As we wrote on Wednesday, the Republican Party is largely leaderless at the moment — drifting as it seeks some sort of new (or new-ish) direction to head on fiscal cliff and immigration, among other other issues. The only person capable of herding the party not only in a unified direction but also a direction that can solve (or at least address) the GOP’s issues — demographic and otherwise — is the former governor of Florida. That doesn’t mean that Bush, who is widely speculated as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, needs to decide
Comments: Maybe the Mayans were right after all... This is truly unreal!
I disagree with these comments. Jeb is conservative, and smart and would have made a great president but alas the time is past for him. The Bush name is tarnished beyond repair and will only be healed by time. Jeb is unelectable.
The last thing in the world that Republicans need is the GOP. Somehow Republicans have to find and root out their party´s Sorroses, Alinskys, Wrights, Reids, Geitners and Holders. Republicans are toast until they get some lever-pullers who are committed to obliterating the Socialist Juggernaut that is destroying this country.
Sweet Creamery Butter!!! Why is the GOP trying to force feed us Jeb Bush?!! We need a true conservative if the party is to be saved--however, I´m not sure that´s of any interest to anyone apart from the GOP elite. There are no conservative Bushes, so far as I know. They only appear conservative when compared to the far left.
I love how Democrats are so ready to explain to us how we need to be more like them in order to win elections. If we were, why bother with elections? And are we really supposed to believe they have our best interests at heart? Please!
Wasn´t it JEB who said Reagan couldn´t get nominated in the GOP today due to the Tea Party??? Reagan WAS the tea party circa 1976...We are SCREAMING for a Reagan...but they keep getting subverted by the Boehners and Bushes...
Reagan was the voice in the wilderness who got told to "get in line" by the GOP Power brokers of the day...namely GHW BUSH!!!
The Tea Party is as welcome in DC as a cop at a high school keg party...NO ONE inside the house wants to the see the cop, and only the home owner and the neighbor appreciate him...Regardless of whether they are jocks, stoners, geeks,sluts, etc ALL inside the house unify against the cop to keep the party going...
JEB is just another "swell" at the party who wants his turn at the keg tap...
Yeah right. The Demon-crats pick our poison for us. No Thanks ! And he can take that elitist moron George with him after he recently came out in favor of Illegals flooding the country AGAIN!. George reminded me of why I think he should have been impeached!
Article should close with "I´m Jeb BUSH , and I approve this message ". In all of this wide country can´t we find someone without a famous Father or Brother to be our candidate ? Their must be a real conservative somewhere.
There is a definite divide in how many of us think who post on Lucianne.com. The Repub party is past saving imho. From the age of twelve, I helped build the GOP in my NE corner of Mississippi. My state was totally Democrat at all levels. Now it is majority Repub. The writing I did, the canvasing, the money I gave. Not one election from the time I could vote did I not participate. When my views were given the old arrogant bash during the primaries and before, it began to dawn on me that Repubs were always going to be dominated by moderates and old style liberals. Just because a person calls themselves conservative does not mean they are. I will not vote for any other Republican running for any office on any level if they are Dem lite. No more money, calling from ´headquarters´ or writing letters to the editors. So, all you moderates have won. You own the party. You own all the past and future loses. I am sure that suits you because losing seems to be your goal. Like Ramona, I am not a Republican anymore.
If Jeb Bush were the man to lead us, we´d already know that - because he´d be leading!
We must all pray for a real leader - someone we´d all recognize immediately as having leadership qualities. While such people are rare, they do exist and they are never timid in their manner or the articulation of our cause... like Ronald Reagan.
"I disagree with these comments. Jeb is conservative, and smart and would have made a great president but alas the time is past for him. The Bush name is tarnished beyond repair and will only be healed by time. Jeb is unelectable."
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O.S. Banker, 12/6/2012 10:35:01 AM (No. 9051485)
If the WaPo had spent some of its precious column inches vetting the current pResident then I might consider their advice.
If the WaPo had spent exerted its editorial influence defending Mr. Romney´s character or even questioning Mr. Obama´s proposals they might have established their bonifides as a arbiter of public discourse.
But they have done neither. They have chosen their side. It is against conservatism. Let us bid them good day and forget that they were ever our countrymen.
Okay, Progressive Republicans, if y´all would man up and be the Bull Moose Party again it would be of great help to the the GOP. There´s barely a reason for me to vote Republican if it´s full of progressives.
I suspect that most of the Jeb naysayers here are so brainwashed of the Bush lies that they have no clue the great job Jeb did as Governor. One thing he did do was to handle all the Hurricane disasters far better than Presidents and FEMA. I worked in Emergency Communications and saw it first hand. He did a lot of other good for Florida as well.
But don´t let facts get in the way of your prejudices.
What the Republicans surely do not need right now is two Wapo writers telling us what we need. We lost an election, and this is the time to lick our wounds and eventually regroup. We don´t need a leader "right now."
I have no doubt that Jeb Bush did some fine things as governor of FL; nor do I doubt that he is a good man. But he has one huge mark against him - his name. Even if we were all convinced that he is truly Conservative, not just ConLite, the Bush "brand" would render him unelectable. We keep handing elections to Dems on silver platters. McCain and Romney supporters couldn´t see this, and I suspect Jeb´s enthusiasts will have a similar blind spot.
The GOP has given its Conservative base the tall finger too many times. Those of us who hung on after McCain lost have now joined those who in 2008 said: Never Again. As for the GOP elite, to paraphrase a song - "They did not listen they did not know how, and they´re not listening now." Ramona (the Pest)
Bush 41...New World Order, massive gun ban, no new taxes. Bush 43...Religion of peace, mission accomplished, Homeland Security, Patriot Act. By all means lets make the same mistake a third time and expect a different result.
If Jeb Bush had never existed, never been born, not met his parents - Would the world cry out for him?
America cries out for something, a concept, a composite leader, someone with vision, someone we don´t know yet, perhaps.
We can stipulate that the former governor is politically adroit, or he wouldn´t have been elected in the first place. His political acumen comes from his DNA, with so many of his recent ancestors in high office, and a sibling as a two term president. With this family history he would have had to be a purposeful pinhead to have not learned anything about politics.
With this family history, too, political aptitude, we can nearly assume, was rubbed into his hide in the womb. Aptitude, though, is assimilated by the weakest intellects among us, so is this something to recommend any individual?
It is one thing to have followed the course set out for you, and it is another to generate the conditions required to elevate yourself out of them. Which has this Bush done?
Not long ago we absolutely needed a certain general to rescue our helpless selves from the oppressors. If a man´s brain is sized according to the space that houses it - how large could this former great hope´s be, considering which cranium holds his brain?
Just as the current resident of the nation´s manse is defined by his past words and actions, so should anyone seeking to displace him be defined.
What has WPO´s latest recommendation said or done to have him seen as the hope of a nation?
I agree with poser #5 Bush is a good conservative, but the name is ruined, and americans rebel against dynasties. #43 please keep in mind facts don´t matter to ignorant people. It´s embarrassing that so called knowledgeable conservatives aren´t aware that Jeb was a very conservative governor, one of the most conservative in the country, and more conservative that some of the posters hero Perry.
The last thing the country needs is another Bush in the White House. The last one could not or would not even effectively defend his own policies and that ended with the very liberal Obama being served up to the country.
This Jeb Bush wants to legalize and grant most of the millions of illegal aliens eventual US voting rights, thinking that in keeping with "family values" that they will vote Republican.
The liberal Democrats have consistently been pushing for amnesty and granting US voting rights to the illegal alien population that realistically amounts to 20 million or more these days. Believe me, the liberal Democrats would not be doing that if they ever thought that there was any chance that most Hispanic voters would ever have an epifinany and vote Republican.
The vast majority of the illegal alien population are poor and generally uneducated people from socialist oriented countries, once legalized they would need all sorts of government welfare based benefits and services to survive here. Anyone who believes that a plurality of those people are going to vote Republican is living in a fairyland.
Republican candidates for public office should not be talking about the specific tactics used to deport illegal aliens like "self-deportation" and border fences that are highly unpopular in Hispanic and immigrant communities, all they have to say is that they support the effective administration and enforcement of the immigration laws.
Who are these delusional people who think the Bush name will save a Republican party that was so damaged by GWB´s presidency? Who were the Democrats blaming all the nation´s woes on the past 5 years, yet the nation will flock to another Bush? You can´t fix stupid.
The bushes have had their day. Poppy should have contained his obsession for one of his sons to be president until jeb was ready for it. Instead we got the deeply flawed, intellectually incurious, dubya.
Unfortunately for jeb, we as a nation have had enough of this family. It´s over...and while jeb was better suited to be president, that ship has sailed.....we will never elect another bush to national office.
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