(PresidentialInsider.com)- According to reports, George P. Bush’s campaign for Texas attorney general may be faltering due to the political toxicity of his surname.
In recent decades, few political dynasties in Texas have been as unstoppable as the Bush family, which has a solid legacy dating back to the 1960s. The name’s staying power appears to have waned in the Trump era, and George P. Bush may be the latest casualty. Bush can’t connect with voters, who see him as either an untrustworthy RINO or an opportunist spouting Trumpian slogans to gain MAGA support.
According to the Texas Tribune, the Bush name is becoming a liability for the Republican Party. In polls, George P. Bush, currently the state’s land commissioner, is trailing Paxton. His ties to his family’s center-right political leanings and past policy positions are among the top reasons Republican voters are wary of him.
Bush claimed that Paxton was behind the attacks and that they did not reflect the support he had received on the campaign trail. The current attorney general’s ads against Bush emphasize his status as a RINO (Republican in Name Only) and ties to his famous family.
To be fair to George P. Bush, he endorsed Trump both times he ran for president and has sought his support in the attorney general race (Trump endorsed Ken Paxton early on). He has wholly reversed some of his past centrist policy proposals on issues like immigration and border security, similar to Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance, but no matter how genuine the turnaround, Bush may not be able to avoid his name.
Christin Bentley, a Texas voter, said that what irritates her about people like George P. Bush and the establishment is that they only care about slogans like “Keep Texas red,” They don’t seem to realize that to do so, we must fight hard. Right now, we need people who aren’t afraid of controversy and who will fight for Texans’ rights rather than display “political correctness.”
The Bush name has floundered in other areas outside of the attorney general race. Pierce Bush, his cousin, came in third place in the 2020 race for a Houston congressional seat, and there is no national Bush brand of which to speak.
The days of Bush’s compassionate conservatism, according to Jason Villalba, chair of the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation, may be numbered.
Villalba said that people who vote in Republican primaries are no longer looking for the compassionate conservatism that George W. Bush embodied when he was governor. That isn’t fashionable nowadays. What’s popular is Trump’s Republican Party’s far-right, strident wing. And no, that isn’t him.
It may seem so in contrast to a Republican party that’s been a longtime pushover in the face of the strident far-left.