I missed this during the primariestrump was sounded out in 1992 by lee atwater as a replacement for dan quayle as bush 1's running mate
there was talk during that time of replacing quayle, but james baker is the name I remember most prominently, and it went as far as baker changing the state of his residency from texas to I think wyoming? (if anyone remembers, they can correct the details) because there's a rule that the president and vice president can't come from the same state, and bush 1's "home" was a (houston?) hotel room (that I remember from an attack ad against him). Nothing came of replacing quayle because the consensus was that dan quayle (an actual conservative) wasn't the problem. Bush was the problem. People were driving around with bumper stickers saying, "Don't blame me, I thought I was voting republican" because when america elected bush 1 in 1988, we thought we were getting 4 more years of reaganism and instead we got globalism, mid-east wars, nafta, and rockefeller republicanism. President Reagan brought manufacturing jobs back to the rustbelt, then poppy, slick willy, w, and barack hussein obama shipped those jobs to places like mexico and china. Rush Limbaugh used to say that historians would talk of the Reagan era and the Bush-Clinton era. He's right, except it's now the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama era.
Where am I going?White House attacks legacies of both Bush presidents after reports that they refused to vote for Trump
As he watched Trump's campaign, the younger Bush feared he — Bush — would “be the last Republican president,” said the author, who founded the National Medal of Honor Museum this year, after several years as director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum.
“And it wasn't just about Hillary Clinton becoming president,” he said. “It was because Donald Trump represented everything that the Bushes abhorred.”
I remember Bush 2 saying that he thought he would “be the last Republican president” long before Trump announced his candidacy. I thought when he originally said it, it was because of the changing demographics, for which incidentally both bushes along with clinton and obama are largely responsible for failing to defend the southern border.