BuzzFlash: Since Roosevelt, No GOP Prez Candidate Has Won Withoug Bush or Nixon on the Ticket
Nixon was Eisenhower's vice president for eight years
Nixon was elected president in 1968
Since Roosevelt, No GOP Presidential Campaign Has Won Vote Without a Bush or Nixon on Ticket: Jeb Bush 2016? Ugh!
"Gerald Ford served out Nixon's second term but was not elected to office, losing to Jimmy Carter in 1976
Reagan was elected in 1980 with George Herbert Walker Bush as vice president until January 20, 1989
George Herbert Walker Bush was elected president in 1988 and inaugurated on January 20, 1989
George W. Bush was "elected" president (even if by a 5-4 vote of the Supreme Court) in 2000, serving until 2008
That's an incredible testament not to just the thin bench of the evil empire, but to the impact of political branding. In a television age, even Nixon can come back after losing to JFK in 1960 and losing the California governorship to Pat Brown (father of the current CA governor, Jerry Brown) in 1962. Nixon lost the lesser office of governor in '62 and famously declared to the media, "You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference." (See the video of the concession speech here. It's quite astonishing in its bitterness and hostility.) But, of course he rebranded himself with the help of the likes of Roger Ailes and won the presidency in 1968.
Now, there are rumblings that Jeb Bush, who stayed pretty clear of the Romney-Ryan Titanic, might run as a consensus GOP candidate in 2016. And Jeb's son, George P. Bush, has just taken the first step toward running for statewide office in Texas. "