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May 15, 2012 12:59 PM A Minimalist Endorsement

By Ed Kilgore

A new addition to the “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” files today:

Mitt Romney has the support of George W. Bush.
“I’m for Mitt Romney,” Bush told ABC News this morning as the doors of an elevator closed on him, after he gave a speech on human rights a block from his old home — the White House.

You have to wonder if Team Romney planned this moment. What better means could you devise to get the inevitable W. endorsement out of the way while avoiding those pesky follow-up questions, not to mention useful video footage for the opposition?

Now if they can just get Dick Cheney to phone in an endorsement for Mitt on a bad cellphone connection….

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • c u n d gulag on May 15, 2012 1:17 PM:

    Wait, I need clarification - did "Baby Doc" Bush give a speech ON human rights, or AGAINST human rights?

    If it's ON human rights, what he knows about that could fit on the back of a postage stamp - with plenty of room to spare. It must have been one of the shortest speeches in history.

    If it was AGAINST, then he could the speech could have lasted days, reciting chapter and verse his 8 year "Reign of Error."

    And of course he was going to support Romney!
    Who better to carry on Reagan's and his work, devolving the country into the best-armed Banana Republic on the planet?

  • nitpicker on May 15, 2012 1:17 PM:

    "...gave a speech on human rights..."?!

  • RT on May 15, 2012 1:24 PM:

    Santorum endorsed Romney via a late-night email, yes?

    Now I'm waiting for an endorsement via text message. Preferably drunk.

    [Captcha: "editsapu scarcely"]

  • merl on May 15, 2012 1:42 PM:

    now he just needs the all important palin endorsement.

  • gus on May 15, 2012 2:03 PM:

    The Palin Endorsement?

    Should we look forward to her being described as sitting in the back seat of a car, leaning out of the window and saying, “Mitt Romney is the next president!”

    Then having her described as rolling up the window as the car takes off towards a bridge to nowhere.

    The symbolism of the alleged Bush endorsement seems rather weak. If he emerged from an elevator and said he supported Romney, that is one thing. But, it really sounds like he was running away after doing something he’d immediately regret.

    Whatever the optics are of this endorsement, I can’t see him campaigning for Mitt. Fundraising, maybe. Robocalling, selectively. But, you got to wonder how much Romney’s campaign will embrace Bush. The elder Bush is “safer” as endorsements go. There is a different establishment to getting the nod from that one-termer.
    Jimmy Carter’s half-endorsement is probably never going to be embraced by Mitt.
    All he needs now is Richard Nixon’s ghost to haunt a campaign commercial for him and then The Game Is On!

  • boatboy_srq on May 15, 2012 2:26 PM:

    OF COURSE Shrub gave a speech on human "rights." He's GOP: "left" is a four-letter word.

    What he said about ambidexterity, though, I have no idea.

  • stevio on May 15, 2012 2:59 PM:

    I'll believe BUShit will give a real speech on Human Rights when he delivers one at the Hague.

    I'll kick in the airfare...

  • tmv on May 15, 2012 5:47 PM:

    I, too, cannot stop staring at the part of this post that says, "gave a speech on human rights." Please tell me it was badly edited and ended with, "and how to pulverize them into a fine dust," before I lose my tiny remaining sliver of faith in humanity.