Ed Gillespie served as President George W. Bush’s right-hand man and now is a top political adviser to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
R. Glenn Hubbard and Greg Mankiwled Mr. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers. Now they are Mr. Romney’s economic brain trusts.
The same can be said for his foreign policy team, where Mr. Romney boasts a number of faces from the Bush old guard, including former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Today, they are the former Massachusetts governor’s go-to guys on counterterrorism.
Mr. Romney’s corps of advisers, in fact, is heavily salted with figures who surrounded the 43rd president as he watched over massive increases in federal spending, the creation of more government programs and the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the nation-building efforts that followed.
These moves helped give life to the tea party movement’s battle cry of limited government that has reshaped the political landscape.
The choices threaten to complicate Mr. Romney’s vow on the campaign trail to lead the nation on “a different course, a new course unlike any of our past,” and appear to play into the message that President Obama is touting on the stump: that Mr. Romney wants to drag the nation back to the era of deregulation and trickle-down economic thinking that sparked the financial crises in the first place.
“There are a couple of new faces, but not nearly as many as there should be,” Republican strategist Michael McKenna said. “The terrible thing is that [Mr. Romney] is helping Obama make his case: ‘Hey, we are going back to the Bush administration.’ “
The danger for Mr. Romney is that he risks reminding voters too much of the days of the former president, who oversaw major defeats for his party in the 2006 and 2008 elections and who left office with an approval rating of 22 percent in the final CBS/New York Times poll of his presidency.
The bitterness has not abated. In a CNN/ORC poll, 57 percent said Mr. Bush and other Republicans are more responsible for the nation’s economic woes, while 29 percent said Mr. Obama and other Democrats bear the blame.
If George W's economic team is running Mitt's policies, and they still believe in all the policies that caused the last crash, shouldn't we be worried? Look I know taking away women's rights is the most important thing but I'm just not sure I willing to have another great depression to turn back the clock by 100 years.