The New York Times fronts the release of secretly taped phone conversations between then Governor George Bush and Doug Wead a former Bush I aid. Although the online article stretches 5 pages, the tapes themselves are not too enlightening. Still, Bush’s faith seems genuine and his refusal to discuss his “youthful transgressions” is almost admirable.
Two points of note–
1) “Mr. Bush told Mr. Wead, ‘Steve Forbes is going to hear this message from me. I will do nothing for him if he does to me what he did to Dole. Period. There is going to be a consequence. He is not dealing with the average, you know, ‘Oh gosh, let’s all get together after it’s over.’ I will promise you, I will not help him. I don’t care.’”
But Bush did tar and feather McCain in South Carolina, doing to him what Forbes “did to Dole.” McCain swallowed hard and helped with the re-election. So does Bush respect McCain, or does he think of him as “the average, you know…”? Rumsfeld will eventually step down and McCain will be nominated to the Defense Department. That was the deal.
2) >”Mr. Bush said he did not intend to change his position. He said he told Mr. Robison: ‘Look, James, I got to tell you two things right off the bat. One, I’m not going to kick gays, because I’m a sinner. How can I differentiate sin?… I think it is bad for Republicans to be kicking gays.’”