Jeb Bush says a 2016 run for the White House is not ruled out. This as the former Florida governor makes the rounds pushing his new book, Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution. Bush told Matt Lauer of the Today Show that a decision to run for Republican Party nomination is still a long way off. Bush will be speaking at the CPAC 2013 convention in Baltimore along with Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney, as well as other GOP notables. There has been some ire in the Media about Chris Christie not being invited to be among the 22 speakers at CPAC, although they forget that he gave the keynote address last year, which usually means no invite the following convention. So, is America ready for another Bush presidency?
I have mixed feelings about Jeb Bush. He seems okay in general and I′m sure his heart is in the right place. What bothers me, I suppose, is the growing suspicion that the only candidate the Republicans can field to win the presidency is another Bush. Have not two been enough already?
Politically, the GOP has a much deeper bench of potential candidates than do the Democrats for 2016. Aside from Chris Christie and Marco Rubio, we also have Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal at the very least. Then there are the wild cards like Sarah Palin, Rick Perry and Dr. Ben Carson, who appears to be gearing up for some political career after he retires from Johns Hopkins. For the Democrats, we have Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. Kind of like those old, cheesy movies where two iguanas are passed off as dinosaurs locked in a life and death struggle.
Jeb Bush may do a 2016 run for the White House given that he has some credentials on immigration and education issues which could be favored by voters. Even by those naughty, Low-Information-Voters! Bush wiggled out of committing to running for president when interviewed by Matt Lauer on the Today Show Monday. The Republican Party is still getting over the Mitt Romney loss and many see Marco Rubio as a potential savior for the GOP. But there is no doubt that Jeb Bush carries a lot of gravitas and political influence. Which brings us back to the question of whether or not America is ready for another President Bush?