May 10, 2015

Former Romney spokesperson and Republican strategist Kevin Madden seems a bit confused over why George W. advising his brother Jeb Bush on foreign policy is a problem. I hate to break it to him, but the fact that Jeb has said that "I am my own man" on foreign policy is not the issue. It's the fact that his brother led us into what could be called the worst foreign policy disaster in decades, and that Jeb has apparently learned absolutely nothing from his brother's mistakes.

Here's how Madden responded during a panel discussion on an article published at CNN earlier this week on that very subject, Jeb: George W. Bush is a top foreign policy adviser, and was asked by State of the Union fill-in host Jim Sciutto if his comments were going to be a political problem for Jeb.

MADDEN: No, of course not. Why would that raise eyebrows? (crosstalk) Hold on. Here's the thing. It would raise eyebrows if he wasn't taking counsel from somebody who is a Republican who was previously in office. That would be I think a more problematic answer, if he were to deny that. […]

I will cede to you that there is a challenge in that, one of the big challenges is that Jeb Bush has had, and he said this previously, he's said “I'm my own man” and he wants to make the case that this is about his vision. It's about his agenda for the country and it becomes problematic. That's where it would become a challenge for him.

When you're trying to talk about what your plans are for the future. When you're going to be forced by Democrats and other critics to litigate the past, it becomes a challenge.

It's going to be more than just a "bit of a challenge" when he's hired all the same foreign policy "experts" that helped his brother lie us into invading Iraq. His brother isn't his only problem and the pundits in the media know it. That won't stop them from ignoring the elephant in the room as they did here.

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