A New /Old Face?

Crossposted at The Rockefeller Republican


After two terms as governor, he had cut taxes, enacted the most extensive public school reform in any state, restructured health care and, after dealing with some three dozen natural disasters of varying degrees of severity, earned praise for crisis management. In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans, he held an approval rating of 63%. Friendly, self-deprecating, well-read and articulate, he stood in a strong position to capture the 2008 Republican nomination for president—but his last name is Bush.

Jeb Bush, knowing full well that the nation would not elect another member of his family this time around, went into political hiding, coming out only occasionally to give a speech, or host a diner. One of the most interesting and innovative republican governors was effectively off the playing field.

But he may already be eying a return to the political spotlight. With the recently announced retirement of Mel Martinez there is going to be an open senate seat in Florida, and Jeb is seriously considering a run. With his still-potent popularity, he has to be considered a prohibitive favorite for the seat. Does this portend a possible run for national office in 2012? He certainly has a lot to offer.

*He is an intensely practical politician, which would endear him to the business wing of the party as well as moderates.

*He is a man of faith --raised an Episcopalian, later a Roman Catholic --Bush would reassure religious conservatives without scaring the more religiously centrist among us.

*He could help expand the GOP brand top Hispanics. Married to a Mexican, he speaks fluent Spanish, and he insists that legal immigration is good for the nation. Hispanics are "as American in their pursuit of traditional dreams ... as any other group."

*He has a more accomplished resume than most other possible candidates as well as current office holders.

President-Elect Obama has yet to make a single executive decision and the list of potential 2012 opponents is already starting to gel, Palin, Huckabee, Gingrich, Jindal, Pawlenty & Romney to name a few. Should we be adding Bush to the list? Maybe.


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Our 2012 race is looking awesome

if everyone who is speculated to run actually runs; we'd all need them to sign a non-aggression treaty which will probably be signed by no one.  It's hard to believe we could field a group of candidates more interesting and crazy than the 2008 Democratic primary.

Crist is likely to run I think if he wins re-election.

Sadly, I don't think Bush fatigue wears off enough by '12

Maybe if the public thinks Obama is a drooling idget they'll want the Bush family back. If he does that poorly even the likes of Lindsay Graham or Christie Todd Whitman would have a shot at him, though. 

Jeb Bush for US Senate!

I hope Jeb Bush runs for US Senate in Florida.

I think and I hope he realizes that Bush name has had its run in the White House for long enough... save his fire for 2016 when we can have a final Clinton v Bush showdown???

On second thoughts ... I hope not. No more Clintons, not more bushs. Lets have someone and something entirely different.

The Catholic angle is interesting. We are seeing more an more prominent catholic Republicans. I like it. Jindhal maybe our first minority/catholic/Asian Republican nominee.