Funny: Bush/Palin 2016 seen as GOP’s only chance


Amazingly, THIS is supposed to be serious:

Earlier this year, Jeb Bush told ABC that both his father George H.W. Bush, and brother George W. recommended he run for president in 2016. Mama Barbara Bush is not keen on the idea, declaring in April that “the nation’s probably had enough Bushes.”

But in the constantly shifting equations of potential Republican hopefuls for future president and vice president, the former Florida governor’s name has been tied with another former governor: Sarah Palin.

The pair have now been framed as a “the GOP’s only chance” in the race by American Thinker contributor Michael Sheppard.


Should Hillary Clinton emerge as the Democratic candidate, it could also improve Mr. Bush’s “electability”. Then there is the Palin factor, Mr. Sheppard says. She brings ardent fans with her, of course.

“A Jeb Bush/president – Sarah Palin/vice-president ticket covers all the Electoral College, Evangelical, pro-life, centrist-conservative, experienced governorships, male/female bases,” he notes.


Mr. Sheppard continues, “Palin is not the media neophyte she was in 2008, and never again would be the subject of the astonishing MSM/Blogosphere hate and ambush that she was then. A Bush/Palin team would be a candidacy of ideas, from experienced campaigners, which would have to be addressed by the opposition media and Dem’s without the distraction of lurid media ‘scandals’.”

He ultimately concludes, “The Palin/Bush pairing would see the rifts in the GOP healed over, a united team with massive resources in finance, manpower and credibility, and a very real path to Electoral College victory – an historic compromise for the restoration of a conservative America. All this is moot of course if the immigration crisis splits the GOP asunder – which might well lead be a Bush versus Palin primary campaign.”

But hey. If vice president, Part II doesn’t suit Mrs. Palin, there’s always the U.S. Senate. Last month the Tea Party Leadership Fund launched an effort to draft her to run against Sen. Mark Begich, Alaska Democrat, in 2014.

“You and I both know that Sarah Palin is a fighter who will stand up to Harry Reid and his pals in the Senate to protect our Constitution in issues like amnesty, gun control and our nation’s crushing debt,” organizer Todd Cefaratti told followers in an email. “We know that, with Sarah in the Senate, conservatives across America can rest a little easier at night knowing that she’s at the watch.”



  1. Steverino

    So what has really changed since 2008? Did Palin finally read a periodical?

  2. Brian Opsahl

    First off Jeb could not win a primary because he’s not far right enough.
    Second if Sarah is on the ticket….you all got problems…the Democrats could run a dog catcher against her and win…!!

  3. Neftali

    Brian – Jeb would do better than you think. Each election cycle the states sometimes try to jockey for position in the primary/caucuses dates, but let’s use the 2012 schedule as a reference

    Jan 3rd – Iowa – Like you said, Jeb is not far right enough. But honestly, recent history has shown winning Iowa means nothing. In 2008 Huckabee won, in 2012 Santorum won.

    Jan 10th – New Hampshire – It’s a moderate state with strong ties to the Republican establishment. Jeb would win this primary if Christie is not running.

    Jan 21st – South Carolina – Ultra Conservative state. Jeb wouldn’t do well here.

    Jan 31st – Florida – Jeb’s state where he was formerly governor, and still has good approval ratings. He wins this state easily. So that’s 2 out of the first 4 states that he wins. Around this time the “lesser” candidates start dropping out because of inadequate campaign funding. This would further propel Jeb’s approval. Remember too that Jeb speaks fluent Spanish, which would go a long way toward securing the Hispanic vote with him speaking directly to them in TV and radio ads. Granted, once Super Tuesday hits that will be the true test, and winning the nomination is still a long shot, but he does have a decent shot at it. If Christie doesn’t enter, it would probably come down to Jeb vs. Rand Paul. Bobby Jindal might also have a chance.

    There is absolutely zero chance Palin is on the ticket ever again. Any such talk or speculation is ridiculous and a complete waste of time.

  4. Brian Opsahl

    Nef, I agree with how you see Jeb but could he win a primary…look at the Carolinas and tell me he would do well there. He is a much more likable guy but he would struggle with those strong voting far right wing sect.

    My thought if I was a Republican would be Christy and Jeb…but again that right wing base is very strong.

  5. Neftali

    Yes. He could win a primary. He could win the New Hampshire Primary. He could win the Florida primary for the reasons I stated above.

    Perhaps you are confusing individual states primaries with the overall outright nomination?

  6. Brian Opsahl

    No, I know he could win a primary, but you need to win enough and that’s all i meant.

    If Palin is anywhere on your ticket it is over that’s a givin.

  7. RUexperienced

    The only way Bush/Palin could win is if the democrats ran Nancy Pelosi with Al Sharpton….. Even then it would be a toss up.

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