For this week’s Maine Sunday Telegram, I asked a number of presidential scholars, biographers, and political scientists what effect they thought the serial groping allegations against former President George HW Bush would have on his legacy.
Bush is accused of groping ten women — one of whom was 16 at the time of the alleged incident — the earliest in 1992 (when he was still president) and the most recent in the summer of 2016. He has not denied any of the allegations and has apologized for some of them.
As you’ll read in the piece, scholars say the effect on his legacy will likely be minimal — assuming nothing further comes out — in part because not very many people are paying attention.
I wrote about the groping allegations a few weeks ago, wherein we broke news of the fourth accuser, a former Maine Republican state senate candidate.