He didn’t mention Donald Trump’s name, but there was no doubt George W. Bush was talking about him. For the last year now, Donald Trump has been behaving like the Democrat he is, not only attacking GWB but flirting with 9/11 truther nonsense and saying Bush “lied” us into the Iraq War. President Bush has pretty much stayed quiet.

Until now.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Without naming Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, former President George W. Bush delivered an incisive critique of his policies of “isolationism, nativism and protectionism” at a private fundraiser in Cincinnati on Tuesday for Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, according to four people who attended.

Mr. Trump has broken with GOP orthodoxy and pushed an “America First” platform that calls for renegotiating trade deals, reconsidering longstanding military alliances, and curbing immigration by Muslims and people from countries beset with terrorism. He has repeatedly denounced Mr. Bush for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, though he never publicly opposed the war before it began.

Good for him.

And then there was this, as just another reminder of what a man of character and class is about:

Mr. Bush also stressed to Mr. Portman’s donors that the institution of the presidency was more important than the occupant of the White House. Criticizing President Obama, he said, would demean the institution. Even in troubled times, “we’re lucky because we’ll always have the presidency,” Mr. Bush said, according to one attendee.

How pathetic has it become?

We’ve gone from that, to a guy who bashes gold star families, POW’s and mocks disabled reporters.