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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The establishment types who think Jeb Bush can get the nomination and win the general election are in denial about reality. Did you not notice this thing called the Tea Party? They mostly rallied around Romney because he was the least unelectable of an unelectable lot. They realized that there was not enough time to have developed a strong bench, so they accepted it. They are not going to accept an unnecessary defeat the next time around. They just won't. They expect a conservative hero to show up and run. You run an establishment candidate, and people are going to have their expectations let down. And you know what happens when people's expectations are let down.
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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