George W. Bush was ranked 21st on the Daily Telegraph‘s list of influential conservatives, way behind leading men Rudy Giuliani, Gen. David Patraeus, Matt Drudge and most every Republican candidate for the 2008 presidency. Here’s why:
In just over three months, Republicans will choose a presidential nominee who will become the de facto leader of the party and, by extension, of US conservatism. In a bid to attract centrist voters, he â whether it be Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, John McCain or Fred Thompson â will rush to distance himself from Bush.
By this time next year, many American conservatives may be asking: “George W. who?”
I can’t say I’d be sorry to have Bush lost in our nation’s history, even if we are dealing with his messes for the next few years. But Kevin Drum says we shouldn’t let former Bushies off the hook.
They all loved him when he was riding high, and they’d love him still if he weren’t polling in Richard Nixon territory.
Leading the liberals was Bill Clinton, Al Gore, strategist Mark Penn and Hillary Clinton.