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Quotation

Republicans want to distance themselves from [Iraq] without divorcing themselves from it… This was a Republican president, and it never serves the party well to say that everything the last Republican president did was wrong. And for Jeb, it is even trickier because he is talking about his brother.

— Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University (The Hill: Questioned on Iraq, Bush misfires).