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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 09:19 AM
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The most delusional thing I have read all week
Maybe even all month. Ye gads, the Bushco worship continues in fantasyland, otherwise known as the Washington Post Op Ed page....

Altered State of the Union
What Would Jeb Do?
By S.V. Date
Sunday, January 21, 2007; Page 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.

But what if Jeb had won the Florida governorship in 1994, been reelected and then taken the White House in 2000? How would the nation be different? What sort of State of the Union would he deliver this week?

This is more than an exercise in alternative history. Because of Florida's term limits, Jeb stepped down as governor three weeks ago, but he should not be counted out of the national political scene. I've covered Jeb Bush for eight years as a state capital reporter, and I'm convinced that he remains the GOP conservative wing's best hope for a post-Iraq comeback. And his own political ambitions burn as brightly as ever. Perhaps 2012 or 2016 or -- why not? -- maybe even 2008, if things break right.:scared:

more if you need to purge....

I guess in this alternative universe Osama Bin Laden was Saddam's right hand man...
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iamjoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 09:37 AM
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1. Ah, Jeb - The Smartest of the Bush Boys
and if that ain't damning with faint praise, I don't know what is.

Jeb has said a few things which were spot on. After Wilma, he was commenting on relief efforts (supplies)

"It makes it a lot harder when people line up in their Lexuses or Mercedeses to get ice and water at a public distribution site when the Publix is open a block away."

Of course, the fact that he has the lowest job creation rate since B.D. (before Disney) should say something. Yeah, thanks for the tax cuts which starved our budget.
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 09:37 AM
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2. It is satire...S.V. Date is hated by Jeb

"Dte is one of the best reporters in Florida which means that if Bush made a descending list of his favorite Floridians, Dte would rank below some whose death warrants he's signed."

Tallahassee Democrat

"Love Jeb Bush or hate him, Dte writes, but 'if you want to see what he would do with the nation, take a good look at what he did here in Florida.' Though the Palm Beach Post reporter admits he has a bit of an axe to grind after covering the younger Bush for eight years, he says it's on principle alone, as a critic of Jeb's autocratic ruling style, not his policies. As Dte portrays it, Jeb Bush for president is less a question of 'if' than 'when.' Yet the book is worth close attention regardless of what Jeb decides. Bush's personal story his youth; his business relationships in Miami before taking office (which weren't always savory); his years spent running a highly secretive administration, obsessed with tax cuts and school vouchersis a masterful lesson in political ambition. Most compelling is Dtes examination of the constantly evolving history of the hypercompetitive, hyperpowerful Bush family dynasty; how the family has amassed, wielded and abused political power and entitlement; and how it has evolved after that power and entitlement have been transferred from one generation of leaders to the next."

Publisher's Weekly

"Bush 2008? Anyone who worries at the prospect will want to have a look at this partial and revealing portrait. The Bushes harbor dynastic ambitions, but the old patrician noblesse oblige has changed. Somehow, writes Palm Beach Post Tallahassee bureau chief and longtime John Ellis Bush watcher Dte, Prescott Bushs duty to lead has, through a new combination of chromosomes, mutated into the right to rule. "

Kirkus Reviews

Buy Jeb: America's Next Bush

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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 09:40 AM
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3. I saw that story and refused to read it. There's enough real news without fantasy news.
Shame on the WP
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1monster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 09:44 AM
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4. Jebbie is more articulate and more intelligent, perhaps even more
work oriented than Georgie. But then so are most people. Many students in my ESE classes could say the same of themselves.

And that does not qualify one to be President.

In all honesty, I think Jebbie would have been worse for this country than Georgie is. Simply because he shares the same hardline conservative ideology as his brother and he would have carried out the same plans to implement a dictataorship as Georgie has done, only probably without as many revealing mistakes.
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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 09:53 AM
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5. With a compliant fawning media you are right
He probably would have avoided making the worst mistakes that W did (like Cheney) but would have been more effective in ramming the right wing crap down America's throat. So we might have had a right wing theocracy and an entrenched Repuke majority. Like in Florida.
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