The 43rd President has told friends the ex-Alaska governor isn't qualified to be President and criticizes Arizona Sen. John McCain for putting Palin on the 2008 GOP ticket and handing her a national platform.
"Naming Palin makes Bush think less of McCain as a man," a Republican official familiar with Bush's thinking told the Daily News.
"He thinks McCain ran a lousy campaign with an unqualified running mate and destroyed any chance of winning by picking Palin."
McCain was tortured until he broke and collaborated with the enemy. From Bush, the younger man, who avoided active duty yet pranced around in a flight suit like a hero, that's a deeply cutting insult. McCain is reminded of his past every time he wakes up in pain. Bush whitewashes his past and gets off scot-free, his critics silenced by dirty tricks.
The right is trying to rehabilitate Bush and therefore themselves. (Which will probably work; you can't be an Exceptional American if you acknowledge that Americans keep screwing up.) McCain was forced to humble himself before Bush but times change, and it'll be very