On the Overtime segment of a Real Time episode, host Bill Maher asked The Atlantic‘s senior editor and neoconservative pundit David Frum whether Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign was “salvageable” after the publication of his father’s recent autobiography, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, which criticized the Iraq War.
Surprisingly enough, Frum went beyond a simple yes/no answer by saying that the younger, “smarter” Bush’s presidential ambitions were “never salvageable”. Frum went into detail, explaining that, while the book didn’t help matters, it wasn’t the cruz of the problem with the campaign. The real issue was the fact that Jeb Bush was a representation of the past, and that his presence forced the Republican debates to be primarily about an administration’s actions over 10 years ago.
“Because it turned the 2016 election into a referendum on things that happened a decade and a half ago, and that’s not fair to anybody. It’s not fair to the voters, it’s not fair to the candidate[s], it was all a mistake.”
Of course, we’re not saying that the horrible actions of the Bush Administration should be ignored (far from it), but with regards to this particular area of interest surrounding the potential success of Jeb Bush, Frum’s points are very sound and can be seen as similar to Gerald Ford’s decision to not pursue the prosecution of Richard Nixon.
Keep the discussion about the future and the illogical dogma of the modern-Republican Party, courtesy of Donald Trump.