CNN Asks The Important Campaign Question: Where Are Bush And Cheney?

by William Teach | October 23, 2010 10:15 am

Oh, my, where oh where are they[1]?

Dick Cheney is certainly not one to hold back on how he really feels. George W. Bush, on the other hand, has been mum.

Despite their differing approaches to handling the post-White House years, their absence on the campaign trail has been obvious.

Has it? Obama and other Democrats are constantly referencing Bush, and, on occasion, Cheney.

“The former president has been very quiet since leaving the White House in 2008, other than appearances related to fundraising and the establishment of his presidential library,” said political analyst Bill Crane. “The vice president has primarily been visible on issues such as national defense and has traditionally not been the strongest fundraising draw.”

President Bush, much like Reagan, has basically gotten out of politics. He did his time, and now he wants to get on with his life. He isn’t an attention prima-donna like Clinton (let’s be a little fair: Bill had to stay in the public eye for Hillary, and her run for the Presidency. Also, it gets him out of the house. You know, idle hands, devil). Bush has always seemed to be the kind of guy who is happy just chilling at home with the wife, working in the yard, doing a few things here and there. When he is done with something, he’s done. And Cheney is dealing with his health.

“Conservatives would love to see Dick Cheney be more vocal,” said S.E. Cupp, a conservative blogger and co-author of the book “Why You’re Wrong about the Right.” “But at the same time, he’s not an idiot and neither are conservatives. He realizes that while that might energize the conservative base, that might not win over many independents who have a very bitter taste in their mouth from the Bush administration.”

And it shows in the polls.

A USA Today/Gallup Poll in early September found that 71 percent said Bush should get blame for the country’s economic troubles. A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll taken at the same time indicated that 53 percent blamed Bush and Republicans for causing the current economic conditions, while 33 percent blamed President Obama and Democrats.

Ah. I see. That was the purpose of the article, to give some cover to Democrats and Obama with a little over a week left in the silly season (well, probably more, as Democrats challenge the election results as well as complain about invented Republican voter fraud.

“President Bush’s father took a similar approach during the Clinton years,” Crane said. “Having spent some time around the family … this is more about their respect for the office … as opposed to ‘fear’ by GOP challengers and incumbents about being connected with Bush, in my humble opinion.”

When Obama finds himself out of a job on January 20, 2013, think he will fade into the background out of respect? Remember, this is the same guy who treats the Resolute Desk as a footstool.

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