Strangely absent from last week’s Republican national convention was the presence of George W Bush. He did not attend, and he was not lauded. Indeed, the only mention of the former president was his brother Jeb’s half-apologetic comment “I love my brother”. This is odd: two former Republican ex-presidents- both Bushes- and neither appeared at the convention. Contrast this with the Democratic convention where both Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton will be present. This, in spite of Mr Carter making headlines recently harshly criticizing Mr Obama for his drone strikes and expanded presidential powers.
This is no mystery: the Romney campaign is hoping for a case of national amnesia. They speak as if George Bush never existed, as if the ongoing economic crisis is wholly a creation of Mr Obama’s, as if GOP economic ideas are new and fresh, rather that tried and found grossly wanting. They really don’t want anyone to remember the disaster of the Bush Years.
But behind the scenes, Mr Romney is surrounding himself with veterans of the Bush administration. From, of all places, The Washington Times:
The same can be said for his foreign policy team, where Mr. Romney boasts a number of faces from the Bush old guard, including former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Today, they are the former Massachusetts governor’s go-to guys on counterterrorism.
Mr. Romney’s corps of advisers, in fact, is heavily salted with figures who surrounded the 43rd president as he watched over massive increases in federal spending, the creation of more government programs and the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the nation-building efforts that followed.”
Read more: Romney’s team starts to look like Bush’s – Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/may/10/romneys-team-starts-to-look-like-bushs/#ixzz25bIdxRtW
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