George P. Bush: why he isn’t going to help the GOP win over Latinos—or women

George P. Bush, just the person to save the GOP… from winning.

Slate wrote a gushing little summary of a Politico story about the political future of yet another generation of Bush’s, this time George P. Bush, aka, son of Jeb, aka, one of  George H. W. Bush’s “little brown ones.”  But they forgot to mention George P. Bush’s little run-in with the police, over breaking and entering his ex-girlfriend’s home, and how that might only excacerbate the ongoing problems the GOP is facing at the ballot box over fallout from its “war on women.”

George P.’s mom is Mexican, and now that the GOP is over its black-phase, it’s moved on to pretending it cares about Latinos.  And no better way to do that than find the one or two Latinos who vote Republican, and against the interest of the Latino community, and hold them up as an example of how much the GOP loves one Latino, but not the rest.

From Politico:

George Prescott Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the nephew of former Texas governor and ex-President George W. Bush, has filed preliminary paperwork to run for office in the Lone Star state in 2014. That leaves the new Bush poised to become a key face in the next generation of Republican politicians.

And more:

Whatever office Bush seeks, national Republican strategists signaled he was a welcome face in a party suffering from a diversity problem in the wake of Mitt Romney’s defeat. Romney was blown out of the water by President Barack Obama with Latinos and Republicans have said that he the party must find a way to appeal to Hispanics and broaden its reach beyond its aging, white base.

“George P. was raised in a bicultural home in south Florida — he’s not only bilingual, he is bi-cultural and is fully comfortable functioning in that world,” said Florida-based GOP strategist Ana Navarro, who ran John McCain’s Hispanic outreach in 2008. “His voice is just the kind that we desperately need in the Republican Party right now.”

Well, no.  Republicans don’t need more Latino faces pushing policies that are inimical to Latinos.  They need more Republicans, of any race, who act more like Democrats.  As Mitt Romney learned all too well, changing the color of your skin isn’t going to win you any more Latino votes if your policies still stink.  And if Republicans are going to act like Democrats, voters – especially Latino voters – would still do better just electing the real thing, Democrats.

The Little Creepy One

Now on to that other little problem with George P. Bush, that incident about him breaking into his former girlfriend’s home, then racing his car around her lawn.  As The Smoking Gun put it, “he still seems a bit creepy.”  If you consider breaking and entering the home of a woman you used to date, and then tearing up her lawn with your car, creepy.  Well, then yes.

Here’s the police report, via the Smoking Gun (they have all of it).  The family didn’t push charges (against a “Bush,” big surprise there).

George P Bush police report

Just What the GOP Needs, More Candidates That Are Women-Challenged

You have to wonder why, following an election in which the GOP has a terrible time with women, they’d embrace a guy, according to a police report, had a terrible time with at least one woman.

Don’t remember what happened during the last election a few weeks ago?  Then again, maybe they do.  And they’ve simply decided to write women off, as they did blacks, and go for Latinos instead. It’s a never-ending search for the newest bright shiny object to save the party, over at Republican headquarters.

Let me remind me about the GOP and their war on women, from my earlier post:

As you may know, the Republicans have made more than a few horrific statements lately about rape, including “legitimate rape,” “forcible rape” (as if there’s another kind), and lots and lots about how God intends women to have rape-babies.

Well, Stephen Colbert weighed in.  It’s great. Here’s a snippet of the transcript, Daily Kos has more:

Now, in the debate last night, one moment kinda stuck out. Here’s Mourdock when questioned on abortion.

SENATE CANDIDATE RICHARD MOURDOCK, R-IN (10/23/2012): I’ve struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.
(audience boos)

OK, OK, hold on, let me just update my Days Without a GOP Rape Mention board.

Now, Mourdock’s comments upset many Hoosiers, and also possibly God. It really makes Him look like a terrible gift-giver. I will say, God, next time you’re stumped with picking out a good gift for the ladies, just go with an edible arrangement. (audience applause)

And folks, Mourdock is not the first member of the GOP to drop the R-word this campaign season. First we had Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, who said “legitimate rape” victims couldn’t get pregnant because “the female body has ways” of shutting “that whole thing down”. Then there was Iowa Representative and angry dinner roll Steve King, who said he’d never heard of a girl getting pregnant from statutory rape. Pennsylvania Senate candidate Tom Smith equated rape with out-of-wedlock pregnancy. And Wisconsin state representative Roger Rivard offered the sage advice that “some girls, they rape so easy.”

(shocked audience response)

What can you say? Some political careers, they end so quickly. (wild audience applause and cheering)

And now, there’s Mourdock. Together, I like to call these guys, Team Rape. Which they probably wouldn’t appreciate, but c’mon, they’re kinda asking for it. (wild audience applause and cheering)

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