Jeb?

 

In a column in the Washington Post headlined “Don’t Forget About Jeb,” Jennifer Rubin:

It is still not clear whether Jeb has the yen to run. But sometimes events come together in just the right sequence. Over the last year Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), for whom Jeb is a mentor, has hit the skids. This raises the real possibility that Rubio might not run in 2016 or if he does, could fade fast. Jeb would therefore not feel compelled to defer to his junior senator. Meanwhile, the government shutdown undermined the credentials of far-right senators, immigration reform is back on the radar and the party is searching for an affirmative agenda. Jeb may not have moved closer to the party, but the party is moving closer to him. And, most importantly, it may need a seasoned pro to take on the Clintons.

What about the Bush name? Well, Bush 43 has favorability ratings higher than the president. If Hillary Clinton is going to be the Democratic nominee, the elite media can hardly whine about “dynasty” politics. “Bush” may not be the hardship it once was for Jeb. There is also something to be said for someone with experience who has been elected twice in a swing state, but who is still a fresh face for many voters.

Jen may be on to something here, no?

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    @Freeven
    Frank Soto

    Freeven

    Kozak: Seriously, this nepotism/ dynasty politics has to end.

    I share the concerns about Jeb’s statist tendencies, but all the hysteria about “dynasties” makes me wonder about you folks. We live in a republic, people. It’s not like he’d get the job through inheritance. You vote for him, or you don’t vote for him, based on his own merits. Sometimes I think a liberal wind sweeps through this place and gets people talking nonsense.

    And nepotism? Better look that one up.

    You dismiss this complaint to easily.  Are we really to believe that 3 of the most qualified people to run the country in a 25 year span, were all from the same family?  · 30 minutes ago

    Don’t be silly. By that logic Obama is qualified to run the country. People get who they vote for, and if that’s another Bush, so be it. I don’t have to like it, but all the ranting about dynasties just makes me chuckle. Plenty of serious objections to Jeb without going there.

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    @FrankSoto
    Freeven

    Frank Soto

    Freeven

    I share the concerns about Jeb’s statist tendencies, but all the hysteria about “dynasties” makes me wonder about you folks. We live in a republic, people. It’s not like he’d get the job through inheritance. You vote for him, or you don’t vote for him, based on his own merits. Sometimes I think a liberal wind sweeps through this place and gets people talking nonsense.

    And nepotism? Better look that one up.

    You dismiss this complaint to easily.  Are we really to believe that 3 of the most qualified people to run the country in a 25 year span, were all from the same family? 

    Don’t be silly. By that logic Obama is qualified to run the country. People get who they vote for, and if that’s another Bush, so be it. I don’t have to like it, but all the ranting about dynasties just makes me chuckle. Plenty of serious objections to Jeb without going there. 

    So you are ok if the American people vote for a given family in perpetuity, and have no fears that this means that democracy is no longer functioning properly?

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    @Cary

    Peter,

    I love your work and I think you’re a great conservative.

    Having declared that; Jeb?  Really?  After 12 combined years of the Bush’s senseless compassionate conservatism and big spending Republicanism you want to go for another 4-to-8?  What is it with you and this guy?

    Let me be so presumptuous as to give you some advice from a Peter Robinson-friendly and long time Ricochet member:  Stop it.  I mean no offense to you personally whatsoever but please for the love of all that’s Holy and good on Earth; stop it.

    “Another look at Jeb?”  No.  How many one-more-look-at-Jeb articles and various posts do conservatives have to endure?  We’ve had (what feels like) thousands of yet-another-look-at-Jeb trial balloon pieces across the web since 2007 and there’s been no discernible national outcry of enthusiasm for him except from those who apparently believe it’s the intellectually appropriate and reasonable thing to do.

    Move on from the Bush’s at the national executive level.  Good, bad, or indifferent they have secured their place in history.  Enough is enough.

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    EThompson

    Peter Robinson:

    What gives?  

    There is an enormous amount of class resentment in this country and it is just as prevalent in the GOP as it is among ‘progressives.’ · January 15, 2014 at 7:29pm

    That’s absolutely unfair.

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    @Mikescapes

    Who else? Rubio, sin carisma, shot his load a while back and fell flat. He’s a Jeb protege and was never anything but a stalking horse for his fellow Floridian anyway. The Bush name? Well, the Clinton name isn’t exactly new to the presidency.  Scott Walker? Why not? From here (a ways off) it wouldn’t be a bad ticket – either way. Bush is more than just another white politician. He’s a white Latino, sort of. See George Zimmerman. Speaks the language fluently. Don’t underestimate that. And was popular with the Hispanics in FL. Granted many are white Cubans there, but still. He’s married to a Mexican and has fine children. He  didn’t get divorced I hope. Above all, face it, he’s much smarter than George and speaks the English articulately.

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