on July 21, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Jazz Shaw: “It makes me wonder what our current President will do with his legacy once he packs his bags and heads for the private sector.”

He will expand his former role as a community agitator to that of national agitator. –> Carter x 10

Dasher on July 21, 2012 at 8:44 AM

While W treated the office with 1000 times more respect than the Kenyan (Barry’s own words on his literary promo), we don’t need a pro illegal alien, big government, big spending RINO at the convention.

It’s good he’s stay home. Reynaldus Magnus is THE only former president worthy of attending.

Robert Jensen on July 21, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Reagan never really got in the way Bush 41 and, at least to my observations, seemed genuinely glad to be done with the job and get back to his ranch.

maybe the BLM should start bequething a few acres of ranch land to congressmen and senators as a means to convince them to get the hell out of DC when their time is done.

ted c on July 21, 2012 at 8:47 AM

The Northeast Republican National Convention. Invitations went out regionally./

kingsjester on July 21, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Both of the Bushes were examples of the very best in America. In 1992, Bush41 got hit with what was at the time the worst, and did not quite know how to handle it.

Bush43 was the subject of the most virulent, sustained attack in the past 50 years. He did handle it, but with his reputation with the public in tatters. They don’t know quite why, but they know they should hate him. The few reasons they do recall are usually not true. History will repair that, but sadly not any time soon.

I expect that should there be a new president election in November the incumbent will go back to being a community organizer. It will not be a quiet retirement, and perhaps Godfather Clinton may need to take him aside for a pleasant chat.

TREGONSEE on July 21, 2012 at 8:49 AM

It makes me wonder what our current President will do with his legacy once he packs his bags and heads for the private sector. Will his ego cause him to to keep circling the limelight, or will he too go back to Chicago and lead a private life?

Come on. You’re joking, right? Mr. Community Organizer agitator has just got to community organize agitate.

Rational Thought on July 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Bush continues to display dignity. In other news, the dog-eater…

will expand his former role as a community agitator to that of national international agitator. –> Carter x 10911

Dasher on July 21, 2012 at 8:44 AM

FIFY

CorporatePiggy on July 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Republican presidents: retire into the sunset with dignity
Democrat presidents: after retirement think they’re still president and engage in armchair politicking

Stoic Patriot on July 21, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Will his ego cause him to to keep circling the limelight, or will he too go back to Chicago and lead a private life?

It’s going to be ugly, just like his presidency.

AUINSC on July 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Bush continues to display dignity. In other news, the dog-eater…

will expand his former role as a community agitator to that of national international agitator. –> Carter x 10911

Dasher on July 21, 2012 at 8:44 AM

FIFY

CorporatePiggy on July 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM

I stand corrected ;-)

Dasher on July 21, 2012 at 8:58 AM

The mantle of faux conservatism has been passed to Willy McDole!

Three Cheers!

HondaV65 on July 21, 2012 at 8:39 AM

If you think of Bush and Romney as “faux conservatives”, maybe you need to reconsider what you are labeling yourself. Why not just let them have “conservative” and call yourself a libertarian?

Count to 10 on July 21, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Will his ego cause him to to keep circling the limelight, or will he too go back to Chicago and lead a private life?

By all means: let’s find out in January 2013.

If that means I have to hold my nose and vote for Romney, whom I do not trust any further than I can toss an elephant with my bare hands, well I guess I’ll be buying a clothes pin. I hope the Republic finds a statesman soon thereafter, though, or it’s truly time to stick a fork in it.

bobcalco on July 21, 2012 at 9:07 AM

I may not agree with W on everything, but you have to admit he has a lot of class, unlike the current occupant of the WH who will strut around like a peacock after his term is over. I can only pray his strutting will begin in November.

Mini-14 on July 21, 2012 at 9:09 AM

I am undecided whether Mr. Bush is correct in staying out of the election, and politics in general. On the one hand, I understand his desire not to get the discussion of whatever political topic muddled by interjecting his own thoughts on the matter. His opining would most likely cause the discussion to change from what the topic actually is and make it all about Bush. On the other hand, if he also believes that this election is vitally important, then he must get involved in some way. He cannot insulate himself from the future of the country if everything is at stake. Thus I am torn.

Weebork on July 21, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Will his ego cause him to to keep circling the limelight, or will he too go back to Chicago and lead a private life?

Alex, I will take “Most Ridiculous Questions of 2012″ for $400..

hillsoftx on July 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Why not just let them have “conservative” and call yourself a libertarian?

Count to 10 on July 21, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Or just an azzhat.

katy the mean old lady on July 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM

As the worlds largest mass murderer and liar(see WMD’s),the cause of EVERYTHING wrong in the entire world (see Obama & MSM).Bush should be tried in the World Court along with Sarah Palin and both should never be let out of their cells to attend any political function.

Inthemiddle on July21,2012 at 9:15

docflash on July 21, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Why not just let them have “conservative” and call yourself a libertarian?

Because “Libertarians” don’t get much past 1% of the vote, whilst “Conservative” is ~40% of the electorate; so libertarians want to ride the conservative horse…just like the Ronulans claiming RON PAUL started the TEA Party Movement.

JFKY on July 21, 2012 at 9:17 AM

you know how when you are reading a story. and your eyes are kind of looking ahead, seeing all the words in a sentence at once as you process it. so as you read to yourself you are kind of anticipating what the end of a sentence will be for example as you are in the middle of it. as i was reading i expected “loathesome”, and got “meddlesome”. kind of surprised me there.

t8stlikchkn on July 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM

http://www.capitolcolumn.com/news/former-president-george-w-bush-declines-invitation-to-republican-convention/

George W. Bush declines invitation to Republican convention

Read more: http://www.capitolcolumn.com/news/former-president-george-w-bush-declines-invitation-to-republican-convention/#ixzz21GNUPLaY

Now Reince Priebus and Ed Morrissey needs to apologize for their lie that there were no invitations sent out.

And HA , stop pushing the establishment propaganda.

the_nile on July 21, 2012 at 9:27 AM

the_nile on July 21, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Yep. This blows wide open what Priebus said.

kingsjester on July 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM

If that means I have to hold my nose and vote for Romney, whom I do not trust

bobcalco on July 21, 2012 at 9:07 AM

.
It’s early, so I will be kind,
But if you are looking for trust in a Politician, any politician, – well, let’s just say you don’t understand the fundamentals of politics.

Hope I didn’t spoil it for you.

FlaMurph on July 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM

FlaMurph on July 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM

That whole ethics thingy sure does get in the way, doesn’t it?/ Sheesh.

kingsjester on July 21, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Hold on there….

And so, to your question now, there is no program set by us or the Romney team. So most of these things you hear — although these are great people you’re referring to — all these things are just rumors. I mean, there’s just no truth to the fact that people are getting phone calls and being invited to speak right now, because the program isn’t set. So, when you guys hear things like that, you can generally assume that it’s just talk, and there still is time for –

Bush was invited to go, not to speak. Don’t jump to call folks liars without researching.

TX_HCG on July 21, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Bush is a class act – he always was – he has handled his post-presidency quite well. Clinton, Carter, and the soon to be (trash) canned obama, could learn a lot from W – if they would shut their anti-American mouths for just one minute (I know, I know – there is no hope, and there will be no change).

Pork-Chop on July 21, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Will his ego cause him to to keep circling the limelight, or will he too go back to Chicago and lead a private life?

Oh, I think we all know the answer to that, Jazz.

flipflop on July 21, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Will Bloomberg be going to Tampa?

Viator on July 21, 2012 at 9:42 AM

If you believe that those who are going to speak in Tampa have not been contacted yet, I have 2 bridges over the Mississippi River at Memphis to sell you.

kingsjester on July 21, 2012 at 9:44 AM

It makes me wonder what our current President will do with his legacy once he packs his bags and heads for the private sector.

Barry will spend most of his time as he does now, playing golf on exclusive and expensive golf courses all over the world. In between golf dates, he’ll hire some anonymous scribe to write his next auto-hagiography for him, for which Barry will receive an 8-figure advance from some gullible star-struck publisher who will never make it up in book sales.

Barry will also hire some other peons to draw up the plans for his presidential library, which will likely be an extravagant and embarrassing homage to his monumental ego. He’ll also hire someone to draw up plans for his luxurious new digs, probably on some cliff overlooking the ocean in Hawaii, as the Hyde Park house is no longer grand enough for His (and Her) Majesty.

Once those chores have been attended to, Barry will make occasional forays onto the lecture circuit where, for a 6-figure fee, he will pontificate about how President Romney is destroying the nation, and how things would be so much better for everyone if only those raaaaacist bitter clingers had not prematurely ended his “historic” and “transformative” presidency in 2012.

AZCoyote on July 21, 2012 at 9:44 AM

I suspect there is more to this story than meets the eye!

That said, I think Bush is a class act even though I disagreed with some of his policy.

Since Romney and his Mittbotts along with the rest of the
rino repubs have little or no class, I can understand why
Bush doesn’t want to associate with them. This convention
is going to be a big DUD.

I have never been a proponent of a third party, however,
after this election, as soon as the day after, I hope a new
conservative party appears backed by some “daddy Warbucks”
support from Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson among others.
I know that I would contribute.

Amjean on July 21, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Best news I’ve heard. Wished he’d leave the country since he thinks the welfare/regulatory state is compassionate, every bit as much as Obama. He should feel right at home in France.

rickv404 on July 21, 2012 at 9:46 AM

It makes me wonder what our current President will do with his legacy once he packs his bags and heads for the private sector. Will his ego cause him to to keep circling the limelight, or will he too go back to Chicago and lead a private life?

It is my most profound hope that once Barry, Moochelle and the whole commie cabal are booted from our White House the true depth and breadth of his anti-American corruption becomes known far and wide.

May they never know a moments peace or comfort for the rest of their miserable lives.

Naturally Curly on July 21, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Jazz Shaw: “It makes me wonder what our current President will do with his legacy once he packs his bags and heads for the private sector.”

“his legacy”

LOL

Key West Reader on July 21, 2012 at 9:49 AM

I will admit that he [Carter] also got out there and did some helpful work as well, such as Habitat for Humanity

I read somewhere that every HfH house that Carter worked on was falling down within a few years. This isn’t necessarily a dig on Carter, but on the whole program — quality isn’t necessary when doing charity building.

RoadRunner on July 21, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Naturally Curly on July 21, 2012 at 9:48 AM

+1,000,000

kingsjester on July 21, 2012 at 9:49 AM

RoadRunner on July 21, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Unfortunately, a lot of times, they put people in the houses that are not responsible enough to keep them up.

kingsjester on July 21, 2012 at 9:51 AM

I am glad he won’t be going. Bush43 could have accomplished so much since the GOP controlled both houses of Congress for six of the eight years of his presidency. Instead, he governed as a “compassionate conservative” teaming with Teddy Kennedy on No Child Left Behind, refusing to secure the border after 9-11 and refusing to veto any of Congress’ wild spending.

Bush43 was strong for six weeks and appointed Alito (although Harriett Miers was his first choice). Other than that, he was a disaster that paved the way for Barack Obama.

It’s time for the GOP to move beyond the Bush dynasty.

bw222 on July 21, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Jimmy Carter is possibly the most meddlesome of still living presidents, seeking to be a senior statesman on nearly every issue which comes down the pike. While I personally find that bothersome at times, I will admit that he also got out there and did some helpful work as well, such as Habitat for Humanity and other non-government community projects.

My in-laws’ upscale military retirement home recently replaced all of the appliances in the apartments, most of them barely used (there is an excellent dining room). Habitat for Humanity refused these appliances since they weren’t NEW.

Stupid waste.

disa on July 21, 2012 at 9:56 AM

If you think of Bush and Romney as “faux conservatives”, maybe you need to reconsider what you are labeling yourself. Why not just let them have “conservative” and call yourself a libertarian?

Count to 10 on July 21, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Why not just call them what they are – RINOs. “I miss him”, “He has class”, “I may not agree with everything he did, but…” – It will be interesting to read such tripe from many of you when Romney takes over and reveals himself as another Bush. Hoover lead to Roosevelt, Bush lead to Obama – We’d better hope Romney doesn’t lead to something as bad, or worse. The country, and the world, won’t withstand it without serious consequences.

rickv404 on July 21, 2012 at 9:56 AM

That whole ethics thingy sure does get in the way, doesn’t it?/ Sheesh.

kingsjester on July 21, 2012 at 9:32 AM

.
Are you serious – or trying to be naive ?

Delay and Newt found out………”Reality is a biatch”

FlaMurph on July 21, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Will his ego cause him to to keep circling the limelight, or will he too go back to Chicago and lead a private life?

He is going to be the next Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton. His piehole won’t shut until they close the lid. He will travel the world slamming the United States. Someone bookmark this

Rio Linda Refugee on July 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM

FlaMurph on July 21, 2012 at 9:59 AM

So you’re opposed to ethics? LOL.

And no, Skippy. I’m waaay from naive. Just an average Christian American Conservative.

kingsjester on July 21, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Former President George W. Bush will not attend the Republican convention next month in Tampa, POLITICO has learned.

in a word: GOOD.

PappyD61 on July 21, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Now Reince Priebus and Ed Morrissey needs to apologize for their lie that there were no invitations sent out.

And HA , stop pushing the establishment propaganda.

the_nile on July 21, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Ed is an Establishment Republican. What passes for a conservative in Minnesota doesn’t in the rest of flyover country. Allah is the last of the Rockefeller Republicans. I won’t even discuss Jazz.

That’s why Erika and Mary Katharine are so welcome. Finally we have some conservative voices at HA.

bw222 on July 21, 2012 at 10:07 AM

I think GWB has had enough and is through with politics. Can’t say I blame him.

But he really ought to at least call out Obama on the lies he keeps telling about his admin.

On the flip side, I’m guessing Peanut Man won’t miss the Democratic convention.

It makes me wonder what our current President will do with his legacy once he packs his bags and heads for the private sector. Will his ego cause him to to keep circling the limelight, or will he too go back to Chicago and lead a private life?

If it weren’t for his inherent laziness I’d guess the former. But his only connection with the “private sector” would be about the same as Jesse Jackson’s and Al Sharpton’s. He could make a fortune giving speeches funded by liberal foundations and by writing books.

If he chooses the latter, “go back to Chicago and lead a private life”, he and Michelle Antoinette will be treated like royalty by the media in Chicago for the rest of their lives.

farsighted on July 21, 2012 at 10:09 AM

He is going to be the next Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton. His piehole won’t shut until they close the lid. He will travel the world slamming the United States. Someone bookmark this

Rio Linda Refugee on July 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM

That would be my bet.

farsighted on July 21, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Well I’m hoping our current pResident is making license plates in a federal prison, along with his bunkie Eric Holder …………:-)

angrymike on July 21, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Will his ego cause him to to keep circling the limelight…

Is water wet? Is the Pope Catholic? Is grass green?

petefrt on July 21, 2012 at 10:13 AM

No need re-energizing the loons the BDS 2.0.

profitsbeard on July 21, 2012 at 10:15 AM

If you think of Bush and Romney as “faux conservatives”, maybe you need to reconsider what you are labeling yourself. Why not just let them have “conservative” and call yourself a libertarian?

Count to 10 on July 21, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Because they’re not. Although Bush’s record is certainly to the right of Romney’s. As long as Romney continues to insist that his MA record is severely conservative, I have no choice but to conclude that he has no idea what conservatism is. In fact, the general nebulous nature of the term “conservative” leads me to more often use the term “statist.” Romney’s record identifies him as a statist. If he said that was the best that he could do in MA, that’d be one thing. But he doesn’t. He says that his record is “severely conservative” and that Romneycare is “fundamentally conservative.” His record and Romneycare indicate that Romney believes in the state as the answer to our problems (despite his inconsistent rhetoric to the contrary). I hear a lot of people argue to me that Obama is conservative too. Should we just let him claim the label too?

besser tot als rot on July 21, 2012 at 10:17 AM

He will travel the world slamming the United States. Someone bookmark this

Rio Linda Refugee on July 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM

In the employ of either the UN or a Soros funded org.

petefrt on July 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM

The younger Bush is sticking to his original plan, and one which dates back to an old tradition which more presidents might do well to emulate. With his time on the big stage done, he’s retired to a private life, engaging in charitable work and generally staying out of the way of history for the time being.

So what kind of ex-President do you think Obama is going to be?

///////sarc ///sarc
/sarc

Seriously, I would forgive him for following what Jazz calls the “Clinton” model of pimping himself out for cash, if only because everyone has to earn a living and it’s not like Obama can do anything.

Sadly, I think Clinton represents an unrealistically optimistic best case scenario for Mr. O, and even Carter’s meddling is probably too classy a model. I have a feeling that, after he takes a short breather, the US is going to have two Presidents whenever a Republican is in office.

HitNRun on July 21, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Because “Libertarians” don’t get much past 1% of the vote, whilst “Conservative” is ~40% of the electorate; so libertarians want to ride the conservative horse…just like the Ronulans claiming RON PAUL started the TEA Party Movement.

JFKY on July 21, 2012 at 9:17 AM

You consider Medicare Part D, NCLB, Romneycare, etc. conservative? I consider them statist, but to each his own, I guess.

besser tot als rot on July 21, 2012 at 10:21 AM

In the employ of either the UN or a Soros funded org.

petefrt on July 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM

He’s already on Soros’ payroll

Rio Linda Refugee on July 21, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Gee, I thought Prince Riebus said no invites had been sent yet?

And didn’t Ed post his commentary that no invites had been sent?

Yet G.W. and G.H.W. Bush both declined invitations THAT THEY RECEIVED FROM THE GOP.

Hmmm, of course this has nothing to do with trying to make Palin look bad…

This is getting old – HotGas.

ChuckTX on July 21, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I have a feeling that, after he takes a short breather, the US is going to have two Presidents whenever a Republican is in office.

HitNRun on July 21, 2012 at 10:21 AM

If you really think that Ogabe will keep his flapping trap shut from the day he is voted out of office you haven’t been paying attention. He will not take a break from denigrating America, it’s traditions and it’s citizenry.

Rio Linda Refugee on July 21, 2012 at 10:29 AM

He is going to be the next Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton. His piehole won’t shut until they close the lid. He will travel the world slamming the United States. Someone bookmark this

Rio Linda Refugee on July 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Yep.

In the employ of either the UN or a Soros funded org.

petefrt on July 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM

He’s already on Soros’ payroll

Rio Linda Refugee on July 21, 2012 at 10:24 AM

This, too. Soros will probably give him a bigger bonus.

PatriotGal2257 on July 21, 2012 at 10:33 AM

ChuckTx must have difficulty with the concept of ‘time’ and be unaware of modern communication methods (email ?). They still use the pony express in your parts of Texas, Chuck?

And, besser rot– read and come to grips with this, before annoying the rest of us with your screed…

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/07/15/heart-ache-the-dream-of-a-ron-paul-presidency-is-smoked/

socalcon on July 21, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Will [Obama's] ego cause him to to keep circling the limelight, or will he too go back to Chicago and lead a private life?

I’ll be surprised if his ex-Presidency isn’t welding the worst aspects of Bill Clinton (minus the womanizing) and Jimmy Carter together.

Jurisprudence on July 21, 2012 at 10:38 AM

W is gettin ready to open his library (Spring 2013)

So I’m glad he’s focused on that.

workingclass artist on July 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Hoover lead to Roosevelt, Bush lead to Obama – We’d better hope Romney doesn’t lead to something as bad, or worse. The country, and the world, won’t withstand it without serious consequences. rickv404 on July 21, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I know it’s confusing for you, but the past tense of lead is led.

Basilsbest on July 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I don’t blame him for not getting into the fray. He served this country, and now he is serving the world through charitable efforts and getting some much needed respite from the chaos. Thank you for your service, President Bush. Best of luck to you in whatever path you choose in your retirement, political or not.

Maybe he’ll get involved in politics in the future by hosting fundraisers or speaking at events.

Philly on July 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I like Bush.I think he was a great Foreign Policy president. But don’t for a second think he and Rove didn’t use the Republican party like a rental car, abusing it to the hilt, and then tossing the keys back to us when they were done.

The Party hasn’t recovered from it yet.

portlandon on July 21, 2012 at 10:44 AM

bw222 on July 21, 2012 at 9:54 AM

You are wrong about how long the R’s controlled both houses of congress during Bush 43′s presidency, see “Jumping” Jim Jefford and Tom Daschle. The senate was controlled by D’s during 43′s first 2 years, so he had 4 years of a R senate and house, and did not have 60 R senate seats at any time, unlike Oblamebush from 2009 to the election of Scott Brown to replace the room temperature Ted Kennedy, the lyin’ of the senate. References, even though it’s Wikipedia, it’s correct. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Jeffords

Mini-14 on July 21, 2012 at 10:52 AM

If you believe that those who are going to speak in Tampa have not been contacted yet, I have 2 bridges over the Mississippi River at Memphis to sell you.

kingsjester on July 21, 2012 at 9:44 AM

The RNC/GOP Elites saw how toxic Obama was to conservatives and so jumped at the chance to install the most liberal “Republican” they could. Okay they got us but after faithfully contributing to the RNC and candidates for years they haven’t and aren’t getting a penny from me or my husband. I hope no TEA Partier or conservative is donating to that fraud of an organization.

Their convention will be low rated…just wait and see… who do they think is a superstar with draw power? Marco Dream Act Rubio?

CCRWM on July 21, 2012 at 10:55 AM

hillsoftx on July 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM

No kidding!

Cindy Munford on July 21, 2012 at 11:01 AM

portlandon on July 21, 2012 at 10:44 AM

He’s probably doing his best work now. Although he did rally us at 9/11.

Cindy Munford on July 21, 2012 at 11:02 AM

A good, honorable, classy man.

gophergirl on July 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

ChuckTX on July 21, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Don’t you think that maybe – just maybe – the first invites that would go out would be to the ex-Presidents. Kind of the classy and right thing to do.

I like Palin but good Lord this conspiracy crap about her and the convention is eye roll worthy.

gophergirl on July 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM

And HA , stop pushing the establishment propaganda.

the_nile on July 21, 2012 at 9:27 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=syV2LkGpQB0

Solaratov on July 21, 2012 at 11:15 AM

God bless his support for innocent life- a character essential for any leader who intends to improve, rather than destroy, America.

Don L on July 21, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I like Palin but good Lord this conspiracy crap about her and the convention is eye roll worthy.

gophergirl on July 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Will she be speaking?

idesign on July 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Gee, I thought Prince Riebus said no invites had been sent yet?

And didn’t Ed post his commentary that no invites had been sent?

Yet G.W. and G.H.W. Bush both declined invitations THAT THEY RECEIVED FROM THE GOP.

Hmmm, of course this has nothing to do with trying to make Palin look bad…

This is getting old – HotGas.

[ChuckTX on July 21, 2012 at 10:26 AM]

No, Priebus said no invites (to speak) have been sent. Ed was commenting to that point as well. This story corroborates this as the invite didn’t include anything about giving a speech.

I don’t know the standing rules and bylaws, but I doubt that the RNC is the only committee that is allowed to invite people. I’d not be surprised that each state committee has an allotment of ‘invites’ to distribute as they please to cover those members of the Party in their state which aren’t by ‘right’ attending the Convention and that allotment might even be on a daily basis.

This story doesn’t even say who invited Bush. It might just as well have been the Texas Republican Party Committee, not the RNC. It also does not say the invite was offered before or after Ed and Reince spoke on the subject.

You’re looking foolish riding your HotGas hobbyhorse.

Dusty on July 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

rickv404 on July 21, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.

We’d be so-o-o-o much better off if we’d just listen to you enlightened constitutionalists and elect ronpaul or gary whats-his-face. Until we do, though, we “deserve a second d’ohbama term”.

Lighten up, Francis.

Solaratov on July 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Will [Obama's] ego cause him to to keep circling the limelight, or will he too go back to Chicago and lead a private life?

Yes to the first and no to the second.

I’m wondering if there’s an open slot at St. Helena these days.

trigon on July 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Yes, Bush spent too much. Yes, his Mom is coming off as a Kennebunkport snob right now. But when I see that picture of him hugging a soldier on a airplane, and I think about all the times he visited Walter Reed without the TV Cameras…and I remember his presidential actions on 9/11…I thank God that this Anti-American President we have now, was not in power at the time

Thank you for your service, sir. Have a blessed retirement.

kingsjester on July 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

You’re looking foolish riding your HotGas hobbyhorse.

Dusty on July 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Well if you’re so informed on the issue, speaking slot or not, did Palin get an invite?

idesign on July 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I like Palin but good Lord this conspiracy crap about her and the convention is eye roll worthy.

[gophergirl on July 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM]

It’s pretty sad to see so many Palin supporters allowing a mag like Newsweek pull their strings so easily, especially since on any other subject they’d give short shrift to anything that it would report. That’s why I said that it was a mistake for Palin to give Newsweek the courtesy of a reply and her rather flippant response only added to the problem.

Dusty on July 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

NEWS FLASH – JANUARY 22 2013
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Former President Obama announces launch of campaign for President November 2016.

News2Use on July 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Well, it looks like Jeb got an invite….

“Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will be the only Bush family member to attend the convention, according to CNN. The former Florida governor remains one of the Republican Party’s stalwart supporters since leaving office, and is widely seen as a key Romney ally.”

Read more: http://www.capitolcolumn.com/news/former-president-george-w-bush-declines-invitation-to-republican-convention/#ixzz21GvBMM2v

idesign on July 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Will his ego cause him to to keep circling the limelight, or will he too go back to Chicago and lead a private life?

I absolutely dread the Obama “self-generating-afterglow-extravaganza’, which will be a decades-long circus of honking, clattering and blame”.

The effort to expunge reality, change history, and polish the disaster of his presidency is going to make Carter’s ‘tour’ look like small potatoes.

God help us.

heldmyw on July 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Well if you’re so informed on the issue, speaking slot or not, did Palin get an invite?

idesign on July 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

And…? Maybe the invitations are ongoing and of course they would ask a former President first? Can we all give this a break already. When we see the list we’ll know.

Deanna on July 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

It’s pretty sad to see so many Palin supporters allowing a mag like Newsweek pull their strings so easily, especially since on any other subject they’d give short shrift to anything that it would report. That’s why I said that it was a mistake for Palin to give Newsweek the courtesy of a reply and her rather flippant response only added to the problem.

Dusty on July 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Romney goons and establishment turds has been taking shots at Palin since 2008.

Now they’re exposed in yet another lie by claiming that theres no invitations sent out.

What’s sad are turds like you giving cover for the establishment.

the_nile on July 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

bw222 on July 21, 2012 at 9:54 AM

You are correct. It was a tragically wasted historic opportunity for conservative reform during the GWB years.

Still I have to give him credit for sitting this convention out. He’s aware that doing so might cause too much distraction at the convention.

Reggie1971 on July 21, 2012 at 11:52 AM

G.W.Bush — Class Act.

Barry Obama — Class Warfare.

Jimmy Carter — Devoid of class.

Ronald Wilson Reagan — An American Classic.

Bill Clinton — Simply crass.

coldwarrior on July 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Ed is an Establishment Republican. What passes for a conservative in Minnesota doesn’t in the rest of flyover country. Allah is the last of the Rockefeller Republicans. I won’t even discuss Jazz.

bw222 on July 21, 2012 at 10:07 AM

The pig issues a rare LOL at this observation.

CorporatePiggy on July 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Coldwarrior:

Nailed it!

GarandFan on July 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Well, it looks like Jeb got an invite…

idesign on July 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM

This changes things.

If they are open to inviting former governors who no longer hold elected office, who have not run for any political office for years, and who are now private citizens then they ought to invite Palin to speak. I’d wager Palin has been far more influential as a private citizen than Jeb has.

farsighted on July 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Well if you’re so informed on the issue …”

[idesign on July 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM]

Grow up, will ya. You’re writing like a two year-old having a crying fit because your balloon just got popped.

As for whether Palin has gotten an invite or not, I trust that Palin will let it be known when she does get one, and since she hasn’t, I’m pretty sure she hasn’t gotten one yet.

Unless you believe that Palin would conceal receiving an invite to stoke this conspiracy rumor, you could have figured that one out.

Dusty on July 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Obama, the Constitutional scholar, hopes to become a Supreme Court justice. His falsely constructed reputation must be repudiated on 11-6-2012.

exdeadhead on July 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Now they’re exposed in yet another lie by claiming that theres no invitations sent out.

[the_nile on July 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM]

Nothing has been exposed other than that you have a lifetime pass on this hobbyhorse merry-go-round.

Dusty on July 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Hmmm, of course this has nothing to do with trying to make Palin look bad…

No one has to try to make Palin look bad. Her parade float in search of a parade looks bad enough all on it’s own.

Moesart on July 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

It makes me wonder what our current President will do with his legacy once he packs his bags and heads for the private sector.

Gee, I was hoping he would be in jail just like his best Chicago buds.

BetseyRoss on July 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Nothing has been exposed other than that you have a lifetime pass on this hobbyhorse merry-go-round.

Dusty on July 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

So corruption in government and media is a hobbyhorse.

the_nile on July 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM

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