While I don’t think Jeb Bush stands any chance at becoming our next president in 2016, it’s still a bit surprising to see another Bush running for president so soon. I always figured another one would run, but that it wouldn’t be Jeb.
Well, be that as it may, it’s pretty obvious by now what the 2016 presidential landscape is going to look like. Unless something catastrophic happens between now and then, we’re going to see Clinton vs. Bush round 2 as Hillary and Jeb vie for the title of President of the United States.
And while Jeb isn’t his father or his brother, he’s still a Bush and seems eager to prove it – and I don’t mean that in a good way.
Recently he came out and proclaimed that if he were to run, he doesn’t want to talk about the past. Meaning he doesn’t want to have to answer questions about the disaster that was his brother’s presidency. It’s a tactic that only a fool would think is actually going to work. He has to know that if he plans to run for president, he’s going to have to answer plenty of questions about his brother’s presidency.
But if that wasn’t bad enough, he made himself look even more ridiculous during his first big foreign policy speech where he proclaimed that he is going to “be his own man,” yet seems to be surrounding himself with people from his father’s and brother’s presidencies.
According to ABC News:
The group includes former secretaries of state James Baker, who served under George H.W. Bush, and George Shultz, who served under Ronald Reagan; two former secretaries of homeland security who served under George W. Bush, Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff; two former CIA directors who also served under the later Bush presidency, Michael Hayden and Porter Goss. Stephen Hadley, George W. Bush’s national security advisor was on the list, as well as former Works Bank presidents Paul Wolfowitz and Robert Zoellick. John Negroponte, the first director of national intelligence, has also been advising Bush, as has John Hannah, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former national security adviser, among others.
So, he wants to be “his own man” – by getting advice from a bunch of people who worked for his father and brother.
Yup, he’s definitely a Bush.
It’s really not good that at a time when Jeb should be at his peak – because he’s the clear favorite and he doesn’t have a Democrat challenging him yet – he’s already making gaffes that would make even Mitt Romney proud.
But there’s one thing that’s for certain: 2016 is shaping up to be an election year for the ages. Because while the general election will be quite the brawl, the GOP primary is shaping up to possibly be the most must-see political television we’ve ever seen. Just the thought of Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Ben Carson, Michele Bachmann, Mike Huckabee, Scott Walker, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush (plus whoever else might run) all being on the same stage together, trying to one-up each other – all I can say is, get your popcorn ready.