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Troublesome Priests

07 February 2011 @ 19:16

From John Tabin over at AmSpecBlog:

One of the most impressive appearances by a politician that I’ve ever seen was a speech that Jeb Bush gave a few years back at a National Review Institute event. I’m not terribly surprised that, given the weakness of the GOP field, the NR-niks who were in the room for that speech are now arguing that Jeb ought to jump into the 2012 presidential race; Rich Lowry and Kathryn Jean Lopez both have columns on the topic today (and John J. Miller has a profile of the former Florida governor in NR’s current print edition). Rich’s column in particular makes a strong case that Jeb is better off running this cycle than waiting for another opportunity down the line, and both of them argue that the name “Bush” isn’t as much a liability as it once was.

Message to those who agree with Miss Lopez and Miss Lowry:

Get outta the Bushes!

Or, to put it more simply [and with apologies to Lester Bangs]…

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17 Comments
  1. 07 February 2011 @ 19:41 19:41

    Well said.

  2. 07 February 2011 @ 20:41 20:41

    If the Bush clan was honest with themselves – they’d recognize the Rockefeller big gov (R) brand is dead, then make a bold “pivot” by starting a third party, announcing they have revived the DLC with a buy-out, in a joint press conference with Slick Willie.

    “Whooooooooooo!”
    – Nature Boy Ric Flair

  3. Adobe Walls permalink
    07 February 2011 @ 20:45 20:45

    The mind boggles.

  4. Dandapani permalink
    07 February 2011 @ 21:10 21:10

    As must as I loved Jeb as the Governor here in FL, I’m sorry to say that Bush is a more damaged name brand than Gingrich. Jeb is also very soft on illegal immigration. Very. Soft. Did I mention he was married to a Latina? Soft on illegal immigration. Very.

  5. Dandapani permalink
    07 February 2011 @ 21:10 21:10

    s/must/much/

  6. M. Thompson permalink
    07 February 2011 @ 21:49 21:49

    11 years ago, yes. Now, just take the Ambassador and cabinet posts.

  7. bobbelvedere permalink*
    07 February 2011 @ 23:27 23:27

    Ran: Thank you. It wasn’t worth the stroke, though.

    Liberty: From your lips to the Devil’s ears.

    Adobe: The unmccain would agree with your self-assessment.

    Dandapani: But, hey, they’re just being compassionate!

    MT: No cabinet posts!

  8. Adobe Walls permalink
    07 February 2011 @ 23:45 23:45

    like I said it doesn’t comphendi.

  9. M. Thompson permalink
    08 February 2011 @ 01:07 01:07

    Alright, I was merely thinking of the previous family to have twice occupied the White House.

  10. KingShamus permalink
    08 February 2011 @ 12:31 12:31

    If the GOP nominates Jeb Bush in 2012…damnit.

    Just…damnit.

    Papa Bush was a mess, George Bush was a flawed president dealing with insane events. Jeb Bush seems cut from the same cloth.

    There’s a streak of Bg Government/bleeding heart nonsense in all of them. Want to destroy the Republican Party’s brand forever? Nominate another compassionate conservative with a blind eye towards spending.

    Jeeeebus Christmas, is there nobody at National Review who knows how the game is played?

  11. 08 February 2011 @ 14:51 14:51

    Gack. The only thing worse than nominating Jeb Bush would be picking Newt Gingrich to run with him for Veep. That’s a ticket which is so full of #fail that it boggles the mind to even comprehend it.

    Lowry has gone insane. I thought K-Lo had some common sense, but alas no. And Miller? Good God what is in the coffee at NR World Headquarters? Bill Buckley is turning over in his grave.

    Although they all used to be giddy for Mitt Romney, so in a perverse way this is a step up.

  12. bobbelvedere permalink*
    08 February 2011 @ 16:36 16:36

    Your Majesty: This is why Stacy McCain is correct when he says we must overthrow Twinkle Toes and install Jonah Goldberg as the NR Boss Man. I think the problem with the Bushes may be their aristocratic upbringing.

    Chris: Lowry’s suffers from Stockholm/Beltway Syndrome. Miss Lopez has been drooling over Mitt like a thirteen-year-old for several years. Miller surprises me.

    Viva Le Jonah!

  13. 08 February 2011 @ 17:16 17:16

    Republicans need to stop running tomorrow’s elections with yesterday’s candidates. Sure, McCain might have been a great 2000 candidate, but he was too old, too tired, and not feisty enough for 2008. Romney would have been a good 2008 candidate: pre-ObamaCare, post-economic collapse. He would be horrible in 2012, when people will donate and get out to vote to get rid of ObamaCare.

    We need a small-government conservative who isn’t an insider but who is talented. Enough of this garbage.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      08 February 2011 @ 17:47 17:47

      Roxeanne: Exactly!

  14. Adobe Walls permalink
    08 February 2011 @ 19:37 19:37

    I still say concentrate on correcting the House and Senate which is more important than who wins the White House. It’s way to early to get our bowels in an uproar over candidates for the big house.

  15. theblanque permalink
    08 February 2011 @ 20:59 20:59

    Dr. Cox breaks it to them gently:

  16. bobbelvedere permalink*
    10 February 2011 @ 17:23 17:23

    Adobe: I think we’ve got to fight this war on many fronts. It’s important who nominates people to the SCOTUS and has control over the departments that can issue regulations. We’re over regulated and the damn things carry the force of law. And we need to get control of the FCC.

    The Blanque: Love it, thanks.

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