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Pres Bush got into politics as a joke.
The story goes that George was on a campout with the boys and as they were sitting around the campfire feeling no pain from all of the alcohol they had consumed the subject of Texas politics came up.
George had passed out as a result of winning the shot contest held a few minutes before and did not hear as his buddies started making jokes about him running for governor of Texas based solely on his name recognition.
Karl Rove said, “look at him, he is lying there drunk, has no idea we are even thinking about him running for governor, but we can talk him into and I will guide him all the way. Hell, I might take him all the way to the White House.”
When the laughing stopped the boys said, George has never done anything on his own in his life except fail and knew there was no reason to put a real politician on the ballot because Anne Richards had Texas in better shape than it had even been financially.
There were two common denominators among the men on the camping trip; one, they were all in the oil and gas business and two, they were all extremely wealthy.
So, as a lark, they decided that they would see just how dumb the people of Texas were and would throw George’s name into the race.
The next morning, still suffering from a hangover, his pals informed George that they intended to raise money on his behalf to run for governor of Texas.
George was in shock. He says, “I can’t run for Governor. I can barely talk.” His friend Karl told him not to worry, he would handle all of that for him.
It seems Karl had a nasty streak in him that no one had ever seen. Karl told one of the campers (who spoke to this writer that his identity never be concealed) that night that there was no way for George to get elected on his past because he had never done anything, so they would go at it from a totally different angle; they would smear the name of the incumbent governor, Ann Richards.
And, smear they did. How else could you explain someone who had never done anything in his life being elected President of Texas against an incumbent who left behind a huge surplus of money, a balanced budget, and a very low unemployment rate.
Sounds all too familiar, doesn’t it?