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When A Bush Can’t Win In Texas

February 25, 2020

Every now and then one single story places the political times in which we live into context.  This is such a story.   This article demonstrates how far the Republican Party has drifted from Reagan and Bush to the rapid xenophobic right.  Pierce Bush is campaigning for a suburban House seat as a compassionate conservative — but will that fly in the era of Trump?

The son of Neil Bush and grandson of George H.W. Bush speaks reverently of the contributions of immigrants and has dedicated much of his career to a youth mentorship nonprofit, taking a compassionate approach to conservatism befitting his family name. At a recent campaign event that drew more than 100 Asian Americans to a mansion here, dozens lined up for photos with him before crowding into a small concert hall to hear Bush tout his campaign to keep ‘the most diverse congressional district in the entire United States of America’ in GOP hands.

[Bush] has to make it through two rounds of GOP primaries in Donald Trump’s Republican Party, a test of the public’s appetite for a Bush — even in Texas — at a time when his family name has been disparaged by the president.

His predicament is an extreme version of the conundrum plaguing the party in swing districts: The candidate who’s perhaps best positioned to win sometimes struggles to gain traction in a system that rewards blind fealty to the president. The open-seat race Texas’s 22nd District, which spans the southern suburbs of Houston, has drawn a massive field of 15 Republicans. Most private polling indicates a fierce three-way battle to advance to a runoff from the March 3 primary, and a very real chance Bush gets boxed out.

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