George W. Bush swings hard at Ted Cruz

  • 20 October 2015
  • NormanL
George W. Bush swings hard at Ted Cruz

Former President George W. Bush has been relatively quiet about political matters since the end of his second term. Not any more. At a fundraiser for his brother Jeb's presidential campaign, Bush pulled the gloves off and went after Sen. Ted Cruz in a very big way:

“I just don’t like the guy,” Bush said Sunday night, according to conversations with more than half a dozen donors who attended the event.

Bush took a harsh view of Cruz’s apparent alliance with Trump, who stood with the senator at a Capitol Hill rally last month in opposition to the iran">Iran deal. While Trump, the current GOP poll leaders, has attacked most of his competitors in the 2016 field, he has avoided criticizing Cruz.One donor, paraphrasing the former president’s comment in response to a broad question about how he viewed the primary race and the other Republican candidates, said: “He said he found it ‘opportunistic’ that Cruz was sucking up to Trump and just expecting all of his support to come to him in the end,” that donor added.

The words of a frustrated older brother? Or a moment of establishment truth?

We'll let the voters decide what they think of the Bush and Cruz campaigns. But it's clear, given the difficulties so many big name candidates have had making headway against Mr. Trump, Dr. Ben Carson, and their own political records, that frustration is growing inside some campaigns.

That's politics. And so long as the GOP field remains crowded, we should expect sharp elbows, and more, to fly as we approach the Iowa caucuses.