Is the country ready for yet another President Bush?

The campaign for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination has not yet begun to take form, but Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, tries to lure a familiar name and face into the race:

Jeb Bush.

“In 2008,” Lowry writes, “Jeb’s association with his brother would have been an absolute killer. That’s not true anymore. The controversies that made the Bush years so venomous have faded, and — partly through the miracle of the accelerated news cycle — 2000–2008 already feels somewhat distant.”

Kathryn Jean Lopez, also writing at National Review, seconds that emotion, describing her post as “my pitch for a special on Fox News: ‘Jeb Bush, Governor of the Country,’ a model of conservative leadership in and out of office.”

Lopez’ implicit acceptance of Fox News as the generator of GOP leadership is noteworthy. It’s also worth mentioning that if elected, Bush would become the third consecutive GOP president from a single family, which perhaps says something about the taste for innovation in that party.

Personally, I think the Bush boomlet says as much about the current crop of GOP candidates as about Jeb himself. And after a couple of years of hearing from the right that “George W. Bush wasn’t a real conservative anyway,” it sure would be interesting to see whether the party could embrace George’s more moderate brother.

The truth is, Jeb Bush by any other name would probably be a major contender both for the nomination and the presidency. But unfortunately, for him and perhaps the country, fate cast him as Esau to his little brother’s Jacob.

– Jay Bookman

515 comments Add your comment

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

February 7th, 2011
11:04 am

Well, this is great! The brother of the Greatest President in American History as our next President.

You can’t beat that.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

February 7th, 2011
11:04 am

Oh, and First! Finally.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

February 7th, 2011
11:06 am

I’d like to thank my Mommy and Daddy and brothers and sisters and all the little people that helped make me the person that was First.

BADA BING

February 7th, 2011
11:08 am

Oh Say’ Can You…..find someone that knows the words?

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

February 7th, 2011
11:08 am

Oh, and the missus too. Can’t forget about her.

Dusty

February 7th, 2011
11:09 am

RedNeck, (the first shall be last)

As soon as your mom,. dad, sis, bro learn to read’n'write, they’ll send you a thank you note.

Dusty

February 7th, 2011
11:11 am

The missus RedNeck also..

BADA BING

February 7th, 2011
11:11 am

What could have made the Super Bowl even better? One word……….Camels.

stands for decibels

February 7th, 2011
11:12 am

Jeb Bush by any other name would probably be a major contender

Speaking of names–Jeb’s actual name is “John Ellis Bush.”

I say this because when discussing this well-heeled, well connected man who was born into utter luxury, we do not need to indulge this faux backwoods-hick affectation. One time around with photo ops courtesy of Der ChimpenFührer at the former Texas pig-farm-turned-fake-ranch was enough, wasn’t it?

/drive-by

jm

February 7th, 2011
11:13 am

Look, I think Jeb is an ok guy. But I am against any ruling class in any form (aristocracy, meritocracy, elitist, or otherwise). Among the larger reasons I preferred Obama over Hillary was that Bill and Hillary already occupied the WH once.

The Bush’s have been in the catbird seat enough. Time for someone new, irrespective of their qualities as a candidate.

Matti

February 7th, 2011
11:14 am

Because nobody understands real, hard-working Americans (the kind you want to have a beer with) like silver-spoon blue-blooded, Saudi Royal-Smoochin’ Plutocrats! Wooo-HOOOOOO!

jm

February 7th, 2011
11:18 am

And yes, low tax big spending Republicans are no longer in fashion….

Deep Throat

February 7th, 2011
11:19 am

Jm by your own words you would discount a more experienced, more balanced, more do the right thing for America, more in tune with the issues…………, no matter the party, just because they had a family member in the chiefs seat in the past.
Very closed minded I must say.

@@

February 7th, 2011
11:23 am

The controversies that made the Bush years so venomous have faded, and — partly through the miracle of the accelerated news cycle — 2000–2008 already feels somewhat distant.”

Could’ve fooled me. Tell that to the left-wing activists who forced GWB to cancel an appearance in Geneva due to security threats.

The left’s venom continues to be injected. Take jay’s place for example…

BDS LIVES!

BlahBlahBlah

February 7th, 2011
11:23 am

Obama is unbeatable in 2012 anyway. Might as well send Jeb in there to take the beating.

jm

February 7th, 2011
11:24 am

Deep Throat – I don’t believe in the idea that only one person can run a country “the best”. If that were the case, I’d probably somehow be a Mubarak supporter.

Not closed minded. Intelligent….

There are plenty of good Republican candidates other than Jeb. Maybe you should go explore who they are….

Libertarian

February 7th, 2011
11:25 am

I don’t think anyone can beat Obama. He has to many people who follow him blindly and have no clue why. He hangs with celebs, seems young, plays basketball…people think he’s “cool.” All the Republicans have to offer for the most part are old white guys who seem uptight. Politics has become more like a vote for Prom King than anything else.

Libertarian

February 7th, 2011
11:26 am

pardon the typos…

jm

February 7th, 2011
11:29 am

Libertarian – I’m afraid you’re correct. I kind of shudder at the thought of Mitch Daniels in a debate with Obama. Mitch would make the better president. But Obama has all the charisma. Mitch has the charisma of a bean counter…. but I hope he runs anyway.

We need someone who knows what they’re doing in the WH….

TaxPayer

February 7th, 2011
11:31 am

If Georgie were not a self-professed torturer perhaps he would not have to fear a trial in a foreign land.

Deep Throat

February 7th, 2011
11:33 am

jm , I’m sure there are several Republican candidates, but to be closed minded about any one candidate based on his families previous presidential campaigns is not being intelligent and if your convictions lead you to think that way, I think we would all be interested to know why you feel that way. Either party , it should not be a factor as each is their own and its all about the best person for the country.

USinUK

February 7th, 2011
11:34 am

as they said in each and every one of the Star Wars movies …

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

USinUK

February 7th, 2011
11:35 am

Matti – 11:14 – :lol: well said.

Paul

February 7th, 2011
11:35 am

I’m sure everyone here with a brother or sister would love to have their next promotion or job opportunity based upon…. their brother or sister’s record.

Having said that, I’m biased against family political dynasties. At least when the Democrats tried it with the latest Kennedy the weakness of the candidate was what sunk the possibility. Somehow, that party found a way to innovate,

stands for decibels

“One time around with photo ops courtesy of Der ChimpenFührer at the former Texas pig-farm-turned-fake-ranch was enough, wasn’t it?”

Feeling a little civility-challenged this morning? Your team lose last night? You managed to play the Animal Card and the Nazi Card in the same post -

TaxPayer

February 7th, 2011
11:36 am

Once you’ve seen one Bush, you’ve seen ‘em all. Yet, Republicans want more of the same. They do love their trickle down.

@@

February 7th, 2011
11:36 am

Deposit insurance costs climbing for big banks

Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup combined would have to pay about $1 billion more per year under the new, liabilities-based FDIC insurance fund assessment formula, according to industry estimates.

Shouldn’t have bailed ‘em out. In spite of popular perception…..taxpayers will be paying for for the banks’ spike in costs.

It never ends.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

February 7th, 2011
11:36 am

Either party , it should not be a factor as each is their own and its all about the best person for the country.

And that’s the reason why I’m thinking about running again in 2012. All you Conservatives that never supported me in 2008 see what you got. Maybe you’ve learned something. Especially that a-hole that sent me the plug nickle in the mail.

Paul

February 7th, 2011
11:37 am

TaxPayer

“If Georgie were not a self-professed torturer perhaps he would not have to fear a trial in a foreign land.”

I’ve go to do some stuff. Let me know if your trolling gets any hits, okay?

Dusty

February 7th, 2011
11:37 am

Well, thank you, Bookman, for finally bringing us some good news. The National Review has the feel of the nation. After the present fiasco in Washington, Jeb Bush will be like David, able to kill the giant Goliath with a slingshot.. That is what scares you.

Ho hum. gonna be tough getting fresh propaganda on this one. You drove it into the mud last time.

Matti

February 7th, 2011
11:38 am

If Georgie were not a self-professed torturer perhaps he would not have to fear a trial in a foreign land.

Excellent, reality-based point. However, AtAt still imagines that’s the fault of the ALL-POWERFUL “left-wing activists.” You know, the ones who have managed to achieve domination of the world’s money supply, all the gubmints, and her local high-school gymnasium’s concession stand where nitrate-laden hot dogs will soon be outlawed. Damn activists!

Misty Fyed

February 7th, 2011
11:40 am

Maybe I am closed minded. I don’t know much about JEB but absolutely refuse to believe the Bush family is the only place we can find a Republican candidate..

@@

February 7th, 2011
11:40 am

Taxpayer:

And Obama keeps his hands clean thru rendition. The end result is the same.

Deep Throat

February 7th, 2011
11:41 am

Redneck, you,got my vote.

USinUK

February 7th, 2011
11:42 am

Deep – 11:41 – he’s got mine, too … if, for no other reason than the SOTU wouldn’t be the annual snooze-fest it usually is …

TaxPayer

February 7th, 2011
11:43 am

I’ve go to do some stuff. Let me know if your trolling gets any hits, okay?

I’d say it’s at least on par with yours, if that helps.

larry

February 7th, 2011
11:44 am

Not no………………………………..BUT HE!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Max

February 7th, 2011
11:45 am

Few points:

1) Jeb is more conservative fiscally then his brother ever was, both as president and as Texas governor.

2) Jeb is far more intelligent and articulate and also fluent in Spanish

3) Jeb, unlike his brother, is being touted for his accomplishments not his last name. He is the anti-W

4) Jeb is still very popular in the crucial swing state of Florida

5) Obama’s foreign policy has taken the Bushes’ biggest weakness off the table. With Gates, Petraeus and the Afghan surge, with GITMO still open, with the continued Patriot Act, Obama’s biggest weapons against the Bush name will fall flat. It was Obama, not Jeb, who sent 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.

Dusty

February 7th, 2011
11:45 am

Taxpayer, 11:31

You torture us every day. Do you think that is inexcusable?

getalife

February 7th, 2011
11:46 am

Yeah, let jeb finish w’s job on demolishing our country.

We got our chamber of commerce against Iran sanctions and pretending to lead our country anyway.

Jimmy62

February 7th, 2011
11:47 am

Can’t be worse than another term of Obama.

TaxPayer

February 7th, 2011
11:48 am

And Obama keeps his hands clean thru rendition. The end result is the same.

Well, I didn’t see you mention Georgie’s past association with torture in connection with his fear of traveling abroad so I just thought it appropriate to help you out there. Good to see you at least inferring Bush’s guilt now. Now, what was it you wanted to say about Obama and rendition. Any connection there with Egypt perhaps. Do tell.

@@

February 7th, 2011
11:48 am

Max offers some strategic thinking skills.

Way to go!

jm

February 7th, 2011
11:49 am

@@ 11:36 – just switch to a smaller local bank.

Peadawg

February 7th, 2011
11:50 am

“Is the country ready for yet another President Bush?”

You mean another President who spends like crazy while lowering taxes? Umm….Jay…we’ve had for the past 2 years. You didn’t get the memo?

TaxPayer

February 7th, 2011
11:51 am

You torture us every day. Do you think that is inexcusable?

You could always threaten to extradite me. Besides, someone has to help Jay beat down the right wing nut fanatics since you refuse to help.

USinUK

February 7th, 2011
11:51 am

jm – 11:49 – I thought they all went under … http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/banklist.html

@@

February 7th, 2011
11:52 am

Taxpayer:

I support both men when it comes to enhanced interrogation. The only difference is Bush was up front with it, and Obama implements it on the QT.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award".....

February 7th, 2011
11:54 am

“Is the country ready for yet another President Bush?”

Maybe more so than a second Obama term.

@@

February 7th, 2011
11:54 am

jm:

I’m with a credit union. Just thinking of my fellow man….or woman, as the case may be.

getalife

February 7th, 2011
11:55 am

billo brings up rendition and torture in Egypt in front of the world yesterday so don’t be surprised when other countries file charges.

I doubt jeb will be running for anything after the prosecutions.

TaxPayer

February 7th, 2011
11:55 am

The only difference is Bush was up front with it, and Obama implements it on the QT

I can always count on yew for a good spew.

md

February 7th, 2011
11:56 am

If it comes down to Jeb and Barry, I wouldn’t assume folks would not vote for him.

If unemployment is still around 9/10%, I don’t think it will much matter who the other guy/gal is, Barry will have a hard time holding on……………….

The Leg Lamp is a "major award".....

February 7th, 2011
11:57 am

By the way, am I the only one whose ears still hurt listening to Christina butcher the National Anthem?

getalife

February 7th, 2011
11:57 am

I think it will be a battle of the mormons for the gop.

willard vs jon huntsman.

willard will get it this time.

Matti

February 7th, 2011
11:57 am

4) Jeb is still very popular in the crucial swing state of Florida

Um… If we’re going to start holding up “what’s popular in Florida” as some kind of standard for our nation, we’re already F&%#ed beyond any possibility of salvation. Just sayin’.

Bosch

February 7th, 2011
11:58 am

Okay, so Jeb is the better of the brothers — I mean you got Ned who basically caused the S&L meltdown, or at least was a major player, and his goober brother who broke the country.

Jeb should have been the one to run for POTUS instead of his retarded brother.

Peadawg

February 7th, 2011
11:58 am

“I think it will be a battle of the mormons for the gop.” = Ya and Obama won’t have much competition for the ‘Biggest Democrat Moron”…he wins that one in a landslide.

Paul

February 7th, 2011
11:59 am

Taxpayer

Don’t see how saying I wouldn’t want my fortunes determined by my brother’s life or calling a president a chimp or fuehrer is trolling -

moonbat betty

February 7th, 2011
11:59 am

Hu will be obama’s next VP?

Fang1944

February 7th, 2011
11:59 am

As the completely shaved porn star said, “Read my lips. No more Bush.”

Adam

February 7th, 2011
12:00 pm

The tax debate just shows Republicans want tax breaks, but will not vote for a Democrat even if they get the tax breaks from a Democratic Congress and president. It’s not a REAL tax cut unless the Republicans came up with it. And of course, no matter who gives you the tax cut, Tax Cut and Spend is the best way to raise revenue and spend loads of cash right?

Bosch

February 7th, 2011
12:00 pm

Leg Lamp,

“By the way, am I the only one whose ears still hurt listening to Christina butcher the National Anthem?”

And that abyssmal half time show….

I don’t mean this un-patriotic, but our national anthem is a terrible song to try and sing and people just make it worse throwing in all that extra crap.

Paul

February 7th, 2011
12:00 pm

“I support both men when it comes to enhanced interrogation. The only difference is Bush was up front with it, and Obama implements it on the QT.”

touche’

jm

February 7th, 2011
12:00 pm

USinUK 11:51 – one would almost think…… but not quite

@@ 11:54 – nice of you. people will find the best bank accounts they can when they wake up to all the fees they’re going to be hit with…

Paul

February 7th, 2011
12:02 pm

@@

Didja notice when she was Speaker, Pelosi was kinda quiet on the whole rendition thing when it came to Obama?

The whole episode was a political charade.

getalife

February 7th, 2011
12:02 pm

peadawg,

mormons not morons moron.

Capitol Avenue Cal

February 7th, 2011
12:02 pm

So, bigotry is okay when it suits your purpose?

Adam

February 7th, 2011
12:03 pm

Max: I admit I find it extremely funny that you think Bush’s greatest weakness is his foreign policy. I think you might be missing a few other big ones.

getalife

February 7th, 2011
12:03 pm

harman is leaving after billo outed rendition and torture yesterday.

Peadawg

February 7th, 2011
12:04 pm

“mormons not morons moron.”

LOL oops…touche!

Jackie

February 7th, 2011
12:04 pm

JEB Bush will not be the nominee for the GOP in 2012. The former Bush Presidents have given the voters enough hearburn.

BADA BING

February 7th, 2011
12:04 pm

Maybe Christina shoulda’ written the words on her hand.

md

February 7th, 2011
12:04 pm

“And that abyssmal half time show….”

I second that one…………..looks like Jerry’s World was a bit too full of itself…………

Thank goodness there was at least a semblance of a decent game……

(And where was that crappy catching when GB played the Birds?)

Paul

February 7th, 2011
12:04 pm

getalife

I think Romney will ride the economy to the nomination.

If the con party activists don’t have their way.

Leg Lamp

I felt sorry for her. She has a great voice. Said she got lost in the moment. NFL players with tears running down their faces ought to be what’s remembered.

md

February 7th, 2011
12:07 pm

“And of course, no matter who gives you the tax cut, Tax Cut and Spend is the best way to raise revenue and spend loads of cash right?”

I guess we will find out, because that is exactly what we are currently doing…………………….

The Leg Lamp is a "major award".....

February 7th, 2011
12:07 pm

Adam
February 7th, 2011
12:00 pm

“The tax debate just shows Republicans want tax breaks,…”

I think you meant “Americans” want tax breaks. After all, the Obama tax breaks are now in effect.

ronald

February 7th, 2011
12:08 pm

Go ahead and get it out of your system Jay. You must know that deep down, Jeb is an unbeatable candidate. A moderate/conservative who is beloved in Florida, has few if any blemishes over his record as governor and has widespread Latino support. This is exactly the kind of candidate that lefties should be attacking now. But you guys keep focusing your criticism on Palin….while Jeb Bush and Pawlenty and Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson and the rest of the “real” candidates plan out their strategies.

@@

February 7th, 2011
12:08 pm

This could go either way.

But the moment had a hint of a climbdown. The Brotherhood backed off its demand that Mr. Mubarak step down immediately and make other concessions, for apparently little concrete in return. Suddenly, the one clear demand uniting them with the youths in Cairo’s Tahrir Square – Mubarak’s resignation – was gone.

Those Egyptians who want things to return to normal? It could galvenize them to the MB, in that the MB appears more reasonable. OR…

It could further alienate those Egyptians who will accept nothing short of Mubarak’s immediate resignation from the MB.

getalife

February 7th, 2011
12:08 pm

Paul,

I was surprised he bowed out so early last time .

Yes, the tea party does not like him and he did have willardcare with a mandate.

He will have to bow down to the tea party like the rest of them.

Bosch

February 7th, 2011
12:08 pm

md,

Exactly!

Paul,

People should just sing the frakking song and spare us the ear aches.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award".....

February 7th, 2011
12:09 pm

Paul
February 7th, 2011
12:04 pm

“NFL players with tears running down their faces ought to be what’s remembered.”

Were they crying because of the joy of winning, or because of how bad Christina sang? :cool:

Bosch

February 7th, 2011
12:10 pm

” A moderate/conservative who is beloved in Florida”

Moderate? Jeb will always have the Terry Schiavo albaross around his neck — as he should.

ronald

February 7th, 2011
12:10 pm

And Jay- regarding your comment about the bench of GOP candidates….Lets put the top 7 or 8 candidates from both parties, line them up next to each other, and then you tell me who has the deeper bench. Even the casual outsider would admit that there are FAR more qualified GOP’s. Who are the Dems going to run….Barney Frank? Nancy Pelosi? The only electable Dems were the blue dogs, who are now unpopular in their own party.

md

February 7th, 2011
12:11 pm

“I think Romney will ride the economy to the nomination.”

I suspect you may be correct……..the base will hold it’s nose and vote for him (or abstain), and the moderates and independents would welcome someone (anyone) with a bit of business sense to save the retched economy………

As I said earlier, if the economy and unemployment are still hurting, it won’t matter who the gop puts up, change will be needed………….how ironic that would be.

Paul

February 7th, 2011
12:11 pm

getalife

I wonder if he paid too much attention to the political handlers last time and didn’t go with his gut. Hopefully he’ll go his own way this time. It’s what made him a millionaire.

Bosch

I agree with the trills and swoop-de-do’s. I just want them to sign it according to the notes. That way it’s about the anthem, not the performer.

BADA BING

February 7th, 2011
12:12 pm

3 lowlights at the Super Bowl….Christina, Black Eyed Peas, Cameron Diaz feeding popcorn to A-Rod.

Dusty

February 7th, 2011
12:12 pm

Paul,

There is a weakness about Romney…too polished…too smooth…

We’ve had enough of the “smoothies” and “charisma” for a while. Down to earth is better. Yep, I like Jeb Bush and the more the left hates him, the more I like him. He’s gotta be strong. Bookman is already trying to kick dust on him,.

Paul

February 7th, 2011
12:12 pm

Leg Lamp

Given the timing, I’d venture it was the emotion of the moment and gratitude for this country.

Good wisecrack, though -

stands for decibels

February 7th, 2011
12:14 pm

The former Bush Presidents have given the voters enough hearburn.

“Hearburn?” Is that what you get when someone botches the National Anthem?

Anyway, Paul, if you’re around, sorry I played the Nazi card earlier. No fan of GWB, but he’s certainly no Nazi. I mostly just like the look of “Der ChimpenFührer” on the page.

(”Il Douche-ey” works, too.)

Paul

February 7th, 2011
12:14 pm

Dusty

A guy can’t be down to earth and polished at the same time?!!?

USinUK

February 7th, 2011
12:14 pm

“A moderate/conservative who is beloved in Florida, has few if any blemishes over his record as governor”

two words:

Terry.

Schaivo.

nope. sorry. no Pennsylvania Ave address in his future.

md

February 7th, 2011
12:15 pm

“The tax debate just shows Republicans want tax breaks,…”

Interesting comment………I don’t recall those from either “side” volunteering to have their taxes raised.

USMC dawg

February 7th, 2011
12:16 pm

“Is the country ready for yet another President Bush?”

After witnessing what President Obama has done and intends to do to our country, we would be lucky to have President Bush back.

Obama is far worse than President Bush.

USinUK

February 7th, 2011
12:16 pm

Paul and Bosch – “I agree with the trills and swoop-de-do’s”

GAH!!!! I hate these singers that have to show us their entire range in every. bloody. SONG!!!!

Paul

February 7th, 2011
12:16 pm

sfd

Kinda figured that was it. I know the guy does touch a nerve with some around here.

Me, I’m still bewildered by what happened when he left Texas and moved to Washington.

Maybe we’d have better luck with presidents if we moved the seat of government from Washington DC to Austin?

(and no cracks from the peanut gallery about University of Texas coeds and Clinton, please)

BADA BING

February 7th, 2011
12:17 pm

Who picked the entertainment at the Super Bowl? Tween readers of Tiger Beat magazine? Is that the NFL’s target audience? Why don’t they cater to football fans?

The Leg Lamp is a "major award".....

February 7th, 2011
12:18 pm

BADA BING
February 7th, 2011
12:12 pm

Whew! I must have missed the “Cameron Diaz feeding popcorn to A-Rod” moment. Cameron Diaz kind of creeps me out. She kind of reminds me of a female Eric Roberts.

HDB

February 7th, 2011
12:18 pm

I honestly think that the nation couldn’t stand getting BUSHwhacked for a third time; we had enough with the first two!!

ATF

February 7th, 2011
12:19 pm

Neither Bush we have already had as president turned out to be a very good at it. We should try again. I have always thought that JEB was more intelligent than his brother – JEB can actually speak in whole sentences. But the best Bush would be Momma Barbara Bush. She IS a truth teller and a firecracker. I really like her.

md

February 7th, 2011
12:19 pm

At least next years Super Bowl city should have it a bit easier…….kind of hard to get much worse than this years fiasco………….

Paul……did the folks in Dallas enjoy that mess???