When The Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis wrote on election night that the GOP needed “some fresh ideas,” he apparently meant old ideas that still stink. In his latest column for The Week, Lewis says “Republicans ought to take a second look at George W. Bush‘s political philosophy.”
During his presidency, Bush was known to label his political views as “compassionate conservatism,” characterized by promoting the helping of others while encouraging accountability (ie. No Child Left Behind).
“Of course, they wouldn’t have to call it compassionate conservatism,” Lewis reasons, “That brand is obviously tarnished. But it is an uplifting mission statement to serve as a feel-good umbrella for their other policy ideas.”
Lewis says it’s a winning philosophy that would appeal to both “the urban hipster” and “the guy in rural Ohio.” Wow, really? …
In essence, Lewis’ advice to Republicans is to adopt the philosophy of a president who lost the popular vote in his first election and remains one of the most unpopular figures in politics. (Earlier this year a survey showed that 54 percent of Americans had an unfavorable view of Bush.)
Something tells us re-running on that guy’s philosophy isn’t the way to go. It reminds us of something Bush used to say: “Fool me once, shame on… shame on you. You can fool me, can’t get fooled again.”