19 Dec 2014

Why The Hell Would America Ever Elect Another Bush as President?

On Wednesday morning, a former Florida governor named Jeb Bush posted a holiday-themed Facebook post that, aside from reminding us of how even politicians are somebody's dad, announced he would "actively explore the possibility of runningfor President of the United States." Along with being a particularly impressive exercise in Playing It Cool — "hey girl, you want to actively explore the possibility of getting a cocktail?" — Jeb's announcement might've set off some jingle bells in your brain. That guy's last name, it sure does sound familiar.
Jeb, of course, is a Bush, son of George H.W. and brother of George W., the 41st and 43rd presidents of the United States. If he does decide to actively explore running for president, and then actively runs for president, Jeb would be bidding to become the 45thpresident. Then we'd get another one-president break, after which the Bush family would have to trot out someone else, and, locked into this pattern, we'd repeat ourselves ad nauseam until constant email leaks destroyed the country entirely.
It's been over 20 years since H.W. was in office, but the memory of W. is still fresh in the minds of most voting-age American citizens — and there's a good chance those memories aren't all warm and fuzzy ones. W. left office in 2009 with a cellar-floor approval rating (although President Obama's isn'tmuch higher these days); and, for what they're worth, polls of presidential scholars tend to place #43 in the bottom-ten of American presidents, where he joins history-class inside-jokes like Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, James Buchanan, and Warren G. Harding.
This raises a question for Jeb: despite his high approval ratings as governor in Florida, would having W. as a brother be a major hit to his chances of becoming president? And is W. still the albatross that some Americans, particularly those on the left, are convinced he might be?
Although conservative analysts I spoke with were reluctant to discuss the relationship between 61-year-old Jeb and his 68-year-old brother George, there's a decent amount of evidence on the record to suggest that it isn't super-tight. In May, Politico's Maggie Haberman wrote that some insiders had suggested W. was "ambivalent" about Jeb running, and that the two have never been "deeply close" or "formed a reliance on each other as confidants." And in 2008, Slate editor Jacob Weisberg, author of The Bush Tragedy, painted a picture of the pair as siblingrivals, suggesting that jealousy of Jeb "was a factor in George's effort to pull his life together at age 40, when he found God and quit drinking," and that George had "torpedoed" his younger brother's presidential aspirations.
Two details from Weisberg's piece are particularly illustrative. First: "In the hotel suite in Houston where George was celebrating [his win in the 1994 race for Texas governor], his aunt, Nancy Ellis, heard him speaking to his father over the phone. 'Why do you feel bad about Jeb?' he asked his dad, according to one biography of the family. 'Why don't you feel good about me?'"
Then: "While Jeb seems resigned to abandoning politics, family friends have described his parents as devastated that the older son spiked the chances of the younger one. In December 2006, the former president gave a glimpse of this when he paid tribute to his second son at a ceremony to mark the end of Jeb's two terms as governor. Bush began to crack when talking about Jeb's 1994 defeat, and how his son didn't whine or complain about the unfair attacks on him in the election. 'The true measure of a man is ... ' Bush tried to say, now openly sobbing as Jeb approached to comfort him, ' ... is how you handle victory ... and also defeat.'"
But American memories can be both impressively long and shockingly short, and in somewhere in the middle, minds change. Among conservatives, the opinion of W. hasrisen steadily since he left office—a combination of reassessment, wounds healed, and personal affection for the folksy president. Plus, in the harsh light of the Obama presidency, the right has reason to look back fondly on the last time their party held the White House.
"I think George is viewed very differently now than he was in 2008, and we can thank Barack Obama for a lot of that," Florida GOP consultant Rick Wilson told me. W., he said, "is a smart guy in many ways, even if they aren't Harvard Law professor ways. He understands people, and he knew to stay out of the game last time around. But I think W. will benefit Jeb if he does choose to run."

17 comments:

  1. Because they will have the choice of Bush or Clinton female.

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  2. Fool me once, fool me twice, but not a third time….. This man has had his hands in way to many savory situations….. This families given name is Scherff and our country couldn't deal with Hillary or Jeb……Either will take America down…….Remember it is all about the USA INC the corporation….. It is not a government…… and It's not about the people of this country…. Everything spoken by these twits is a lie….

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  3. It5's a trick question!
    (you don't really elect anyone)

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  4. It is because his father and the criminal banks want to elect him, remember? Nobody wants a Bushy stealing more from the people, and killing and looting.

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  5. I know the answer...Watch a BBC Documentary titled STUPIDITY. This documentary is informative and entertaining. Peace to the thinkers.

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  6. We didn't elect the first one. Here's the problem with government corruption: once it becomes so egregious that all of them are openly criminal, they cannot allow anyone to come into power who is smarter, or less corrupt, than they are. Thus, every political generation (2-4 years, in our country), the pool of candidates gets smaller, and stupider, and more corrupt. That's why the cabinet, instead of bringing in new blood each time, keeps retreading the same tired hacks. That's why Obama's Secretary of the Treasury, and Secretary of Defense, was kept over from the Bush administration. The question is, will the ruling political class (Rs and Ds, no distinction) implode before they completely destroy the country? Or will we find a way to clean out the whole echelon first?

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  7. A vote for a Bush is a vote for a CLINTON (& vise/versa)
    Tweedledee&Tweedledum .... neocons&liberals (neocon was INVENTED by the TROTSKYITE COMMUNIST Irving Kristol)
    They are WAVING IT in your FACES ................
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/12/05/george-w-bush-hillary-clinton-is-like-my-sister-in-law/
    George W. Bush: Hillary Clinton is like ‘my sister-in-law’ By Jose A. DelReal December 5 at 10:16 AM
    Former President Bush has spoken at length about his close ties to former President Bill Clinton, at times calling him his "brother from another mother."
    CNN's Candy Crowley asked Bush during an interview published Friday where that leaves Hillary Clinton: "My sister-in-law!" the president responded light-heartedly.
    NeoCon was INVENTED by Irving Kristol and his CABAL of TROTSKYITE COMMUNISTS.
    NeoCon is COMMUNISM wrapped in an American flag.
    NeoCons refuse to WEAR an American uniform ....
    they just wrap themselves in the flag and send YOU and YOURS to be maimed and killed.
    Today's American NeoCons are yesterday's Bolsheviks. SAME THING.

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  8. Roder that..its been rigged for many many years..the POTUS is anointed by the real owners of this God hating country and will burn for turning is back on God.

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  9. Well it is the bush turn to be president.

    Bush
    Clinton
    Bush
    Clinton (black, Kenyan. strangely sexed, version)
    Bush
    Clinton (very old, decrepit, much more ruthless than bill)

    Fool me once, fool me twice, take my guns and murder me but please don't ask me to like it. And please don't pretend to hold fake "elections". Just say the bush faction of the State Tyranny is now in charge for the next eight years or the formal end of the Republic which ever comes first.

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  10. Because it's America.

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  11. Hillary Clinton worked the Republican National Convention as a cheerleader in 1968 and her career went downhill from there. Evidence indicates Bush41 ran a hit teamagainst President Kennedy as Jeb's older brother stood by. Why, indeed would anybody vote for either? Propaganda and several million weak minds needing bed without supper until they wise up..

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  12. They elected Regan twice, Clinton twice, Bush twice, Berry twice. Nothing will change. Opening talks with Cuba, Bush's wife is Cuban.

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  13. Mysterio! BOOGAH BOOGAH20 December 2014 at 08:09

    you beat me to it

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  14. Stop Bush and Obama21 December 2014 at 17:39

    The only reason why anyone would elect another Bush is if the "alternative" is another Clinton... Which we might just see happening.


    FWIW I think even another Clinton would be preferable over another Bush, but certainly not by much. But people are free to disagree about just who is the bigger of 2 huge evils.

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  15. Indeed that is what may be happening. It is the bush turn but shillary was denied her turn so a "choice" must be made by the people who do not usually choose.

    We can choose to die by gunshot or hanging.

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  16. People don`t elect presidents,Diebold voting machines do.Watch the excellent documentary "Hacking Democracy" where the film makers demonstrate how easy it really is to steal votes with these things.

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  17. Because it is always, one way or another, a Bush who can get elected as President of the US.
    This has probably been the case since Jefferson.

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