Second as farce.
Third as genius campaign strategery!
From the New York Times:
A Conundrum for Jeb Bush: How to Use George W.
GREENVILLE, S.C. — With Jeb Bush struggling to connect with some Republican activists, his campaign has begun exploring whether to bring in the person it thinks may be best equipped to give him a boost with skeptical conservatives: his brother George W. Bush.
The 43rd president is a very popular figure among Republican voters and could deliver a needed jolt to his brother’s sluggish campaign.
Because as the Bush Family crest reads: "Cum te radices producunt atque iterum ad maiorem gente consilium optimum telum."
Or, in English, "When you shoot yourself in the foot over and over again, the best possible strategy is to reach for a larger caliber weapon."
Also, I cannot over-emphasize how awesome it is that the people who have been frantically flinging themselves through the Magical Teabagger/Bush-Off Machine over and over again for the last seven years like children running through a sprinkler on a hot day are the same people who we are being told regard Dubya as a "very popular figure".
But what bumps this from awesome to perfect is where one of the recommendations is coming from:
“I do think he’s an asset, and we need him down here — and Barbara, too,” said Sally Atwater, a Republican activist here, referring to the brothers’ mother.
Ms. Atwater, the widow of Lee Atwater, a strategist for the first President Bush, added of the family: “Folks have a relationship with these people already. That’s important. And you need to play off of that.”
With no John McCain to slander this time around, I'm not sure what Commander Cuckoobananas can add to the mix, but you gotta respect the effort.
Crossposted at driftglass' blog