On This Week, panel Torie Clarke, Robert Reich, DeeDee Myers and George Will join host George Stephanopoulos and muse on the seemingly miraculous rise from the presumed dead campaign of John McCain and whether his focus in choosing a running mate will be someone to offset his "maverick" (i.e., non-conservative) appeal or his age (Getcha yer media narratives here!). When Jeb Bush is raised as a possibility, as has been done regularly since GWB took office, George Will summarily dismisses him with the statement that his name is too "tainted" for it to be feasible.
And more than anything, that's what stood out to me. George Will, who has been lambasting the Democratic party for not going along with all of George W. Bush's policies, now admits that George W. Bush's policies have essentially ended any aspiration to higher office his brother might have had. Torie Clarke, who has held positions in the Reagan and both Bushes administrations as well as the Public Relations chief for John McCain (nice disclosure there, ABC), says fairly mildly that conventional wisdom has been wrong during this campaign.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but who is it that has been giving these conventional wisdom tidbits? No one on the pundit panel argues against conventional wisdom being wrong, as if it hasn't been people like Torie Clarke and George Will weren't the ones giving out the information. But now, they're all sensing a sea change and distancing themselves away from their own words. Sorry, folks. I don't know about you, but my memory of being told how wrong liberals were, when what we said was borne out in reality, is very long.