February 7, 2011
FILLING THE BUSH-SHAPED HOLE:
Bush 2012: Jeb Bush should run now, for at least eight reasons. (Rich Lowry,. 2/07/11, National Review)
He’s not just another Bush. Jeb is different from his patrician dad and different from his thoroughly Texan brother. As soon as people see him on the national stage, they’ll realize he’s his own person and has to be taken on his own terms.
7) Jeb can unite the party. Jeb probably has a better chance to unite the establishment and Tea Party wings of the GOP than anyone else, certainly a better chance than Sarah Palin or Mitt Romney would seem to have at this juncture. The establishment would presumably flock to Jeb, while he’d have a record of solid conservative accomplishment to sell to the conservative base. Some tea partiers will have zero interest in another Bush, and Jeb will take his lumps on immigration (at NR, we’ll look forward to administering some of them, and trying to change his mind). It’s a very volatile environment, and were he to run, much would obviously depend on how he actually campaigned. But he would stand a good chance of avoiding a damaging division in the party.
Indeed, one of the biggest reasons for him to run is to, however unwillingly, unite the Right behind Open Borders. Posted by Orrin Judd at February 7, 2011 7:00 AM