First Bush, then Clinton.
Then Bush, and now Clinton again?
The scenario itself is not new.
Hillary Clinton faced it before, in 2008 (in today’s edition of look how young they all looked):
Yet the first time the nation confronted a Bush-Clinton contest, it was a direct competition, not a question of the same old families following the same old families — as Barbara Bush has put it.
And that ”Read My Lips” — predating the anti-tax pledge to which Grover Norquist has committed half the House and two-fifths of the Senate — proved a big liability for the first President Bush.
Bill Clinton’s 1992 national tv ad criticizing Bush Sr. for raising taxes http://t.co/mKlcYyLeDW
— Grover Norquist (@GroverNorquist) July 6, 2014
Which begs the question of the next time the nation confronts such a choice.
Republican Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio all have signed the pledge. And Norquist is keeping an eye on the rest of the potential 2016 pack.
Surely, there’s a gas tax somewhere that has one of their names on it?
Bill Clinton threw gas taxes at President George H.W. Bush.
As the presidential election of 2016 seeps into the midterm contest underway.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 2, 2014
Good George Will column: Stopping a lawless president: http://t.co/nZCUAg5rcf.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) June 23, 2014