The answer was yes. They explained that they had strongly supported Ronald Reagan, and then they supported George H.W. Bush because they had supported Reagan, and then supported George...
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"But the question .. is whether the enormous legacy advantage that George W. Bush enjoyed will still be there." York presumes Bush's legacy is to Jeb's advantage. Doesn't York remember W's spending and deficits and bailouts? None of these are popular with conservatives, except perhaps among Republicans working in politics, who see government spending as fattening their pockets. Doesn't York question what Jeb's policies would be? Or does it matter? Is "royal blood" more important to York than someone who can articulate and implement conservative policies? Jeez - When "conservative" pundits start promoting politicians on legacy, looks, or anything but their record and positions, we've lost.
In January 2008, at a John McCain rally in Columbia, S.C., I asked a number of local politicos to look back to the brutal 2000 Republican primary in their state, the one between McCain and George W. Bush. They had all supported Bush back then, and I asked whether, given the inconclusive wars, runaway federal spending and economic catastrophe of the next eight years, they felt they made the right choice.
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