Tonight, Jeb Bush gave a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that showed why, for many of us, he is the best hope for the Republican Party and the conservative movement in America. Predictably at this convention, which once served a useful purpose but in this millennium has become banal, his speech was met with a lack of support. The people who attend year after year at this event are used to Republican politicians showing up to tell them that they are right about everything, and if the rest of the electorate only had their common sense, the world would be a shining city on a hill.

Here are some of the lines Bush uttered that provides some hope that the GOP may someday be more than a party that believes that the solution to all problems is to cut taxes, increase defense, fight as many wars as possible, increase entitlements, cut all other spending, and appeasing the social conservatives:

* “I’m here to tell you there is no us or them. The face of the Republican Party needs to be the face of every American, and we need to be the party of inclusion and acceptance. It’s our heritage and it’s our future and we need to couch our efforts in those terms.”

* “It is not a validation of our conservative principles if we can only point to the increasingly rare individual who overcomes adversity and succeeds in America. Here’s reality: if you’re fortunate enough to count yourself among the privileged, much of the rest of the nation is drowning. In our country today, if you’re born poor, if your parents didn’t go to college, if you don’t know your father, if English isn’t spoken at your home, then the odds are stacked against you.”

* “As a nation, if we get immigration right, and I hope and pray that’s the case this year, we’re going to stay young…America remains younger than all industrialized nations.”

* “Too often we’re associated with being “anti” everything. Way too many people believe Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker…and the list goes on and on and on. Many voters are simply unwilling to choose our candidates even though they are our beliefs because those voters feel unloved, unwanted and unwelcome in our party. This means that we must move beyond the divisive and extraneous issues that currently define the public debate.”

* “We used to be the party that understood personal connections and that they mattered. We need to be that party again. “

It’s interesting to wonder how American history would have changed if he would have beaten Lawton Chiles for Governor of Florida in 1994, the same year that his brother George was elected Texas Governor. He actually understands the nuances of public policy, and hopefully would not have traversed the silly policies that took over the nation in the last decade, and continue to control the GOP.

I don’t know if Jeb Bush will run for President in 2016. I also don’t know if his views can win the nomination unless the GOP changes its nomination policies. But there are few members of the Republican elite who actually understand that every successive Presidential election is less likely to find victory when the party depends on support from white, Christian elderly males.

But CPAC and its ilk can count on publicity seeking reality show hosts to tell them that the emperor has clothes, it’s just that the rest of us can’t see them.