New York Times: For Jeb Bush, Life Defending the Family Name
I’ve never been that interested in Jeb Bush because I’m honestly a bit tired of the Bush last name. Three presidents from the same family in just a couple of decades seems like a bit much to me. I’m also skeptical that he would have any chance at running for President because other people feel the same way. And, lastly, I’m not that pleased with what the previous 2 Bush’s did while in office.
Despite all that, this article was very interesting. First he takes on Obama and his Bush-blame-game:
“It’s kind of like a kid coming to school saying, ‘The dog ate my homework,’ ” Mr. Bush, this state’s former governor, said over lunch last week at the Biltmore Hotel. “It’s childish. This is what children do until they mature. They don’t accept responsibility.”
In fact, instead of constantly bashing the 43rd president, Mr. Bush offered, perhaps Mr. Obama could learn something from him, especially when it comes to ignoring the Washington chatter. “This would break his heart, to get advice that applies some of the lessons of leadership my brother learned, because he apparently likes to act like he’s still campaigning, and he likes to blame George’s administration for everything,” Mr. Bush said, dangling a ketchup-soaked French fry. “But he really seems like he’s getting caught up in what people are writing about him.”
“I mean, good God, man, read a book!” Mr. Bush said with a laugh. “Go watch ESPN!”
His political reputation is also a lot more Tea Party friendly then I would have guessed:
No matter what happens in November’s midterm elections, Republicans will have to make a difficult calibration as they head into the presidential season. The party needs a messenger who can keep its Tea Party-type activists energized behind an agenda and a nominee. But Republicans will also be looking for someone who can reposition the party nationally and make its more strident ideology palatable to the wider American electorate.
This explains why some influential Republicans persist in believing that Mr. Bush might still make a strong candidate in 2012. He is a favorite of the anti-establishment crowd (he is said to have mentored Marco Rubio, the Senate challenger in Florida who gave the Tea Partiers a national lift), but he is also a political celebrity with a pronounced independent streak.
While “independent streak” is too often codeword for “supports progressive policies”, the support of Marco Rubio is intriguing. None of this makes Jeb my favorite for 2012 (or anything close to it), but maybe Jeb Bush is worth paying some attention to.