The elite Republican establishment types threw W under the bus believing distancing McCain would win by default by bashing Bush. Same philosophy applied this time. The establishment Republicans blew it both times. George W won twice, establishment Republicans lost twice by scapegoating him. Maybe they need to realize that it wasn't a good idea the first time. What was the definition of insanity? The Republicans should never have abandoned Bush. The elite Republican establishment 'king makers' are rigidly moderate and afraid to defend conservative values because they believe moderation is the Holy Grail to winning elections. They have been proven wrong. They are as rigidly blind as the liberal mainstream media. Bland loses.