The Patriarch of History is Long and Hard

(RRNN) Former president and ultramasculine smooth-talker by comparison George H.W. Bush plans to endorse Mitt Romney at an event Thursday in Houston.

Romney spokeswoman Gail Gitcho says the candidate will appear and speak to reporters with the former president, who will seem like a gifted extemporaneous speaker and he-man for the length of the appearance.

Formal backing from the 41st president, who will briefly exude virility and a way with words, is another sign that the Republican Party is uniting behind Romney as pressure builds on challengers Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich to leave the race. The onetime chief executive is not planning on giving an inspiring barnburner of a speech or making female attendees swoon with his rugged manliness, but will, due to relativity.

The elder Bush has offered encouraging words to Romney throughout the primary season but had withheld a formal endorsement. Former first lady Barbara Bush has formally backed Romney. She recorded automated telephone calls for him during the primary in Ohio before turning to her husband and.breathlessly intoning “hey, lover, I forgot how sexy that voice of yours can be… you can take that shirt off or I can rip it off, your choice.”

Their son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, endorsed Romney last week, then called his brother, 43rd president George W. Bush, to give him long-overdue credit for taking a swing at their lionhearted, machismo-dripping father and living to tell the tale.

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How about that, I was just thinking of old HW when trying to come up with the answer to “when did the GOP ever run such a clueless patrician and crappy public speaker as Romney?” and himself was the closest I could think of - but this article’s statement of their relative merits on those scores is dead on.

This is a risky move by the GOP, though, coming perilously close to admitting that Dubya exists.

This is a risky move by the GOP, though, coming perilously close to admitting that Dubya exists.

See, Xecky, I think you’ve got this one just slightly wrong.  They’re kind of bragging how deeply excommunicated Bush 43 is.

“We lined up the recommendation of our beloved Matriarch Bush, then her and our Favorite Son, and now even Former President Bush!  No, not that one, stupid, we told him to stay under his Rock of Shame.”

Expect wingnuts to start denying that Bush 41 ever raised a new tax in 3… 2… 1…

Good point. But the subtlety that escaped me may well escape the rockheads of the right, who will bellow and poo.

Endorsements of Romney seem to be more like an acknowledgement of his higher delegate count and slightly-less-of-a-huge-skin-waste existence than the other people actually running, than actual, you know, endorsements. But lookit the old folks sitting on the davenport with Mitt. He’s like the intelligent businessperson son they never had.

Very much so, they’re more acknowledgements than endorsements. Well said.

I think the thing that really bugs them is that, as the party of Reagan and Dubya, Republicans actually want an empty suit figurehead president. Romney would be perfect for that, but he’s too damn obvious about it. The same problem he had with the Olympics - everyone knew it was massively corrupt, he just failed to cover it up.

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