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.