March 7, 2013
THE EASIEST WAY TO FILL THE JEB-SHAPED HOLE IN THE PARTY:
Jeb Bush is back in the spotlight -- and thinking about 2016 (Peter Wallsten and David Nakamura, March 5, 2013, Washington Post)
He can clearly use some spring training to get his fastball back. Posted by Orrin Judd at March 7, 2013 9:20 PMFormer Florida governor Jeb Bush, who has remained on the sidelines since his older brother left the White House with dismal ratings four years ago, has jumped back into the political fray this week with a new book, wall-to-wall television interviews and a round of public speaking engagements.His appearances mark a change in approach for Bush, 60, who has operated as more of a Republican elder statesman since leaving Tallahassee in 2007 but is now clearly considering a run for the White House.In interview after interview this week, Bush, who had long dismissed the suggestion of a presidential run, spoke openly about his thinking on the matter, and his longtime political adviser, Sally Bradshaw, said Tuesday in an interview that Bush "will seriously think about it.""This is a guy who has big ideas and cares deeply about the future of the party and hopes to play a role in the rebirth of the party, but at what level I don't think he knows," Bradshaw said.