5/5/16, "Bush Republicanism Is Dead and Gone," Patrick J. Buchanan
"“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
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
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. 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. As the vice presidential nominee remains the only drama left, Trump
should hold off announcing his choice until closer to Cleveland....
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."
Added: In Jan. 2014, Rep. Paul Ryan, now House Speaker, on board with Bush Republicanism and Wall St. Journal:
Jan. 31, 2014, "How the GOP Lost Middle America," Patrick J. Buchanan
"Rep. Paul Ryan and the Wall Street Journal are for throwing in the
towel. Legalize them all and start them on the path to citizenship.
A full and final capitulation. Let’s get it over with.
To understand why and how the Republican Party lost Middle America, and faces demographic death, we need to go back to Bush I....
What was wildly wonderful for Corporate America was hell on Middle
America. But the Republican Party had made its choice. It had sold its
soul to the multinationals.
And as it went along with NAFTA, GATT, fast
track and mass immigration, to appease Corporate America, it lost Middle
The party went with the folks who paid for their campaigns, only to lose the folks who had given them their landslides....
If Bush I had built that border fence back in 1992 and declared a
moratorium on legal immigration that fall, as many implored him to do,
the party of the Bushes would not be facing its demise well before