Feehery: The cheeseburger election

Feehery: The cheeseburger election
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George W. Bush loved cheeseburger pizzas when he was president. President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE loves cheeseburgers, preferably from McDonald’s.

It’s a connection, no matter how tenuous.

I was thinking about Bush and Trump because over the weekend; thousands of Bushies from around the country came back to Washington for a reunion.


I am not a Bushie, having never worked in the administration, but I have plenty of friends and colleagues who are, and I think it is fair to say that they had a good time this weekend, at least based on my Facebook feed.

It is well-known that the last two Republican presidents aren’t particularly close. Bush refused to endorse Trump even after he won the GOP nomination, and pointedly did not vote for him in the general election, although he says that he didn’t vote for Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton3 ways government can help clean up Twitter Intelligence Democrat: Stop using 'quid pro quo' to describe Trump allegations The Memo: Bloomberg's 2020 moves draw ire from Democrats MORE either.

I think it is fair to say the closer you are to the Bush family, the less likely it is that you voted for Trump in 2016 or support him today.

I would love to see a poll of Bush alumni to see where they stand on our current president.

Of all the Never Trumpers out there, more than a few are former Bush administration officials. Think Nicole Wallace, who has her own television show on MSNBC and routinely bashes Trump, or her colleague Steve Schmidt, who does the same from whatever job he currently has today. 


But for every Wallace and Schmidt, you have somebody like Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughTrump rips ABC over Epstein coverage Graham: 'Brett Kavanaugh lived a life we should all be proud of' Harris struggling with substance to match the aspiration MORE, who is now one of our best Supreme Court justices, thanks to Trump. You think Kavanaugh would ever think to not support this president, given all the grief the left has thrown his way?

For Trump to win reelection, he needs to win the vast majority of the Bush alumni vote. And my guess is, as the choices become more clear, the vast majority will hold their noses and vote for the incumbent.

And it all comes back to cheeseburgers. And fossil fuels. And plastic straws. And all of the other looney stuff that is coming out of the mouths of Democratic field.

The Bushies like to think of themselves as compassionate conservatives, but what they really are are political moderates. They like people to play nice. They like people to be polite, to wear nice clothes and to bathe regularly. They like the free market system, especially when it benefits their rather large stock portfolios, and free trade (for precisely the same reason). They don’t like to talk about divisive things like abortion and social issues. And they liked it when their former boss and Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaBloomberg threatens to shake up 2020 primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg looks to upend Democratic race Michelle Obama unveils all-star lineup for 2020 get-out-the-vote push MORE became besties.

And to be clear, I think it is nice when Bush and the former first lady make googly eyes at each other. I am firmly in the camp of “why can’t we all get along?”

But what the Bushes will find is that there aren’t any moderates out there anymore.

The left is not going to nominate a political insider like Hillary Clinton again. Sorry Joe BidenJoe BidenImpeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Trump DACA fight hits Supreme Court Juan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete MORE.

They are going to go with either Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Trump DACA fight hits Supreme Court Democrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal Women who inspired 'Hidden Figures' film will be honored with congressional gold medals MORE (D-Calif.) or Bernie SandersBernie SandersJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Democrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal MORE (I-Vt.). My guess is Warren, because she best encapsulates the anger that the hard-core left has toward the white capitalist patriarchal system.

She is mad as hell, and she has a detailed power-point plan (which is something very important to white, ascendant liberals) to fix it.

And if the CNN town hall is to be believed, that power-point will include mandates to get America to stop eating cheeseburgers, stop driving gas-using cars and stop sipping with plastic straws. In other ways, a mandate to close all McDonald’s drive-thrus by 2025.

You laugh, but I don’t think the left and all of their plans are all that funny.

And my guess is that the vast majority of the Bush world, unless they are employed by MSNBC, will agree with and vote for Trump in 2020, despite their moral objections to the current occupant. At least he likes cheeseburgers.

Feehery is a partner at EFB Advocacy and blogs at www.thefeeherytheory.com. He served as spokesman to former Speaker Dennis HastertJohn (Dennis) Dennis HastertFeehery: How Republicans can win back the suburbs John Feehery: Mutiny on the Bounty Feehery: Trump may be down, but he's not out yet MORE (R-Ill.), as communications director to former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) when he was majority whip and as a speechwriter to former House Minority Leader Bob Michel (R-Ill.).