With Rick Perry maybe, possibly, y’know it could happen, potentially reprising the role as “Texas governor running for President,” Jeb Bush tries his hand at reminding everyone of the reason the Republican party was soundly defeated in 2006 and 2008.
With the Republican presidential field still not coalescing around a dominant front-runner, despite the incumbent Democrat’s obvious weakness, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he does not “anticipate” running for the White House in 2012.
Yeh, that’s what we thought too.
With Bushes having occupied the Oval Office for 12 of the last 22 years (and the last one leaving with notably low approvals), we figured if Jeb was going to take a turn at the nation’s top political prize, it would be 2016.
At only 58, the family’s likable and most natural politician still has plenty of time, and that timetable would let the fading animus toward older brother George W. fade even further.
But there was Jeb tonight on the Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity show saying, “You never say never.”
Never. As in, “Never have a chance?” Or “Never escape the shadow of his brother?”
In all honesty I liked some aspects of George W. Bush’s presidency and strongly disliked others (ahem, spending). And I also think he was a good man who was savaged by the left to an unprecedented (and disgusting) degree. But it is simply too soon for another Bush in the White House. While his poll numbers since leaving office have risen as people have returned to reality without the daily two minutes Bush-hate from the left, having George Bush to kick around in the 2012 election would be disastrous. Especially in a year in which the GOP has a chance against a weak (and trending towards “unpopular”) sitting President.
As the recession lingers on it is becoming more and more clear that the problem was not George W. Bush. It never was, that was just a nice sounding soundbite that the left used during the 2008 election. Pinning anything and everything bad on George Bush was the thing to do (and for this President it still is). But the recent debt crisis has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that the problem was, and has always been Congress spending too much. People are realizing this. But there is absolutely no reason to give the left the ammunition with which to perpetuate the lie that George W. Bush singlehandedly caused the recession. Because they will. Obama won running against the ghost of George W. Bush in 2008. Don’t let him do it again in 2012.
Jeb, you might be a good man and a good politician. But say “never.”