July 14, 2015

NO DRAMA:

Bush Represents Tradition and Quiet Competence (Steve Huntley - July 6, 2015, RCP)

In previous columns, I've expressed skepticism about the Bush candidacy. He, like Clinton, reflects the 20th century more than the 21st. A third Bush presidency is a hard sell. Americans don't like dynastic politics.

Yet, he's proved to be impressive on the campaign trail. While he hasn't achieved the "shock and awe" breakout his supporters hoped, he remains at the top of the crowded, strong field of GOP presidential contenders. Polls also show his acceptability is rising among Republicans, some who had worried he's not conservative enough despite his Florida record. And a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll revealed voters just don't seem to care about the dynasty issue.

At this early point in the 2016 contest, Bush has to rank among the candidates best positioned to win the GOP nomination. I'd say the others are Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Bush represents tradition and quiet competence. That's not to be discounted as a general election plus since Clinton's record as secretary of state seems thinner by the day.

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