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Matt Towery: Are three birds in hand worth one in the Bush? (Another Bush?)
The Cherokee Tribune ^ | March 10, 2012 | Matt Towery

Posted on 03/09/2012 9:38:37 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

After the not so “Super” Tuesday results, pundits and experts predicted a much longer march to the Republican National Convention to be held in Tampa, Fla. Many experts believe Mitt Romney will ultimately gain the required delegates to win the nomination prior to the convention. But talk of a so-called “open” convention, where no candidate has the needed votes and delegates might be free to choose the candidate of their own personal preference is increasing, as well.

The likelihood of such a scenario actually playing out remains relatively low. But should Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum capture the Texas primary, which by virtue of having been moved farther back of the schedule can qualify as a “winner take all” state, the race could be placed in a tailspin.

Dissatisfaction with the current GOP field seems high, but can easily be written off to candidates who have been overexposed through too many debates and a goofy string of “proportional” primaries and caucuses virtually guaranteed to make the candidates battle to the death. Regardless, the longer this GOP presidential road show lasts, the greater the chances that something occurs to actually force Republicans to abandon their “field of dreams” and examine alternatives.

Should this bizarre concept of a late summer brokered convention conducted in the hottest days in Florida actually take place, there are plenty of names that would be added to the current mix of candidates, including Sarah Palin, who explicitly said that she would not shut the door on a nomination should it come her way. Palin has won over a vast number of conservative and Republican skeptics in the past few years by serving as a steady and thoughtful voice for her party.

But I have a guess as to the name that the delegates, if given the choice to be free to choose on their own, would gravitate to in a hurry. That name is Jeb Bush.

It’s not that the former Florida governor wants the thing. If Bush has plans for the White House, it would likely be four years from now, if at all. But given the fact that the nominee would have only two solid months to campaign against an increasingly strong Barack Obama, who will have money to spare and a media declaring the economy on a roll, it would take a seasoned superstar to rescue the GOP. The idea of a national convention filled with fighting and bargaining would be too much for anyone but a huge name with built-in connections and not a part of the war to survive.

Jeb Bush left his position as governor a very popular man. He was viewed by most as a conservative, creative and extremely savvy leader. The Republican-dominated legislature sometimes viewed him as a bit heavy handed, but that comes with the territory when one is a governor.

Most analysts would say “the country would never elect another Bush as president.” They are nuts. Bush could debate Obama in a manner that would shock not only Democrats, but moderates as well. This guy is fast on his feet, knows public policy inside and out, and is no stranger to the presidency.

As for any comparisons to his father or brother and their presidencies, the nation would get a taste of the best of both men. There would be no question about whether Jeb Bush could meet the interests of the conservative side of the GOP. The good news is that he is strong in his convictions, and he is able to articulate them in a very positive way. There would be no ability for the press to unfairly characterize him as inarticulate or not bright. They got away with it to some extent under his brother’s administration — which is pretty ironic because they drooled over interviews with him when he released his autobiography.

In the case of Jeb Bush, it is obvious you are dealing with a very smart guy who will get the best of most in any press conference or tangle with the media. It would be a blast to watch the media’s frustration trying to deal with him.

The real issue is whether anyone could convince Bush to accept a nomination in 2012.


TOPICS: Florida; Campaign News; Parties
KEYWORDS: bush; jebbush; palin; romney
The only smart thing Jesse Jackson ever said: "Stay out the Bushes."
1 posted on 03/09/2012 9:38:41 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There are many things that the Bush family may not agree with conservatives on but I can tell you there is not a doubt in my mind that they do not love this country and with every fiber of their being and will do what they can to protect it.
It doesn’t mean I want Jeb Bush to be president.


2 posted on 03/09/2012 9:51:57 PM PST by svcw (CLEAN WATER http://www.longlostsis.com/PI/MayanHelp2012.html)
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To: svcw

Why did George Bush not expose Obama for what he is? Bush had the intelligence on him and knew exactly where he was coming from and what he wanted to accomplish. Now we have an avowed enemy of the United States in our White House.

We’re in a Marxist dominated Oligarchy and the new American Nomenclatura is in place.

The Bushes are part of the ugly Oligarchy.


3 posted on 03/09/2012 9:57:28 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
But should Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum capture the Texas primary, which by virtue of having been moved farther back of the schedule can qualify as a “winner take all” state, the race could be placed in a tailspin.

It appears the Texas Primary will be May 29th. Still a ways away. Obozo saw to that with the court action on redistricting.

4 posted on 03/09/2012 10:14:26 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Texas Fossil

Yes, but BHO2’s intelligence and savoir faire is greatly over rated.


5 posted on 03/09/2012 10:28:20 PM PST by SatinDoll (No Foreign Nationals as our President!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ll probably take some heat for this, but were Jeb Bush not a Bush, I could live with him as a candidate. Not the perfect conservative, no. Neither was George W. or George H.W. I’d still take either of them over Obama any day, and I feel the same way about Jeb.

The problem is, Jeb *is* a Bush. Political dynasties are a bad thing in and of themselves. Any candidate from the Bush family is also going to be tarred with the family name and linked by Obama and the MSM to the failings (actual and media-generated) of Dubya. A fairly large percentage of voters still blame him for the 2008 meltdown and the rotten economy we have in 2012. Not fair, but what in politics ever is?

Beyond all of that, I think it far too late for someone to come riding in like the cavalry now. The election is 9 months away, and unless a candidate entered with a complete national organization and a huge war chest, he or she’d be at a real disadvantage, IMHO. We have to make the best of the hand we’re holding: Romney, Gingrich, or Santorum (I don’t consider Paul a serious candidate, and besides, he’s a goony bird).


6 posted on 03/09/2012 11:41:49 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: DemforBush

I thought Jeb was a good governor. I feel the same.


7 posted on 03/10/2012 3:02:30 AM PST by goseminoles
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To: unkus
Why did George Bush not expose Obama for what he is?

That was not his job.

That was McCain/Palin's job. Bush did his job when he ran against Gore and Kerry.

8 posted on 03/10/2012 3:57:41 AM PST by what's up
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To: what's up

Why did George Bush not expose Obama for what he is?
That was not his job.

That was McCain/Palin’s job. Bush did his job when he ran against Gore and Kerry.


Bull crap. He was POTUS and it was his job to stay true to his Oath.

You can make up all the excuses you want but the Bushes are part of the Oligarchy now ruling this country. Just last month Bush 41 and Jeb bush were in the Oval Office yucking it up with the evil bastard. Sickening.


9 posted on 03/10/2012 8:51:57 AM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: unkus
Bush was not even asked by McCain to campaign with him.

It's not the sitting President's job to run the campaign. If McCain was to be the new leader, it was up to him to show he could understand the issues and take the reins...which he did not do.

Bush should not have been expected to do McCain's job and expose Obama. He did his job with Gore and Kerry.

10 posted on 03/10/2012 9:47:51 AM PST by what's up
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To: what's up

I stand by what I said. Bush could and should have exposed 0bama as an avowed enemy of the United States.

I love my country more than I like George Bush.

Bush is part of the ruling Oligarchy. He’s right in there with Bill Clinton and all the rest. They’re all buddies and cover each others azzes.

They don’t cross the line because they want to live a little longer.

If 0bama is reelected, a conversation like this will be dangerous and risky, to say the least.


11 posted on 03/10/2012 10:07:53 AM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: unkus
Bush was a great believer in the people and their voting process. He would not have used his office to push into McCain's election. He would have appeared at some campaign events, but he was not asked. McCain and Palin barely mentioned him and when they did it was not in flattering terms.

I do believe Bush would have helped McCain more if asked...in fact, he said as much. But McCain never liked Bush and did not ask for his help.

In addition, what makes you think anything Bush said would have made any difference? Nobody on either the right or left believed what he said near the end of his tenure. If he had said anything about Obama, the media would have ridiculed it as usual and nobody would have believed it.

12 posted on 03/10/2012 10:21:16 AM PST by what's up
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To: svcw

Daddy Bush loved the ideal of a global government more than he is in love with the ideal of a soverign constitutional Republic. He made that very clear with his statments about it and with his EO on Agenda 21. He permitted the UN to dictate the terms of the Gulf War which led to another war by his son which also was left to the UN for approval.

W was more interested in “compasionate” conservativism (socialism) and globalism than he was in the constitutional Republic. He sought to implement the North American Union which is a big part of global government plans. Obama has advanced that agenda. At the same time, he bucked the globalist efforts for the global warming agenda (UN taxation and centralized control over the drilling and use of oil).

I don’t want to see Jeb in the White House. No more global elitists - citizens of the world - in the White House. No more elitists shouting down the American-Americans in this country while global elitists and socialists are free to drive the car as serves their wealth and power.

No more dreams of global social and economic engineering and ruling. Multiculturalism is a collection of the most evil elitist ideals in the world. We have our own ideals born of freedom in America and they are better than the world’s. Globalism is one place we must strongly defeat the elite’s “progress.” We must not be involved in serving that beast.


13 posted on 03/10/2012 10:52:24 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: what's up

I think 0bama has a 50-50 chance of winning in Nov.

The country is now too stupid and complacent to see it’s own destruction happening right before it’s eyes.

At least our side is better prepared.


14 posted on 03/10/2012 12:57:37 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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