Some irony, too. George H.W. Bush was an honorable man with odious responsibilities. He was elected because he was a good Republican, a party soldier, past head of the GOP, a war hero, an ambassador on the world stage, leader of the nation’s intelligence agency, two-term vice president, and all-around nice guy with a storybook marriage and family. And he was denied a second term because the new breed of Republicans undermined him for not being partisan enough.