We the People of the United States of America will not have to imagine a Republican Party Convention without members of the Bush clan in attendance. The two former president Bushes, George H. W. (41) and George W. (43) had their spokespeople tell the world that they are sitting this one out.
Former President George W. Bush, whose brother Jeb pulled out of the race in February after a string of dismal results, will not be taking part in the campaign whatsoever.
When asked if the most recent Republican president would throw his significant political weight behind Trump, his spokesman Freddy Ford said: ‘President Bush does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign.’
Former President George H. W. Bush’s spokesman Jim McGrath said: ‘At age 91, President Bush is retired from politics.’
There is a good possibility that family loyalty prompted this unplanned absence, but the reality is that this year, 2016, the professional political class just cannot bring themselves to back someone who beat them at their own game. (There’s a whole lot of pundits calling for a third party candidate more along the lines of a traditional political lollipop.) And like it or not, that is just what happened. This is not how the powers that be envisioned 2016 at all.
The Bush clan are the most prominent of the GOP stalwarts to refuse to back Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican Party nominee for president, in his quest to occupy the Oval Office. However, they did do it with the most grace. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska wasn’t even nice about it. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley claims she is not interested in being Trump’s Vice President (who asked her?). Others have not said much of anything other than they will support the nominee, but reluctantly. Very few household name Republicans are openly supporting the man, but the ones that are tend to be the most reliable when it comes to actually acting in the best interests of the people.
And with all of this as the backdrop, there are calls for Donald Trump to unite the party. It would be nice if the party bigwigs had the same goal in mind.