George W. Bush was the first former president since Nixon to skip his first post-office convention, and unlike Bill Clinton, we won't see Bush on the campaign trail, either. The Republican plan, apparently, is for the failed former president to keep as low a profile as possible between now and Election Day.
In fact, the week before the election, Bush won't even be in the United States. Where's he headed? To the most politically inconvenient location on this planet.
Former President George W. Bush is set to deliver the keynote address at the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit on Grand Cayman just a few days before the election.The conference will feature Bush as the keynote speaker on the first night.... The timing of the conference could land awkwardly during an election season that's been marked by speculation about Mitt Romney's finances, particularly his offshore investments in tax havens like the Cayman Islands.
We just saw Mitt Romney's 2011 tax returns and learned that the Republican still stashes cash in the Cayman Islands. We also learned the campaign is playing fast and loose with the facts, hoping the public won't realize that Romney is using the Caymans as a tax-avoidance scheme.
And it's against this backdrop that George W. Bush -- the Republican whose failed policies Romney is accused of wanting to emulate -- is headed to the Caymans, just days before the election, to speak at an "Alternative Investment Summit"? Seriously?