George W. Bush

White House, NYT Really Annoyed George W. Bush Was in Selma

By on 3.9.15 | 12:04PM

The prevailing theory is that no Republicans were in Selma this weekend to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Selma march that provided a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights movement.

One quick look at various GOP leaders' Twitter streams and that notion is fairly easily dispelled. Sens. Tim Scott, Jeff Sessions, and Susan Collins were all there, as well as Rep. Kevin McCarthy, RNC chair Reince Priebus, and a number of others, including former President George W. Bush, who walked on the front lines and was given a place of honor on stage during the speeches.

Of course, George W. Bush doesn't have the kind of over-active Twitter feed to demonstrate his commitment to civil rights on, and if you were paying attention to basically any dispatch from the Selma event, you'd never even know he was there. The New York Times, for starters, cropped him and his wife Laura right out of the photo they put on their front page.


Chastened by Iraq

By From the November 2013 issue

THE ODDS IN September were in Bill Kristol’s favor. Bashar al-Assad’s army had been caught using sarin gas, the president was beating the war drums, and Kristol, the editor of the Weekly Standard and an accomplished foreign policy percussionist himself, was optimistic that an American intervention in Syria was coming. Asked on CNN about opposition from congressional Republicans, particularly that of Sen. Rand Paul, Kristol was dismissive. “There are really five senators who are with Rand Paul. There are maybe 30 or 50 House Republicans,” he said. Kristol later warned that Republican lawmakers who voted for intervention might face some blowback from their base, but that ultimately, “Republican primary voters are a pretty hawkish bunch.”