Hey, who’s up for another Bush in the White House?

When Jeb Bush left office four years ago, his public appearances were as scarce as bi-partisan man hugs.

He didn’t want to upstage his successor in the governor’s mansion nor his brother in the White House. Instead, he quietly cashed in by joining corporate boards and an elite speakers bureau, penned policy essays and gave infrequent interviews to conservative media.

But in recent months, as the Republican Party of Florida has grappled with a leadership vacuum, Bush’s political profile has grown as fast as the national deficit.

He headlined a fundraiser for Bill McCollum’s gubernatorial campaign, starred in a YouTube video touting Jeff Atwater’s campaign for state chief financial officer and helped install state Sen. John Thrasher as the state party’s heir apparent — all the while looming on the sidelines of the fierce Republican Senate primary between Gov. Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio.

The capper came Thursday when, at the top of the 7 o’clock hour, right after Vice President Joe Biden, Bush made a rare network television appearance on NBC’s Today Show. The intensely private Bush’s interview with the overly familiar Matt Lauer rattled Florida political circles.

Was this the beginning of a Jeb juggernaut that would culminate in a 2012 presidential bid?

“My wife called me immediately and said he looked presidential,” said Thrasher, who as the former House speaker helped Bush lay down his agenda. “I said, `Who knows? We’ll see.’ I’m ready to go to Iowa any time he’s ready.”

Jeb Bush is probably the most conservative of the Bush bunch, but still, I’m cringing at the mere thought of it — although a really good two-fer ticket that would be sure to get liberal heads to explode would be Sarah/Jeb.

Maybe that’s why Jeb was in Washington visiting with Obama over the weekend — to better acquaint himself with the White House.

Okay, I’ll shut up now because I’m starting to creep myself out.

Comments

4 Responses to “Another Bush in the White House?”

  1. Rick on February 1st, 2010 8:54 pm

    Compared to the current cast of crooks,”W”‘s daughters might even do well.However,enough of the Bushes and their “new tone” with Dimocrats and illegal citizenship for illegals. The White House belongs to “the people”,not to Clan Bush.

  2. Joyanna Adams on February 2nd, 2010 5:09 pm

    Jeb would never take second fiddle to Sarah. The Bush's would just not allow it.

    I tend to side with Glenn Beck, I wonder if Sarah will even run at all. She is in a position to be a multi-millionaire as a TV pundit for her life, and also to not have to deal with all the headaches of the Presidency. She might be just honest enough, and smart enough, NOT to want the office for the usual "ego" reasons.

    I'm betting she is will not even be in contention for it, but…we will see.

    After all, look at the power that Glenn and Rush have had just giving their opinions.
    Most Presidents have to play the "game." Being at Fox gives her more freedom.

    Sure they have the ultimate power, of "executive orders" but if you value your integrity at the end of the day, you cannot be President in this corrupt system.

    On the other hand, Sarah as President would be a refreshing start to a reprive…so maybe "the People" will force the Bush's out of the White House of power.

  3. archer52 on February 2nd, 2010 9:20 pm

    I live in Florida and can say the whole Bush era was not that bad. However, as much as I like him, he suffers the same blind spot as his brother and his father's middle of the road demeanor. All the Bush's are good people, but they are big government and open borders (especially Hispanics) advocates.

    With 300 million out there to pick from, I think we can do better.

  4. Nanny on February 3rd, 2010 12:19 am

    I agree the Bush family has a good heart and good intentions but enough is enough.

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