Nicolle Wallace: Republicans Want to Fight Terrorism as Long as Trump Supporters Aren’t Involved

From Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump, the GOP has long presented itself as the party of “law and order.”

The last time a large-scale terrorist attack occurred on US soil, George W. Bush was President. In September of 2001, Bush told Congress, “Our war on terror begins with Al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.” read more

Opinion: Why The Founders Could Not Have Devised A Trump-Proof Democracy

Writing in 1782, in the aftermath of the American Revolution, Thomas Paine exclaimed, “We are now really another people.”

What Paine meant, in part, was that the new republican form of government required a new and different kind of person, a new kind of citizen.  People were used to being subjects of the Crown, ruled monarchically through fear and force. So, the fledgling republic devoted to freedom faced the challenge of making liberty and some kind of governmental authority compatible.  As noted historian Gordon Wood has noted, echoing Paine, simply transforming the structure and nature of authority, of government, would not be sufficient: “The people themselves,” he wrote, attempting to capture the sentiment and urgency of the time, “must change as well.” read more

Over 100 Bush, McCain and Romney Staffers Endorse Joe Biden for President

Joe Biden dominates Trump in Philadephia speech

Alumni from the campaigns of the last three Republican presidential candidates have come out in support of Joe Biden with more than 100 backing the Democrat.

Staffers who worked for President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain and Senator Mitt Romney have declared their support for the former Vice President.

Bush 43 Alumni for Biden released a letter on Thursday explaining why they’d made the decision.

In order to emerge strong and ready to tackle the challenges before us, we must act,” they wrote. read more

Clinton, Bush, Obama Will be at John Lewis Funeral, Trump Will Not

Obama remembers the late John Lewis

When long-serving and revered lawmakers pass away, it is customary for past and current Presidents to attend the funeral. This hasn’t been the case with Donald Trump. At the request of the family, Trump was not invited to the funeral of legendary Republican John McCain.

While Trump did attend the services for former President George H.W. Bush, he was largely boxed out by the previous Presidents who were these. George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama won’t need to box Trump out at John Lewis’ funeral as the current President will not be in attendance.

CNN’s Stephanie Gallman reports, “Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama will be attending and participating in Congressman John Lewis’s funeral Thursday in Atlanta. President Obama will deliver the eulogy.”

JUST IN – Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama will be attending and participating in Congressman John Lewis’s funeral Thursday in Atlanta. President Obama will deliver the eulogy.

— Stephanie Gallman (@sgallman)

July 29, 2020 read more

Hundreds of George W. Bush Officials Are Reportedly Set to Endorse Joe Biden

Hundreds of former officials who served under George W. Bush are about to endorse Joe Biden for president, according to new reporting from Reuters. They would be the latest conservatives to do so.

Former officials who served under the Republican president from 2001 to 2009 have formed a political action committee called 43 for Alumni for Biden. Forty-three refers to Bush, the 43rd president.

This group reportedly includes former cabinet secretaries and other senior administration officials. The new Super PAC is set to launch on Wednesday, though some details aren’t clear at the moment.

One member of the PAC who worked on Bush’s 2004 campaign, Jennifer Millikin, explained their rationale.

“We know what is normal and what is abnormal, and what we are seeing is highly abnormal. The president is a danger,” she said.

Former Bush communications official Kristopher Purcell and 2000 campaign official Karen Kirksey spoke to Reuters about their decision to back Biden.

“This November, we are choosing country over party,” Purcell said.

“We believe that a Biden administration

will adhere to the rule of law read more

Former Reagan Advisor Calls on Biden to Choose Condoleezza Rice as His Running Mate

A former economic advisor to President Ronald Reagan thinks Condoleezza Rice would be an ideal vice president for Joe Biden. Rice is the most novel suggestion yet.

Economics professor Laurence Kotlikoff argues in an op-ed in The Hill newspaper that Rice is the best choice for Biden. Rice was secretary of state under George W. Bush.

“[G]given the ongoing, enormous national protests of George Floyd’s horrific killing by a white policeman and his complicit associates, Biden should and most likely will choose a black running mate,” Kotlikoff writes.

He goes on to discuss possible choices within the Democratic Party and dismisses them. In particular, Kotlikoff focuses on Senator Kamala Harris and what he sees as her weaknesses.

“Yet, for all of her talents, experience and brilliance, Harris does not appeal to the public, even the Democratic part of the public. That is why she failed to make it far in the presidential primaries.”

“Harris seemed unable to provide new answers to our country’s deep problems or even clearly articulate what those problems are.”

Kotlikoff discusses his run for the presidency as a write-in candidate in 2012 and 2016 and then offers his opinion as an independent. This is despite having worked in a Republican administration.

“The best candidate is clearly Condoleezza Rice. As a black woman, she can help bring our country together,” he writes.

“She’s a Republican, but she’s no ideologue,” Kotlikoff says.

“Consequently, she will instantly appeal to independents across the nation. Her selection would constitute a unity ticket and deprive President Trump not only of most votes in the middle, but millions of votes on the right.”

Rice’s association with the Bush years and the War on Terror would likely make her an unpalatable choice for Democrats.

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Former George W. Bush Staffers Create PAC Supporting Joe Biden

A new super PAC, called 43 Alumni for Biden, has been formed by former staffers of George W. Bush, according to paperwork submitted earlier this week. The news comes just days after the former president issued a statement along with his wife, former First Lady Laura Bush, calling for Americans to unify as protests grip the nation following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis.

“It must be very sad for him [Bush] to see what is happening right now, to see more division, more threats, more violence from the current occupant of the White House, who would use the military against our own people, said former United States Treasurer Rosario Marin, one of several members of the super PAC. “He must witness it in horror.”

Texas-based lawyer Jacob Monty, a former member of the RNC’s Hispanic Advisory Council, said: “It makes perfect sense for the good of the country to support Biden but I’m still a Republican.” Commenting on the significance of a Bush endorsement, he said: “I think it would be very powerful not only for the Latino community that he has a strong sway with, but also with the population in general.”

Abel Guerra, the associate director of public liaison in the George W. Bush White House from 2001-2004, says the super PAC will continue to do its work regardless of whether Biden receives Bush’s endorsement.

“We as alumni don’t need direction, it’s not a left or right issue, it’s a right or wrong issue,” he told Newsweek. “I hate to use the word ‘trump,’ but your integrity should always trump loyalty.”

Steve Cortes, a spokesman for the America First PAC, which supports President Donald Trump, criticized “these so-called conservatives,” arguing that if they “prefer Biden now, they reveal their true colors.”

Former President George H.W. Bush Dies at Age 94

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States died Friday night at the age of 94

at his Houston home. Bush was the son of a U.S. Senator and served his country first as a World War II fighter pilot and later as a congressman, an ambassador to the United Nations and envoy to China, chairman of the Republican National Committee, director of the CIA, two-term vice president and, for four years, as president. read more

McCain Says He Regrets Palin And He Won’t Be Here “Much Longer”

Yesterday we reported that President Donald Trump will not be invited to attend the funeral for American Hero John McCain, whenever it might occur.  (The Arizona Republican Senator has brain cancer and his health is worsening every day.)

The same thing happened recently when former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away, and the sitting president was not invited to attend her funeral either.

Such snubs show the low esteem in which our current president is held by our country’s most prominent politicians, even those from his own party.

Now there are some new developments concerning Senator McCain and they make the story even more interesting.

Yesterday afternoon NBC News reported that former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been invited to not only attend but also to deliver eulogies at McCain’s funeral.

McCain’s funeral will take place at the Washington National Cathedral and Vice President Pence will attend, but not speak.

According to NBC, McCain was recently quoted as saying that he doesn’t “know how much longer I’ll be here.”

In his memoir, “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations,” McCain rebukes the president, questioning his abilities as a leader and criticizing him for his attacks on refugees and the press.

“I’m not sure what to make of President Trump’s convictions,” he wrote in the soon-to-be-released book.

The New York Times also ran a story yesterday reporting that the Vietnam War hero, who received the GOP nomination for the presidency in 2008 but lost to Barack Obama, regretted his choice of running mate.  In the book he wrote he that he wished he had selected former Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut instead.

After he won the 2008 GOP nomination it was widely reported that McCain wanted to ask Liberman to join him on the ticket, because he was his closest friend in the U.S. Senate.  His advisers reportedly had warned against choosing Lieberman, thinking that the Connecticut senator’s liberal views on abortion rights would divide Republicans and cause him to lose votes. read more