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The Republicans of Instagram
You can now follow former President George W. Bush
 
This should be interesting.
This should be interesting. (Instagram/George W. Bush)

President Barack Obama won 60 percent of the millennial vote in 2012, compared to only 36 percent for Republican Mitt Romney. In an "autopsy" after the election, the Republican National Committee lamented being known as the party of "stuffy old men" and resolved to attract younger voters.

One Republican who seems to have gotten the message: former President George W. Bush. Yes, the 43rd president of the United States is now on Instagram — and he's not the only Republican documenting his life through a Valencia filter. Here are some of the most prominent members of the GOP posting photos on Instagram.

Former President George W. Bush


What is Bush up to these days? Chilling with basketball legend Michael Jordan at the Ryder Cup and painting in his bathtub. Not a bad way to spend retirement.


And kudos to the ex-president for already understanding that the internet is all about cat photos. Now we just have to wait for the George W. Bush selfie.



House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)


McCarthy represents Bakersfield, Calif., not a part of the state typically known for its glitz and glamor. That doesn't stop McCarthy from posing regularly with celebs like Kate Upton, Denzel Washington, Kid Rock, RG III, and an awkward-looking Richard Dreyfuss. Here is McCarthy with his fictional counterpart, the House majority whip on Netflix's House of Cards, played by Kevin Spacey.


And yes, the congressman has been breaking hearts since Cancun '87.



House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)


Here is Boehner, presumably asking Parks and Recreation star Rob Lowe for the secret to eternal youth.


Boehner played football at Moeller High School in Cincinnati. From a 2010 New Yorker profile:

Moeller was a football powerhouse, coached by the future Notre Dame coach Gerry Faust, and Boehner became a reliable, if unspectacular, two-position regular as a linebacker and a center, earning Faust's respect for playing with pain after suffering a back injury. (Boehner's high-school nickname was, inevitably, Boner.) [New Yorker]



Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)


McCain's maverick uniform circa 1990: Windbreaker, white polo shirt, and a cowboy hat.


The caption reads, "Meghan introduced me Instagram!" Adorable.



New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie


Christie at Carlo's Bakery, in Hoboken, N.J., best known from the TLC reality show Cake Boss. The owner of Carlo's, Buddy Valastro, defended his friend when pundits wondered whether Christie's weight would be a factor in a presidential run, saying, "I don't care if the governor was fat or skinny, purple or white — if he does a good job, he does a good job."


Some people just have New Jersey in their hearts. This photo is from the '80s, obviously.

 
Keith Wagstaff is a staff writer at TheWeek.com covering politics and current events. He has previously written for such publications as TIME, Details, VICE, and the Village Voice.

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