Monday, October 30, 2006

More Jeb Bush For Vice-President Talk

It's no secret that Gov. Jeb Bush is laying the groundwork for a run for the presidency in either 2012 or 2016. But lately, rumors have been circulating that he may not wait that long to run for national office - but as a nominee for vice president.

Until now, the rumors have focused on Arizona Senator John McCain. McCain earned a reputation as a independent and a maverick, but to win the GOP nomination in 2008, he has been burnishing his credentials as a loyal GOP footsoldier - and there would be no better way to do that than to appoint the current president's socially conservative brother.

But now, a new rumor has surfaced - Romney-Bush. Massachussetts Governor Mitt Romney has emerged as the strongest challenge to McCain's campaign for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008. Romney is aligning himself with the evangelical wing of the GOP because they are a major factor in the nomination process, particularly in Iowa, where the first caucus will be held and where the tone will be set. He also knows that the evangelical community still does not trust McCain.

Romney, however, has some problems of his own, because his Mormon faith puts him out of the protestant evangelical mainstream. If he were to win the support of Jeb Bush, whose actions in the Terry Schiavo case made him a rock star in conservative evangelical circles, those problems would start to melt away.

Bush’s former chief of staff and top political adviser, Sally Bradshaw, has already joined Romney's Commonwealth PAC and Romney has been appearing with Jeb at campaign events and fundraisers in Florida.

While initially disparaged, Romney has proven himself to be a strong fundraiser and organizer and has left many '08 contenders in the dust. Though I had originally only seen him as a dark horse, with the collapse of the would-be candidacies of Senators Bill Frist and Sam Brownback and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Romney and McCain are the only two candidates who seem well positioned to make it all the way to the 2008 Republican convention.


At 10/31/2006 12:46:00 AM, Blogger mommadona said...

If you think the United States Citizens are going to allow another Seed of a Bush and a supposedly adult male who reallyreallyreally believes an angel bonked a man on the head and played hide and seek with a book of gold pages...could POSSIBLY be allowed in control of the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND MILITARY....

YOU are obviously delusional.


At 11/01/2006 10:17:00 AM, Blogger Blue State Republican said...

GOv. Mike Huckabee will be the next President of the United States. Find out why at

At 11/01/2006 11:29:00 AM, Blogger Campaign Manager said...

I thought he would do well, but he has gotten no traction in Iowa or anywhere else. I thought he might be able to raise enough seed money from the Wal-Mart executives in Arkansas to get himself on the map.

Unfortunately, despite being a minister and a strong social conservative, he is not getting a real look from evangelicals nationally. Nor has he been able to raise significant monies.

Giuliani's "will he/won't he" has also sucked a lot of oxygen out of the room for candidates who are not truly top tier (much as Obama has on the Democratic side).

I though that Huckabee would make a strong challenge in Iowa and South Carolina, but he has not raised the money or gotten the local support. There is still time, but things do not look good for him.


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