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Friday, November 23, 2012

Republicans Overcome with Bush Frenzy

Posted by on Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

The New York Times says, "Jeb Bush in 2016? Not Too Early for Chatter." Actually, it kind of is too early for chatter—the president hasn't even been inaugurated for the second time, for Christ's sake—but the Times's heart wants what the Times's heart wants:

When Senator Marco Rubio of Florida held a strategy session here to discuss his own political future last week, the question of [Jeb] Bush, a mentor, hung over the room; a decision by Mr. Bush, 59, to seek the Republican nomination would almost certainly halt any plans by Mr. Rubio, 41, to do so or abruptly set off a new intraparty feud.

Mr. Bush is said by friends to be weighing financial and family considerations — between so many years in office and the recession his wealth took a dip, they said, and he has been working hard to restore it — as well as the complicated place within the Republican Party of the Bush brand. Asked this week about whether his father would run, Jeb Bush Jr. told CNN, “I certainly hope so.”

The nomination is Bush's, if he wants it. (Hell, the 2008 nomination was Bush's, if he wanted it. There was a point there, when Santorum and Romney were bloodying each other up around the rust belt, where Bush could've just waltzed in and won the Republican nomination with virtually no effort at all.) But I don't think we're going to see a rehabilitation of George W. Bush anytime soon. Quite a few—maybe a majority—of Republicans are ready to forgive W. for his presidency, but I don't think a majority of the electorate is. Eight years might not be enough to wash the stink off the Bush name, and if Jeb is going to run, he's going to have to embrace his brother, because Romney proved that running away from personal issues isn't a great plan.

 

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@13, John F. Kennedy was the son of a Nazi fan and generally awful guy.
Posted by sarah70 on November 24, 2012 at 3:06 PM · Report this
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@12:

After what we've seen from the reigns of two Bushes, I hope and pray that the former boyfriend of Kim Kardashian has a better chance of being elected President than any descendant of Prescott B., Connecticut Senator and Hitler enabler.
Posted by N in Seattle http://peacetreefarm.org on November 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM · Report this
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I think the third George Bush - Jeb's oldest son who bright, half-Hispanic and good-looking - that will be the next Bush to be president.
Posted by westello on November 24, 2012 at 10:14 AM · Report this
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Hilary will be 69 in 2016. That's a bit long in the tooth to be nominated to serve (hopefully, from the standpoint of the party) 8 years. Being too old is probably a good part of why McCain lost.
Posted by sarah70 on November 23, 2012 at 7:32 PM · Report this
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@4 Of course Hillary is going to run.
Posted by I Got Nuthin' on November 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM · Report this
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If it actually kind of is too early for chatter," then stop chattering, Paul Constant. Or keep it up and embrace your undeniable punditry.
Posted by tabski on November 23, 2012 at 3:04 PM · Report this
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Poor Bush, having to rebuild his wealth because of too many years in public life! Let's do the noble thing and refuse his offer to run for president. We can make it without his noble sacrifice.
Posted by Clayton on November 23, 2012 at 3:02 PM · Report this
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The GOP running another Bush for president is about as good an idea as if the Democrats decide to run Olympia Dukakis.
Posted by bobbyjoe on November 23, 2012 at 2:43 PM · Report this
heywhatsit!? 6
Too fucking soon. I'm still trying to digest food, For fucksakes.
Posted by heywhatsit!? on November 23, 2012 at 2:43 PM · Report this
Timrrr 5
The GOP: Tirelessly endeavoring to finding more & better ways of shooting themselves in the foot, rather than just putting their feet on the ground and facing reality!
Posted by Timrrr on November 23, 2012 at 2:37 PM · Report this
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If Obama cuts SS and Medicare and the economy crashes under his watch, that combined with the 30 second short term memory of the electorate, weak democratic opponent (no Hillary won't run), election machine fraud, and a Jeb Bush campaign that doubles down on Latino voter outreach, will probably help Jeb win the Presidency.
Posted by neo-realist on November 23, 2012 at 2:04 PM · Report this
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oh groan .. big deep fat bored really that’s all they’ve got sorta groan
Posted by olive oyl on November 23, 2012 at 1:57 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
Terri Schiavo! He believes government should interfere in life and death family decisions and may it haunt him forever!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on November 23, 2012 at 1:51 PM · Report this
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...The nomination is Bush's, if he wants it. (Hell, the 2008 nomination was Bush's, if he wanted it....

I think you mean the 2012 nomination?
Posted by Ancient Sumerian on November 23, 2012 at 1:41 PM · Report this

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