Obama’s Best Buds: The Bushes

Andrew Sullivan —  Jun 15 2012 @ 3:33pm


Here's Jeb Bush:

"Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad — they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party — and I don’t — as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground. Back to my dad’s time and Ronald Reagan’s time – they got a lot of stuff done with a lot of bipartisan support."

Here's Obama yesterday:

Neither Romney nor the Republicans in Congress will endorse any policy that asks the wealthiest Americans to pay even a nickel more in taxes. It’s the reason why we haven’t reached a grand bargain to bring down our deficit; not with my plan, not with the Bowles-Simpson plan, not with the so-called Gang of Six plan. Despite the fact that taxes are lower than they’ve been in decades, they won’t work with us on any plan that would increase taxes on our wealthiest Americans.

Now Bush is not endorsing Obama's priorities or policies, but he is complaining about total GOP obstructionism and purism. And he has offered a diagnosis of why the GOP is so rigid:

I don’t have to play the game of being 100,000 percent against President Obama.

Jeb Bush is calling his own party game-players and obstructionists rather than responsible politicians in a time of national crisis. And the polls show Americans agree that Obama is more willing to compromise than the GOP. At the same time, you have George H W Bush bragging for the first time about his decision to raise taxes. And you have Obama's echo in Cleveland of George W. Bush's position that he would't balance the budget "on the backs of the poor."

The only thing missing was the Bush family's conviction that the Latino vote is central to the political future. And guess what? Today Obama trumped Romney on that as well. He has hit the Bush trifecta.

But he's still a radical Muslim socialist atheist, of course.

(Photo: Bush and Obama at the White House unveiling of the Bush presidential portrait. By Brendan Smialowski/Getty.)