Bush 41 Socks it to Democrats

In hopes of socking it to the Democratic Party in November, the Republicans have been raising money with signature show-off socks authorized by the 41st president for months.

Now, the former president is making the pitch.

“I don’t know what your guilty pleasures are in life, but one of mine is socks,” Bush, who turned 90 recently with another signature parachute jump, says in an e-mail fundraising appeal for the party this morning. “I’m a self-proclaimed sock man. The louder, the brighter, the crazier the pattern — the better! It’s usually the first thing people notice I’m wearing whenever I’m out in public and that’s the way I like it.”

Bush showed up in a pair of blinding footwear at the opening of his presidential center last fall, surrounded by presidents past and present — including his son — and wives wearing somewhat less noticeable hosiery. (Bill Clinton had a cat named Socks, black and white.)

Bush says he was happy to join the party’s 2014 fundraising drive, so long as there were socks involved. In this case, a colorful pair with the Republican elephant and his signature embroidered at the ankle.

For $35, the party is offering a pair.

We first noted the sock drive in April as more colorful than the “I Really Miss Reagan” buttons the party is peddling in honor of that late, former president whom his erstwhile challenger, and later successor, once accused of  promoting“voodoo economics.”

Or the GOP barbecue spatula, good for flipping positions perhaps — as a certain someone did on a lip-read, no-new taxes pledge once.

Or, fast-forwarding to the next presidential election: A T-shirt with the Obama campaign logo blocked by the international stop symbol asking: ``Is it 2016 yet?”

And, of course, bumper stickers, with a theme voiced by a squirrel-costumed protester outside the recent signing of Hillary Clinton’s book, “Hard Choices,” at a suburban Washington Costco.

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