Bush Republicanism Is Dead and Gone

By Pat Buchanan

Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty
Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

USA –  -(Ammoland.com)- “The two living Republican past presidents, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, have no plans to endorse Trump, according to their spokesmen.”

So said the lead story in The Washington Post.

Graceless, yes, but not unexpected. The Bushes have many fine qualities. Losing well, however, is not one of them.

And they have to know, whether they concede it or not, that Trump's triumph is a sweeping repudiation of Bush Republicanism by the same party that nominated them four times for the presidency.

Not only was son and brother, Jeb, humiliated and chased out of the race early, but Trump won his nomination by denouncing as rotten to the core the primary fruits of signature Bush policies.

Twelve million aliens are here illegally, said Trump, because the Bushes failed to secure America's borders.

America has run up $12 trillion in trade deficits and been displaced as the world's first manufacturing power by China, said Trump, because of the lousy trade deals backed by Bush Republicans.

The greatest strategic blunder in U.S. history, said Trump, was the Bush II decision to invade Iraq to disarm it of nonexistent weapons of mass destruction.

The war Bush began, says Trump, produced 5,000 American dead, scores of thousands wounded, trillions of dollars wasted, and a Middle East sunk in civil-sectarian war, chaos and fanaticism.

That is a savage indictment of the Bush legacy. And a Republican electorate, in the largest turnout in primary history, nodded, “Amen to that, brother!

No matter who wins in November, there is no going back for the GOP.

Can anyone think the Republican Party can return to open borders or new free-trade agreements like NAFTA?

Can anyone believe another U.S. Army, like the ones Bush I and Bush II sent into Afghanistan and Iraq, will be mounted up and march to remake another Middle East country in America's image?

Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom are history.

What the Trump campaign revealed, as Republicans and even Democrats moved toward him on trade, immigration and foreign policy, is that Bush Republicanism and neoconservatism not only suffered a decisive defeat, they had a sword run right through them.

They are as dead as emperor-worship in Japan.

Trump won the nomination, he won the argument, and he won the debate. The party is now with Trump — on the issues. For GOP elites, there can be no going back to what the grass roots rejected.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

What does this suggest for Trump himself?

While he ought to keep an open door to those he defeated, the greatest mistake he could make would be to seek the support of the establishment he crushed by compromising on the issues that brought out his crowds and brought him his victories and nomination.

Given Trump's negatives, the Beltway punditocracy is writing him off, warning that Trump either comes to terms with the establishment on the issues, or he is gone for good.

History teaches otherwise.

  • Hubert Humphrey closed a 15-point gap in the Gallup poll on Oct. 1 to reach a 43-43 photo finish with Richard Nixon in 1968.
  • President Gerald Ford was down 33 points to Jimmy Carter in mid-July 1976, but lost by only 2 points on Election Day.
  • In February 1980, Ronald Reagan was 29 points behind Jimmy Carter, whom he would crush 51-41 in a 44-state landslide.
  • Gov. Michael Dukakis left his Atlanta convention 17 points ahead of Vice President George H. W. Bush in 1988. Five weeks later, Labor Day, Bush had an eight-point lead he never lost, and swept 40 states.

What this suggests is extraordinary volatility of the electorate in the modern age. As this year has shown, that has not changed.

How then should Trump proceed?

Unify the party, to the degree he can, by keeping an open door to the defeated and offering a hand in friendship to all who wish to join his ranks, while refusing to compromise the issues that got him where he is. If the Bushes and neocons wish to depart, let them go.

Lest we forget, Congressman John Anderson, who lost to Reagan in the primaries, bolted the party and won 7 percent of the national vote.

Ted Cruz, who won more states and votes than all other Trump rivals put together, should be offered a prime-time speaking slot at Cleveland — in return for endorsing the Trump ticket.

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

As the vice presidential nominee remains the only drama left, Trump should hold off announcing his choice until closer to Cleveland.

For while that decision will leave one person elated, it will leave scores despondent. And the longer Trump delays his announcement, the more that those who see themselves as a future vice president will be praising him, or at least holding off from attacking him.

Ultimately, the Great Unifier upon whom the Republican Party may reliably depend is the nominee of the Democratic Party — Director James Comey and his FBI consenting — Hillary Rodham Clinton.


Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 9 thoughts on “Bush Republicanism Is Dead and Gone

    1. Trump will most likely have the RNC, Hill-o-sh-t and Sanders to fight , but if there is anyone in the world who can do it’s TRUMP. Go getum Donald, we are with you.

    2. People that don’t think Trump will slaughter the bull dyke in the general election are dillusional. The GOP is coming together quick and the bull dyke still can’t shake the 74 year old socialist. I hope Sanders goes to the DNC convention and contests the super delegate crap,raises hell,and then makes a third party run in protest ! Trump could easily whip one or the other, but a third party run by the old fart would make it hilarious and the bull dyke won’t be cackling about it either !

    3. That is a funny video isn’t it. It should be used in the campaign. One thing Trump can not afford to do is to let the Rino’s control what he says or does, like they did with Palin. Just pile on that piece of trash Hill-o-sh-t and her scumbag husband.

    4. Living in N.J., I have watched Trump for years and when he makes up his mind to do something, it gets done, period !
      I believe he will do what he said he is going to do, the wall, deporting illegals, rebuilding our military, getting better trade deals and stop giving our money to countries that hate us. “W” had the money and go ahead on a wall and did almost nothing. Jeb was/is a sorry candidate, he always looked to me like he had to go wee-wee and couldn’t find the bathroom.
      Trump has to continue to speak out about the “RINO’s”, and we have to do everything we can to get rid of the Ryans and that ilk, that has a death grip on our throat and won’t let go. We need not kick in doors like Kerry did in Veitnam to get the illegals, just allow our Police and other law enforcement do their job when they come across one arresthim/her and send them packing. Traffic stops, domestic violence calls what ever. If this is done some will get the hint and self deport. If we let it be known that if we catch you and deport you are not allowed back legally for 10 yrs. but if you leave on your own then you can come back legally the way you are supposed to..

    5. The rise and popularity of Trump came directly from the GOP. They screwed themselves when they screwed the people after taking both the House and Senate and then p333g in the people’s faces.

    6. Enjoyed the article until the last paragraph, where the author sneaked in the photo of HiLIARy unexpectedly. I am not sure how long I blacked out for, but when I woke up I was blind for another twenty minutes. They could at least warn a guy!

    7. Let’s not forget the Medicare expansion and budget busting spending of Bush 43. That, along with the expansion of the government police/surveillance state make me very happy to be done with the “Bush” years. Hillary will be Barry 3.0 on warp drive. Trump? He has already talked about punishing business, which has been done enough in the last 8 years. Get out of my life and out of my pocket!

    8. I totally agree. Mr. Trump must be careful not to compromise any of the campaign pledges he has made. WE, the people who voted for him are wary of the lying, deceitful GOP and other Republican politicians who pledged and then reneged. This will not be tolerated or accepted. Your pledge is your bond and contract with America. As for the Bushes and their ilk — be gone and good riddance. They betrayed President Reagan and his legacy.

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