I’m hoping Jeb Bush will run for president – because his guaranteed demise would be what I hope would be a fitting end to the Bush Dynasty.
Earlier this month he said:
“I kind of know how a Republican can win, whether it’s me or somebody else—and it has to be much more uplifting, much more positive, much more willing to be, ‘lose the primary to win the general’ without violating your principles. It’s not an easy task, to be honest with you.”
In other words, if he isn’t elected, it’s because he’s too good for us! That’s similar to his earlier remarks that Americans should welcome massive immigration because we’re impotent loafers who should be displaced by active and philoprogenitive foreigners.
And what “principles” has the Bush Dynasty ever had besides enriching themselves and the rest of the moneyed elite?
There are three main reasons why Bush won’t slide behind the desk in the Oval Office. First, if the Republicans manage to win the whole thing, the winner almost certainly will champion immigration restriction. Whether the candidate, once in office, betrays the voters on immigration, as Republicans in Congress now are repudiating the Nov. 4 vote, is another matter.
But immigration will be the issue of 2016, especially in the GOP primary gauntlet.
Second, Bush backs the centralizing Common Core schools scheme. According to Bloomberg, he’s calling it an extension of his “A+ Plan” from when he was governor of Florida, which emphasized standards and testing. But why is this a federal job? And Common Core, in addition to dumbing down standards already existing in many states, is a massive politically correct brainwashing effort.
Feisty local networks of conservatives have grown up around the country to oppose Common Core and strongly will oppose any Bush candidacy.
Third, Americans still have Bush fatigue. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars Jeb’s brother, President George W., started and lost still are simmering, as the new war against ISIS shows. And the country only partly has recovered from the 2008 economic meltdown that hit as W. was heading out the door.
Pappy Bush, president 25 years ago, is remembered more fondly. But he also had an Iraq fixation and crashed the economy, in his case after breaking his solemn 1988 GOP Convention pledge, “Read my lips! No new taxes!”
Despite all this, I like to be helpful. So here’s a slogan for Jeb’s campaign, “I’ll finish the job my dad and W. started in Iraq!”
John C. Seiler, Jr., writes from California.