Jeb for President Starts Up Again
The World of Politics in Florida and Tampa Bay.
Monday, November 01, 2010
The new meme is that Jeb Bush will be drafted to run in 2012 in order to thwart a Palin nomination.
Everyone has generally assumed that Jeb intends to lay low, while still carefully tending to his base of corporate donors, occasionally appearing to make statements on a few key issues, and then emerging as the frontrunner for the GOP nomination in 2016.
He has of course, denied wanting to be president. And if you believe him, we should meet sometime, so we can discuss my wealthy Nigerian friend who needs your help transferring a large sum of money.
But it is entirely possible that the, for lack of better word, zeitgeist within the Republican establishment will pull him into a presidential race earlier than expected.
He would be an instant frontrunner in a Republican primary, buoyed by the Bush name (still garbage among the electorate at large, but gold among many primary voters) and the huge sums of secret and unregulated corporate dollars that would be spent on his behalf. He would even be able to pull some evangelical support away from Huckabee and Palin.