I guess when a politician is this radioactive, you don’t want to stand close to him for too long.
The senator and Mr. Bush avoided any meaningful public appearance together, planning just the briefest of photo opportunities at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in the evening. Mr. McCain and Mr. Bush emerged from opposite sides of their limousine at the airport. They shook hands and waved, and Mr. Bush got on his plane without making a public statement. The joint appearance lasted less than a minute.
For all the McCain campaignâ€™s efforts to exploit the presidentâ€™s trip and then minimize it, the question of Mr. Bushâ€™s role as the head of the Republican Party for the last seven years hovered â€” like the elephant in the room, say â€”and will almost certainly do so until Election Day.
I almost feel sorry for Bush…almost.