Here were their mutual mistakes: 1. Lack of vision. 2. Not communicating or connecting well. 3. Not keeping their promises. 4. Not recognizing the depths of depravity of their political opponents.Hindsight, that clearest of all visions, suggests Prentice is correct. H.W. squandered the Reagan legacy, W. was "wet," to use Maggie Thatcher's term, and Jeb was just the wrong guy at the wrong time.
While the left was, and is, at war with us (the right), the Bush family appeased it. In a word, they were naïve.
They seemed decent people, but not especially effective. Examples of the Peter Principle it appears. Hat tip to Lucianne.com for the link.