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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 04:09 AM
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So, do you think Jeb Bush will run for POTUS?
Or, perhaps VP? Egads.


What Would Jeb Do?

By S.V. Date
Sunday, January 21, 2007; B01

Tuesday would have marked his sixth State of the Union address -- and it might have been his best yet.

The nation is in great shape, President Jeb Bush would have reported: record tax cuts propelling the economy to greater heights; a revolutionary school-vouchers program for the first time granting low-income parents real education choices; and, five years after the capture of Osama bin Laden, the final 20,000 U.S. troops returning home from Iraq. The president would break into his fluent Spanish and wave at his Mexican-born wife, Columba, gazing at him from the balcony. The cameras would settle on their eldest, George P. Bush, 30, and commentators would speculate on whether the dashing lawyer would soon run for Congress and carry on the Bush dynasty.

Yet contrary to the best-laid plans of the Bush family, it won't be John Ellis "Jeb" Bush addressing the nation this week, all because of that disastrous November Tuesday a dozen years ago. That was the day Jeb -- the articulate and handsome workaholic, the one who as a boy spoke of his White House ambitions, and the one the Bush family counted on to avenge the Great Usurpation of 1992 -- narrowly lost his bid to be governor of Florida. Meanwhile, his older brother George W. had overcome long odds and won the Texas governorship, putting George an insurmountable step ahead of Jeb in the race for the presidency.

~snip~

No one should write Jeb's political epitaph just yet. Even a 2008 presidential run should not be ruled out entirely. ...

In all likelihood, though, 2008 would be tough. The Iraq war is not getting any more popular, and U.S. troops may not be coming home quickly enough to allow Jeb a credible run.

A better fit for Jeb this time around is the number two slot. It would ensure his claim to be the GOP's front-runner in future contests. Coming on the heels of the George W. Bush presidency, the prospect of a Vice President Jeb Bush is not quite as scary as a President Jeb Bush. And the campaign trail is the ideal venue for Jeb to sell himself to the national media. The gap between Jeb, the Serious and Thoughtful Grownup, and George, the Perpetual Frat Boy, would become a major story line.

McCain swung by Tallahassee in December 2005 to sound out Jeb about running with him, and any Republican candidate would be foolish not to put him on the short list. He can raise money by the bucketfuls. Unlike his father and brother, Jeb does not tread gingerly through debates as though they were minefields, but uses them to his advantage. The fact that he has a Mexican-born wife could put Democrats on the defensive in California. And he remains popular in electoral-vote-rich Florida.

Jeb Bush will turn 54 next month. He has plenty of time. Given his personality and his sense of mission -- not to mention that his father and brother have already succeeded at this -- it seems impossible that Jeb would not run for president. Whether in two or six or 10 years, the United States will face the prospect of yet another Bush in the White House. ... And ultimately, if Jeb is hobbled by the myth or reality of "Bush fatigue," one cure seems certain: Hillary Rodham Clinton. Should the junior senator from New York run away with the Democratic nomination, Jeb would have a ready answer for those who lament a Bush Dynasty.

"We're going to have a dynasty either way," he could respond. "The question is: Which one do you want? My family or hers?"


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/19/AR2007011901364.html
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CJCRANE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 04:14 AM
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1. Clinton/Bush '08!
Why don't Hillary and Jeb cut out the middle-man (the voters) and agree on a joint venture.
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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 05:21 AM
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7. Yeah, let's just get it over with! lol. n/t
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enigmatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 04:15 AM
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2. Not in 2008
The name "Bush" is poison for the near future (and probably/hopefully for the next generation); he might make a run in 2012, but he won't come close to winning the nomination.
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wakeme2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 04:33 AM
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3. McCain/Jeb 08 is my bet
and all the campaign stuff will be marked McCain/Jeb vs McCain/Bush...
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 05:08 AM
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4. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!
Edited on Sun Jan-21-07 05:09 AM by krispos42
Oh, please no. Hell no. No fuckin' way. God who art in Heaven hallowed by thy name NO! Jesus, tell your Daddy 'NO!' Oh great Budda, STOP THE INSANITY!!!!!! Jehovah, The One Who Is, make the power of Your presense known and say NO! Allah, for whom Muhammad is your prophet, stop this tragedy for the sake of your followers! Lord God in Heaven, blessed be thy name, NO! Phos, the god with the Great and Good mind, send this plan of Skotos back to the frozen Hell from whence it came! Flying Spaghetti Monster, the power of your Noodley Appendage can prevent this atrocity! Oh infinately powerful Invisible Pink Unicorn, use the power of your mighty forehead horn to halt the madness! Zeus, Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Poseidon, mighty Apollo, heed my words and save the ignorant conservatives from themselves by stopping this fundamentally wrong possibility!!!





I hope this clarifies my position on this matter.
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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 05:15 AM
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6. Lol!
Yes, I think your position is clarified.
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JohnnyLib2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 05:40 AM
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9. Dang old wishy-washy librul.

:applause: :hi:
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Eurobabe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 05:12 AM
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5. Fuck no, he's probably sick of cleaning up Junior's messes since childhood
Talk about a dysfunctional family?!?!
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 05:32 AM
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8. Watching his slacker brother screw up the country is Jeb's punishment for giving him Florida in 2000
Too bad the rest of us -- and the planet -- are suffering even worse.

Jeb's chances are ruined forever, is my hope. I hope that whole misbegotten family of Bushes squirms in shame when they think of the Chimp being president for 8 years, hooting and throwing fruit around the Oval Office.

:argh:

Hekate

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fujiyama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 05:49 AM
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10. Not this year
I think Jeb wants to make more money, perhaps as a crooked lobbyist, over the next few years. Besides the Bush name is a negative, nationwide at this stage, even though Jeb himself may be relatively popular in his home state.

I'd expect him to be a presidential or vice presidential possibility in '08, or '12, depending on whether republicans win next year.
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izzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 07:31 AM
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11. Yes and I am for a party to keep Clinton's and Bush's out
Ruling families are just bad business.
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democrat in Tallahassee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 07:42 AM
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12. who the hell wrote this? Dictated by Jeb? Imagined Bush fatigue
"foolish not to put him on the short list?" the cure is "hillary clinton" This is so stupid. Does anybody imagine that anybody wants another bush EVER?
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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 08:33 AM
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13. "articulate, handsome workaholic, who's still so very, very popular"
who has gone on record stating he'll miss the towel service and food at the Gub's mansion.

Everything I WANT in a pResident!

:sarcasm:
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 09:19 AM
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14. So WaPo is openly supporting a Jeb run. BIG surprise.
:eyes:
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