This guy says Jeb Bush can’t become president because of his brother’s legacy


Peter Beinart ARGUES that a third President Bush is just not in the cards:

On five talk shows Sunday morning, Jeb Bush reminded America why he’ll never be president: it’s hard to distance yourself from your own last name.

“I don’t think there’s any Bush baggage at all,” the former Florida governor said on  Fox News Sunday. “I love my brother. I’m proud of his accomplishments.” On Meet the Press,   he added that “history will be kind to George W. Bush.”

Unfortunately for Jeb, history is written by historians. Three times since 2009, pollsters have asked them to rank American presidents, and in those rankings, W. has come in  36th, 39th, and 31st. Only Millard Fillmore, Warren Harding, William Henry Harrison, Franklin Pierce, Andrew Johnson, and James Buchanan rank lower. Ordinary Americans agree. Three times since George W. Bush left office, pollsters have asked the public to rank recent presidents. And three times, W. has ended up second to last, ahead of only Richard Nixon.

It’s no exaggeration to say George W. Bush is more responsible than any other single individual for the Republican Party’s current dismal standing.  When Bush took office, about as many Americans identified as Republicans as identified as Democrats. By the time he left, Democrats enjoyed a roughly 10-point lead. When Bush took office, Americans ages 18 to 29 were split evenly between the two major parties. By the time he left, Democrats enjoyed an advantage of 19 points. To grasp how excited Democrats would be to run a Clinton against a Bush in 2016, you need only remember that Bill Clinton gave the strongest speech at the 2012 Democratic convention, while at the 2012 Republican convention, George W. Bush didn’t speak at all.

That’s why Jeb Bush will never seriously challenge for the presidency—because to seriously challenge for the presidency, a Republican will have to pointedly distance himself from Jeb’s older brother.



  1. Neftali

    Jeb Bush could endorse single payer medicine, a 90% tax on the wealthy, gay marriage, amnesty for all “undocumented workers”, marijuana legalization, a 50% cut in military spending, plus cure cancer and stop global warming, and liberals still wouldn’t vote for him because of his last name. That’s how bad Bush derangement syndrome is for some.

    That said, Jeb is still a powerful asset with many allies with deep pockets. Republicans would be wise not to have him run, but keep him very close by. Perhaps even as campaign manager for whoever is the next nominee. (Like John Sununu was for Romney)

  2. Craig Knauss


    So you’re saying that your hypothetical “Bush derangement syndrome” is almost as debilitating as the “Obama derangement syndrome” that you righties have? But don’t worry. First off, Jeb isn’t going to do all those things you listed. And he probably wouldn’t do any, except for maybe legalizing the undocumented workers.

  3. The Bush crime syndicate has more baggage than Samsonite. Jeb can best serve his country by staying out of politics and helping out the “dumb one” in Crawford.

  4. Jeb can’t win the GOP nomination without going way right, and even then he can’t win it cuz the far right ain’t gonna buy a fake right-winger twice in a row.

    The GOP is doomed as long as it’s saddled with the social-issue loonies. It might be able to maintain control of the U.S. House until the next census, but it’s chances of winning the White House are nil.

    Demographic trends are not on the party’s side. The smart Republicans understand this, but they don’t know what to do about it. They want to get away from the far-right social issues, but the people who embrace that stuff are dominant in the presidential primaries.

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