Lost an election? Looking for a new job? No problem, if you're a Republican. George Bush is making a habit of employing G.O.P. candidates after they've lost elections. The President enjoyed a similar favor from Richard Nixon. After Bush lost a 1970 Texas Senate race to Lloyd Bentsen, he avoided political obscurity when Nixon made him ambassador to the United Nations.
His Illinois House seat faced redistricting, forcing a primary run against a fellow Republican and friend, House minority leader Bob Michel.
Lobbied for, and was named, Secretary of Agriculture.