A GOP fundraising gimmick featuring George Bush the elder and his “guilty pleasure” of a good pair of socks didn’t get the warmest welcome in the Twitter world this week.
But in politics, as in life, almost everything goes better with a pretty blonde. (In this case, “The Five’s” Dana Perino.)
Check out @DanaPerino‘s @GeorgeHWBush socks! http://t.co/IyHHG3cLnf Donate & Get your pair now. pic.twitter.com/YP98EeUPQB
— RNC (@GOP) April 21, 2014
The campaign kicked off with an email blast Monday morning from the former president, confessing his love of a good pair of socks and advertising a specially commissioned pair available on a limited basis for a donation to the Republican Party of $35 or more.
The email was followed up by a Twitter posting from GOP National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
These will be gone fast. http://t.co/BpfFTGTtfG Donate now for a free pair of limited-edition @GeorgeHWBush socks. pic.twitter.com/PWWthPqqYY
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) April 21, 2014
And that’s where the grumbling started. Really, when you’re in the trenches of a culture war, patrician’s footwear isn’t the top of your list of things to worry about.
@Reince @GeorgeHWBush This is a joke right?
— Ivan Mair (@mair_ivan) April 21, 2014
@Reince@GeorgeHWBush Is this my GOP now?
— Unrepentant (@AndrewsDisciple) April 21, 2014
And shouldn’t an ex-president who also spent time as director of the CIA have more interesting “guilty pleasures” than a pair of socks?
Are these emails I’m getting really from George H. W. Bush? I feel like he has better things to do than tell me about his love of socks haha
— Samantha Christine (@merlinspants07) April 21, 2014
But you don’t get to become chairman of a major political party by being stupid. Preibus pulled out the heavy artillery, with an RNC tweet of “The Five” host Dana Perino — press secretary in the younger Bush White House — showing off the fancy footwear.
She also showed a little leg — just not her own.
The first pair of GHWB socks – on @kimguilfoyle Get your pair at http://t.co/xdzqbwPadN pic.twitter.com/7vS8L06kCq
— Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) April 21, 2014
As expected, the endorsement drew in some fans.
@GOP @DanaPerino @GeorgeHWBush I want those
— Scott Vaughan (@scott__vaughan) April 21, 2014
@GOP@DanaPerino@GeorgeHWBush Those are very cool ! Great show today! Love 2 watch the V everyday! 🙂
— Ele Phant Klein (@ElePhantKlein) April 21, 2014
Not everyone’s going to be happy, of course. This is the Republican Party, and it doesn’t get more establishment that George Herbert Walker Bush and his knitted socks.
“Get your limited edition George H. W. Bush socks” is not a giveaway I’m rushing to sign up for
— Bryce Boltjes (@bryceb) April 22, 2014
Wanna bet Dana could change his mind?
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