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 TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally 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 ClintonBlumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections Hillary Clinton roasts NYT's Maureen Dowd over column Hillary Clinton touts student suspended over crowded hallway photo: 'John Lewis would be proud' 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 KavanaughMcConnell has 17-point lead over Democratic challenger McGrath: poll Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket Kavanaugh urged Supreme Court to avoid decisions on Trump finances, abortion: report 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 ObamaDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Michelle Obama and Melinda Gates warn girls' education at risk due to pandemic Michelle Obama on depression: 'I'm doing just fine' 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 BidenBiden says Trump executive order is 'a reckless war on Social Security' Trump got into testy exchange with top GOP donor Adelson: report Blumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections MORE.

They are going to go with either Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden campaign says no VP pick yet after bike trail quip Biden edges closer to VP pick: Here's who's up and who's down Democratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden campaign says no VP pick yet after bike trail quip Hillary Clinton roasts NYT's Maureen Dowd over column Biden edges closer to VP pick: Here's who's up and who's down MORE (D-Calif.) or Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump team pounces on Biden gaffes The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic 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: The fight worth having with teachers' unions Feehery: How Trump can better handle COVID-19 and win reelection Feehery: It's about the Trump voter 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.).