Fox News’s Steve Doocy just snared an interview with Barbara Bush, a discussion that spanned the former first lady’s literacy efforts, her life accomplishments . . . and the media! In a question that drove at the speculation over the 2016 presidential race, Doocy asked Bush if she’d checked out the New York Times column by Maureen Dowd titled, “Brace Yourself for Hillary and Jeb.”
Bush answered that she did indeed “see that.” She continued, “Anything to make news. Did you read about the man who died and in his obituary . . . who said don’t send flowers, don’t send donations to anything — cancel your New York Times subscription. So I did.”
“The man” to whom Bush referred appears to be one Leonard M. Smith, who died last November at the age of 86. His obituary requested: “In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you cancel your subscription to The New York Times.”
The disconnect here is that the Dowd column, despite Bush’s put-down, pretty much squared with her very public and somewhat controversial position on a possible presidential run by her son Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida. Though she regards Jeb Bush as the most qualified candidate, she said in a recent interview, “If we can’t find more than two or three families to run for higher office, that’s silly, because there are great governors and great people eligible to run.” She has also said, “We’ve had enough of Bushes.”
Now for what Dowd wrote in her opinion piece: “Our meritocratic society seems increasingly nepotistic and dynastic. There was a Bush or a Clinton in the White House and cabinet for 32 years straight. We’re Bill Murray stuck at 6 a.m. in Harold Ramis’s comic masterpiece, ‘Groundhog Day.’ ”
A mind-meld, in other words, between the former first lady and the New York Times columnist. Time to restart that subscription.