"As long as he can make that clear separation, then having a president of the United States on the road, helping with fundraising, going around and talking to people is a very different thing," Winston said.
Bush and McCain exhibited solidarity in the Rose Garden on Wednesday when the president embraced the Arizona senator as the party’s next standard-bearer. But neither offered anything definitive about what Bush’s role would be in McCain’s general election campaign.
Bush, whose approval ratings skidded to 30 percent in February, stresses that the election had nothing to do with him.
"If he (McCain) wants me to show up, I will. If he wants me to say `You know, I’m not for him,’ I will," Bush said. "Whatever he wants me to do. I want him to win. … If he wants my pretty face standing by his side at one of these rallies, I’ll be glad to show up."" Yahoo News
Now, let’s see… Bush and Cheney can show up at Shad Bakes and woodland training camps for the "Tar Heel Militia" and such like that. They can do the country club speakers circuit. Cheney can address the Rotary Club over in St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore where he bought a big, big house with some of that Halliburton money. Am I jealous? You bet I am.
Seriously, Fortune 500 companies will have their corporate luncheon doors open. There are still pals in the Middle East. Friends among the "riche," nouveau or not will always have a warm spot for these guys.
On balance I would think that Bush/Cheney will be a net plus for "fearless John." pl