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George H.W. Bush saved us
from a Dukakis White House

Boston Herald, by Howie Carr

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/2/2018 7:37:16 AM

Thank you, President George H.W. Bush, for everything you did, but most of all for your greatest accomplishment: Keeping Michael S. Dukakis out of the White House in 1988. Getting dead, someone once observed, always does a lot for a person’s social standing. So maybe that’s one reason for all the bouquets Poppy was getting yesterday in the media as an “underrated” president, even by some of the Green Room grifters who think the only good Republican is a dead Republican. But 41 does deserve our maximum gratitude for stopping the Massachusetts governor

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/2/2018 7:39:38 AM     (No. 11850175)

The best political book you will ever read is Richard Ben Cramer´s "What it Takes" about the 1988 presidential primaries. I have recommended it to many.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: pchristopher, 12/2/2018 7:44:57 AM     (No. 11850182)

So, using this logic, we should thank McPain and Romney for Abu bin Bama? Thanks guys...for nothing.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 12/2/2018 8:16:20 AM     (No. 11850210)

What #1 said. In the book she recommends, you find out a great deal about the life and family of George Herbert Walker Bush. I closed the book thinking that I wish I had met this man.

Those who did are glad they did. And they are sad today. My thoughts are with them and his family, who were everything to him.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MainelySane, 12/2/2018 8:17:25 AM     (No. 11850211)

He still raised our taxes just like the Democrats wanted...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pearson365, 12/2/2018 8:26:41 AM     (No. 11850218)

Using Howie’s logic, we should also thank President Trump for keeping the Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, from becoming president.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lakerman1, 12/2/2018 8:36:24 AM     (No. 11850223)

One can only imagine what a drunken Kitty Dukakis would have done as First Lady.

But my favorite Dukakis moment was from the Democratic convention in 1988, when Dukakis was making his acceptance speech, and switched from English to Spanish, and sounded like a robot.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: caddyjak, 12/2/2018 8:58:08 AM     (No. 11850244)

Guess I am the only one who remembers that little Texas twerp who was the third party candidate in the Bush-Clinton contest. Without him, Clinton would never have won....

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Reply 8 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/2/2018 9:32:08 AM     (No. 11850279)

You are not the only one, #7. Texas remembers and is grateful the "little twerp" got out of the public eye. He accomplished his goal, however, which was never to be president but to prevent George H.W. Bush from getting re-elected.

If you ever had business dealings with that "twerp", you´d understand ruthlessness and dishonesty. I did and I do.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: vhs68, 12/2/2018 9:55:00 AM     (No. 11850293)

Hey Howie, it´s unfair to compare Lee Atwater to Karl Rove. Atwater had a sense of humor and a personality.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Montwoodcliff, 12/2/2018 10:26:39 AM     (No. 11850313)

Bush saved us from Dukakis, but between his read my lips statement and Perot, we got Bill Clinton. I believe Bush would have won in spite of Perot if he hadn’t caved on that tax increase after promising not to raise taxes.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: tisHimself, 12/2/2018 10:28:29 AM     (No. 11850314)

That little twerp was exactly right on NAFTA.

It’s a week to refrain from unpleasantness and celebrate a life. That isn’t a license to fictionalize the ample history surrounding that life.



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Reply 12 - Posted by: valinva, 12/2/2018 11:07:29 AM     (No. 11850349)

Any Republican should have been able to be elected president after 8 years of Reagan. Bush was not a Reagan conservative and did not have the support of the Reagan coalition which included Democrat Union Members and Catholics. He was perceived as an elitist corporate shill and rightly so. It was only because the electorate finally came to the conclusion that A Dukakis presidency would severely damage America that they got on board and voted for Bush much as the electorate in 2016 realized that Hillary needed to be stopped. Bush showed himself to be a liar and not a believer in the Reagan Economy when he raised taxes after pledging not to do so. This drove a large number of his voter base from the first election(Union Members and Working Class)to Perot who was anti-NAFTA.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: miceal, 12/2/2018 11:07:34 AM     (No. 11850350)

All I know is, in 2016, GHW Bush voted for the PIAPS and wasn´t shy about announcing the same. and GW Bush stated he didn´t vote for anyone for President in 2016. To me that was a vote for the PIAPS as well. That is how I´ll remember the 41st President...

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Reply 14 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/2/2018 11:12:37 AM     (No. 11850357)

#13, that comment came from Kathleen Kennedy Townsend who said that´s what 91 told her he would do. It´s never been verified to my knowledge.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: TXknitter, 12/2/2018 11:21:09 AM     (No. 11850361)

Thanks #1 and 3 for recommending “What It Takes “ because I have always meant to read it and now I certainly will order a copy. I am heartened that Howie brought up the near-disaster a Dukakis presidency would have been. The late President Bush spared us that and we should always be grateful.

Rest in peace, Sir.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 12/2/2018 12:17:51 PM     (No. 11850393)

Yes, absolutely no question that HW saved us from a Dukakis nightmare. A Dukakis presidency would have been worse than the Carter disaster in 1976. HW is highly regarded in my mind in this respect.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Smart11344, 12/2/2018 12:20:04 PM     (No. 11850396)

Thank God, Michael Dorkakis wore an Army helmit when he posed in a tank. I still laugh when I see that picture. He saved America in that one picture.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Italiano, 12/2/2018 12:26:06 PM     (No. 11850402)

Hopefully, some day there will be a Republican President who wasn´t elected to keep the Democrat opponent out of the White House. Trump is probably as close as we´re ever going to get.



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Reply 19 - Posted by: Moritz55, 12/2/2018 12:54:48 PM     (No. 11850423)

#7 and #8, thanks for bringing up Perot. His vanity-run cost America a great deal. Perhaps he was right on NAFTA, but he would have been so wrong for the country, and maybe President Bush was wrong on the technical-tax issue, but how much better off our country would have been if the Clintons had never come to power.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: KTWO, 12/2/2018 1:42:53 PM     (No. 11850479)

Dukakis helped save us from Dukakis. He deserves some credit too.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Yorkiemom, 12/2/2018 3:00:33 PM     (No. 11850541)

That’s the way to look at it, #19. My opinion is any republican is better than a democrat, even the ones who don’t do everything we think they do.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: fayebeck, 12/2/2018 3:15:49 PM     (No. 11850573)

Bush=Swamp..


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Reply 23 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/2/2018 4:16:07 PM     (No. 11850630)

I stated as much here yesterday.

And, #3, I did get to meet George and Barbara when he was Reagan’s VP, in 1983.. Hubby and I were stationed at the American Embassy in Romania when the Ceaucescus were in power. Bush came for a visit and, after the official duties were over, he and Barbara met with embassy employees. Hubby and I chatted with them for about 5 minutes, something they did with each embassy family. They were warm and charming. A WH photographer took a picture of Hubby and me with George, his arm around me, and an 8x10 photo showed up in the mail a few weeks later. We framed it and still have it.



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Reply 24 - Posted by: JimBob, 12/2/2018 4:47:16 PM     (No. 11850657)

#4, once president Bush said "Read My Lips, No New Taxes", the Democrats, who controlled BOTH houses of Congress, made it their GOAL to FORCE President Bush to sign a bill that included tax increases, and then have their accomplices in the Media hit President Bush over the head with that from then on.

If I recall, President Bush would have had to basically ´shut down the Government´ by refusing to sign the bill, and the Media was standing by, with ´scare´ stories already written, in case he did that.

Don´t blame President Bush for the tax increase. Put the blame where it belongs.... on the Democrats and the Media (but I repeat myself).

President Bush was a good man, but he was a gentleman fighting ´by the rules´ against the leftist Democrats who scorn any rules, scorn any decency, and are the embodiment of Filth..... just as they are today.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: TXknitter, 12/2/2018 7:45:50 PM     (No. 11850766)

I am sorry, #24, Trump would be held accountable if were to do what President Bush did and facing the same circumstances. He caved instead of fighting to keep his word. He knew very well the Democrats would fight for a tax increase. With his immense lifelong political experience, he should have been prepared to fight to keep his word to his voters. He would never really go the distance to fight DEMOCRATS. I am happy to give this late President, such a sweet man in many ways, credit for what he did do. I won’t pretend he didn’t really blow it in a number of other ways in his one term as President.

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