Sending a coded message: Bush 43 skewers Trump without saying a word … George W. Bush just pulled off something rather remarkable. He got himself on the front page of the New York Times as helping to save the Republican Party from Donald Trump without uttering a word. Nice work if you can get it. – Howard Kurtz/Fox
So George Bush is “saving” the GOP from Donald Trump.
Too bad someone couldn’t save the GOP and America from George Bush.
For some reason, Howard Kurtz seems to believe that Bush did something clever in positioning himself to attack Trump.
Kurtz is a liberal journalist. He finds Bush’s approach to Trump “remarkable.”
That’s probably because he doesn’t like Trump very much.
Here’s a bit of Kurtz’s bio:
Howard Kurtz currently serves as host of Fox News Channel’s (FNC) “MediaBuzz.” … Kurtz, a veteran journalist and renowned media reporter, had been the host of CNN’s weekly media criticism program, “Reliable Sources,” since 1998.
He had also served as the Washington, D.C. bureau chief for The Daily Beast and Newsweek writing on the intersection of politics and media. Prior to that role, Kurtz spent 29 years at The Washington Post in various capacities.
Kurtz quotes from the New York Times article to explain some of the disagreements that Bush has with Trump.
The former president is “deeply bothered” by Trump’s “derogatory remarks about Muslims and immigrants.”
Also, Bush is concerned about holding on to Congressional power in order to provide a “check and balance” on the White House,
(It’s fairly obvious whom Bush wishes to “check.”)
Anyway, why is Bush bothered about Trump’s anti-Islamic messages? Bush spent much of both terms killing and wounding millions of Muslims in the Middle East.
US depleted uranium weapons irradiated Iraq so terribly that women in various regions were told by doctors not to bear children.
As for immigrants, it’s true that Bush tried to turn tens of millions of Mexican illegals into Americans with the stroke of a pen.
But the plan backfired amidst resentment and resistance.
In fact, it was a globalist trick. It had nothing to do with “caring” about immigrants and everything to do with destroying the remnants of “these united States” put in place by the Founding Fathers.
Bush is concerned about “checks and balances.” But when Bush was in power and commanded the House and Senate, he started vicious wars, debauched the dollar and created new federal programs that were as vast as they were ruinous.
Bush’s compassionate conservatism was a ruse. He was neither.
He further expanded fedgov’s embrace of authoritarianism.
His social spending helped bankrupt the country.
None of this is in the least admirable. Good for Trump for providing an alternative.
Here’s Kurt’s conclusion:
You have to admire the way Bush has resisted the temptation to criticize his successor for almost eight years, sticking to his vow to retreat from public life. Now the only way for this tough-talking Texan to skewer his potential successor is through coded messages.
Again, we depart from Kurtz’s view.
Bush retreated from public life because by the end of his regime, he had seriously angered tens of millions of Americans.
He cultivated America’s decline into fascism and corporatism – and did so while pretending these were somehow “conservative” values.
Conclusion: One of the reasons Trump has resonated with the GOP, and parts of the larger electorate, is because despite confusion on various policy matters, he comes across as someone who values the freedom and opportunity that America once stood for. This is in fact a characteristic that could send him to the White House, especially if he runs against Hillary who is a female facsimile of Bush – and hated by many for much the same reasons.